Flashdance... What a Feeling

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"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
Single by Irene Cara
from the album What a Feelin' and Flashdance soundtrack
B-sideLove Theme from "Flashdance" (Instrumental)
ReleasedApril 3, 1983
Format12" single
7" single
Recorded1982
GenreNew wave, synthpop
Length3:55 (7")
7:16 (12")
LabelCasablanca
Writer(s)Giorgio Moroder (music)
Keith Forsey & Irene Cara (lyrics)[1]
ProducerGiorgio Moroder
CertificationPlatinum (US)
Gold (UK)
Irene Cara singles chronology
"Anyone Can See"
(1981)
"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
(1983)
"Why Me"
(1983)
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"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
Single by Irene Cara
from the album What a Feelin' and Flashdance soundtrack
B-sideLove Theme from "Flashdance" (Instrumental)
ReleasedApril 3, 1983
Format12" single
7" single
Recorded1982
GenreNew wave, synthpop
Length3:55 (7")
7:16 (12")
LabelCasablanca
Writer(s)Giorgio Moroder (music)
Keith Forsey & Irene Cara (lyrics)[1]
ProducerGiorgio Moroder
CertificationPlatinum (US)
Gold (UK)
Irene Cara singles chronology
"Anyone Can See"
(1981)
"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
(1983)
"Why Me"
(1983)
Audio sample
Sorry, your browser either has JavaScript disabled or does not have any supported player.
You can download the clip or download a player to play the clip in your browser.
file info · help
Alternative covers
12" single cover
7" single cover

"Flashdance... What a Feeling" is a song from the 1983 film Flashdance, written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, and Irene Cara, and performed by Cara.[1] Despite the title, the word "Flashdance" itself is not heard in the lyrics; however, the line "In a flash, take a hold of my heart" is a reference to the title of the movie. The instrumental backing tracks of the song made extensive use of synthesizers.

Song information[edit]

In addition to topping the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cara's only No. 1 hit and earning a platinum record in 1983, "Flashdance... What a Feeling" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song,[1] and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1984.

Giorgio Moroder originally recorded "Flashdance... What a Feeling" with Joe Esposito; Paramount Pictures asked Moroder to rework the song with a female artist to parallel the gender of the dancer who was the film's protagonist.

The song appears on the original soundtrack album of Flashdance, and Irene Cara's second solo album, What a Feelin'. Cara won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, in 1984 for her performance of the song. The song was also nominated for Record of the Year.

There are additional lyrics in the 12-inch single version of the song. The lines "If I only could take all the love that you give, and escape to a world crystal clear" precede the lines "Well I hear the music, close my eyes, feel the rhythm". There is also a second instrumental break with a guitar solo.

The song was the number three single of the year in 1983 on the Billboard year-end chart. In 2008, the song was ranked at No. 26 on Billboard's All Time Top 100, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

In the UK, the song spent one week at number two on the chart dated July 5, 1983,[1] being kept from the top position by Rod Stewart's "Baby Jane". The song was the 25th best-selling single of 1983 in the UK.

The song featured in the 1997 comedy film The Full Monty.

The song's use in the film[edit]

The soundtrack album featured the version usually played by radio stations. The song appears twice in the film, during the opening title sequence and as the backing for Alex's audition routine in the final sequence. Both of these versions were recorded specially for the film, and have different arrangements from the album version.

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1983)Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report1
Austrian Singles Chart4
Canadian RPM Top Singles1
Dutch Top 40[3]13
European Singles Chart1
Irish Singles Chart[4]2
Italy (Musica e Dischi)[5]1
Japanese Singles Chart1
New Zealand Singles Chart1
Norwegian Singles Chart1
Spain (AFYVE)[6]1
Swedish Singles Chart1
Swiss Singles Chart1
UK Singles Chart[1]2
U.S. Billboard Hot 1001
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks4
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1983)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1003

End-of-decade charts[edit]

End of decade (1980–1989)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1007

Cover versions[edit]

Sampling[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (30–21)
  3. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 21, 1983". Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement
  5. ^ "Settimana 19 Novembre 1983" (in Italian). Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  7. ^ Stela Enache – Ce e iubirea (What a Feeling – cover) on YouTube
  8. ^ Listplacering
  9. ^ "We Are Apple (Leading The Way)". Apple Inc. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 

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