Flashdance... What a Feeling
|"Flashdance... What a Feeling"|
|Single by Irene Cara|
|from the album What a Feelin' and Flashdance soundtrack|
|B-side||Love Theme from "Flashdance" (Instrumental)|
|Released||April 3, 1983|
|Genre||New wave, synthpop|
|Writer(s)||Giorgio Moroder (music)
Keith Forsey & Irene Cara (lyrics)
|Irene Cara singles chronology|
"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. 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.
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, 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.
In the UK, the song spent one week at number two on the chart dated July 5, 1983, 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
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.
|Australian Kent Music Report||1|
|Austrian Singles Chart||4|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||1|
|Dutch Top 40||13|
|European Singles Chart||1|
|Irish Singles Chart||2|
|Italy (Musica e Dischi)||1|
|Japanese Singles Chart||1|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||1|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||1|
|Swedish Singles Chart||1|
|Swiss Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||3|
|End of decade (1980–1989)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||7|
- In August, following the success of the English version in Japan, singer Miki Asakura released a popular Japanese-language version, that was subsequently used as the theme for the TBS drama Stewardess Monogatari (A Stewardess' Story) starring Chiemi Hori.
- A French-language version, "Danse ta vie", was released by New Paradise and Tiffany in 1983, and by Sylvie Vartan the same year.
- Stela Enache recorded a Romanian cover – "Ce e iubirea", under the dictatorial regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu, released with a daring video for that period.
- Céline Dion sang the song live and included it on her live album Céline Dion en concert.
- Cara recorded a reworked version of "What a Feeling" with Swiss dance music artist DJ BoBo, winner of 10 World Music Awards. The duet featured new lyrics sung by DJ BoBo himself and reached No. 2 in Switzerland, No. 3 in Germany and No. 11 in Austria. The song was featured on DJ BoBo's album Planet Colors.
- Petra reached No. 44 on the French charts for Belgium with her remake entitled "What a Feeling".
- A Eurodance cover by Karen Parry was released as a single.
- Reggae fusion singer Sean Kingston covered the song to promote his third studio album. The cover also contained some original lyrics.
- British group Girls Aloud covered the song in their Chemistry Tour in 2006.
- A cover of the song by Uruguayan actress/singer Natalia Oreiro was included in the movie Miss Tacuarembó.
- Lea Michele and Jenna Ushkowitz covered the song in Glee season 3's 20th episode.
- German singer Ramona Wulf released a German version in 1983 called "Flashdance: Tanz Im Feuer".
- Julia DeMato and Hollie Cavanagh in the second and eleventh seasons of American Idol.
- All-female a cappella group Delilah covered the song during season three of NBC's The Sing-Off.
- Marie Picasso covered the song in 2007, peaking at 54 at the Swedish singles chart.
- The Shadows performed an instrumental version of the song on their album Reflection (1990).
- Der Bittersüsse Geschmack, composed by David Brandes, and performed by Sarah-Stephanie on her 2012 album Herzkommando, uses the same melody, although it does not appear to give credit.
- In 1984, when Apple Computer introduced the Macintosh in a shareholder's meeting, they had a corporate song which sampled the original melody, along with "What a Feeling" in the lyrics.
- In 1986, Lara Fabian sung an original that incorporates the melody of its chorus as "L'Aziza Est En Pleurs".
- In 2005, the Austrian dance group Global Deejays sampled the original melody for their single "What a Feeling (Flashdance)".
- In 2006, The Hughes Corporation released a house track which featured samples from the original song. The video for the song was a sequel to the video for Eric Prydz' 2004 song "Call on Me".
- In 2008, J-pop singer Namie Amuro sampled the song for the track "What a Feeling" on her triple A-side single "60s 70s 80s", which reached number one on Japanese Oricon charts.
- In 2010, Jason Derülo sampled the song for his single "The Sky's the Limit".
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