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-side Love Theme from "Flashdance" (Instrumental)(7")
Found It (12")
Released April 3, 1983
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1982
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:57
Label Casablanca[citation needed]
Writer(s) Giorgio Moroder (music)
Keith Forsey & Irene Cara (lyrics)[1]
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder[citation needed]
Certification Platinum (US)
Gold (UK)
Irene Cara singles chronology
"Anyone Can See"
"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
"Why Me"
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"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]

Song information[edit]

In addition to topping the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cara's only No. 1 song, it earned a platinum record, the Academy Award for Best Original Song,[1] the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song,[2] and the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.[3] In 2004 it finished at #55 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

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.[4]

In the United Kingdom, the song spent one week at number two on the UK Singles Chart dated July 5, 1983.[1]


Irene Cara version[edit]

Chart (1983–84) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[5] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 4
Belgian Singles Chart[7] 22
Canadian Singles Chart[5] 1
Dutch Top 40[8] 13
French Singles Chart[5] 1
German Singles Chart[9] 3
Irish Singles Chart[10] 2
Japan Singles Chart[5] 1
Italy (Musica e dischi)[11] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[12] 1
Norway Singles Chart (VG-lista) 1
Polish Singles Chart[5] 21
Swedish Singles Chart[13] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[15] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 2
US Billboard Hot 100 1

Global DeeJays version[edit]

Charts (2005) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[16] 44
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[18] 28
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[19] 29
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100 Oficiální)[20] 7
France (SNEP)[21] 18
Germany (Official German Charts)[22] 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[23] 35
Russia (2M) 9
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[24] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 45

Cover versions[edit]

"What a Feeling (Flashdance)"
Single by Global Deejays
from the album Network
Released 2005
Format CD single
Genre House
Length 6:06
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara
Global Deejays singles chronology
"The Sound of San Francisco"
"What a Feeling (Flashdance)"
"Don't Stop (Me Now)"
  • In 1994, Australian ABBA parody group Björn Again released a cover of the song done in ABBA style, along with an accompanying music video.
  • In 2001, DJ BoBo released new version of this song in duo with Irene Cara called "What a Feeling" for his album Planet Colors. In 2002 he recorded alternative version for his compilation Celebration and performed it live during his "Celebration" (with Cara) and "Fantasy" tours.
  • French singer Priscilla Betti released a French version of the song named "Cette vie nouvelle" as the second single from her debut album Cette vie nouvelle (2002). It peaked at number nine on the French singles chart.[26]
  • In 2004, Swedish singer Charlotte Perrelli performed the song live as host of the televised music contest show Melodifestivalen and recorded a studio version which was released as a promotional single to promote the contest. The track was also included on her third album Gone Too Long and considered to be one of the highlights of that album.[27]
  • Marie Picasso covered the song in 2007. Picasso's version peaked at 54 position on the Swedish singles chart.[28]
  • Extensive samples are included in Jason Derulo's 2010 single "The Sky's the Limit".[29]
  • In 2015, French singer Maude Harcheb released a bilingual French / English cover version as "Danse ta vie" featuring Vitaa accompanied with a music video.[30] It was included in the French compilation album Les Stars Font Leur Cinéma.[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Past Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary: All-Time Top Songs". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Song title 141 - Flashdance... What a Feeling". tsort.info. 
  6. ^ http://austriancharts.at/showitem.asp?interpret=Irene+Cara&titel=Flashdance+%2E%2E%2EWhat+A+Feeling&cat=s
  7. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/3c3/Irene-Cara-Flashdance-...What-A-Feeling
  8. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 21, 1983". Top40.nl. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts". officialcharts.de. 
  10. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  11. ^ "Settimana 19 Novembre 1983" (in Italian). Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  12. ^ http://charts.org.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=Irene+Cara&titel=Flashdance+%2E%2E%2EWhat+A+Feeling&cat=s
  13. ^ http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Irene+Cara&titel=Flashdance+%2E%2E%2EWhat+A+Feeling&cat=s
  14. ^ http://hitparade.ch/song/Irene-Cara/Flashdance-...What-A-Feeling-963
  15. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  16. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  17. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  20. ^ musicserver.cz: IFPI TOP 100 SKLADEB týden 33
  21. ^ "Lescharts.com – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" (in French). Les classement single.
  22. ^ "Musicline.de – Global Deejays Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  23. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  24. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" Canciones Top 50.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  26. ^ "Priscilla - Cette vie nouvelle (Chanson)". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  27. ^ http://www.eurovisionontop.com/artistofthemonth2013.htm
  28. ^ Steffen Hung. "Marie Picasso - Flashdance ... What A Feeling". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  29. ^ "Jason Derulo – 'The Sky's The Limit'". BBC. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  30. ^ MAUDE FEAT. VITAA - Danse Ta Vie (Clip). YouTube. April 27, 2015. 
  31. ^ evous.fr: Les Stars font leur cinéma, le nouvel album de reprises(French)

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