Flashdance... What a Feeling

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"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
Side-A label of one of U.S. 7-inch vinyl editions
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 1983
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1983
Genre Pop[1]
Length 3:57
Label Casablanca[2]
Writer(s) Giorgio Moroder (music)
Keith Forsey & Irene Cara (lyrics)[3]
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder
Certification Platinum (US)
Gold (UK)
Irene Cara singles chronology
"Anyone Can See"
(1981)
"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
(1983)
"Why Me?"
(1983)
Audio sample
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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.[3]

Song information[edit]

In addition to topping the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cara's only #1 song, it earned a platinum record, the Academy Award for Best Original Song,[3] the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song,[4] and the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.[5] In 2004 it finished at #55 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. The song also kept Culture Club's song "Time (Clock of the Heart)" off the number one spot.

The song was the #3 single of the year in 1983 on the Billboard year-end chart. In 2008, the song was ranked at #26 on Billboard's All Time Top 100, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100.[6]

In the United Kingdom, the song spent one week at #2 on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending date July 9, 1983.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Irene Cara version[edit]

Chart (1983–84) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[7] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[8] 4
Belgian Singles Chart[9] 22
Canadian Singles Chart[7] 1
Dutch Top 40[10] 13
French Singles Chart[7] 1
German Singles Chart[11] 3
Irish Singles Chart[12] 2
Japan Singles Chart[7] 1
Italy (Musica e dischi)[13] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[14] 1
Norway Singles Chart (VG-lista) 1
Polish Singles Chart[7] 21
Swedish Singles Chart[15] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[16] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[17] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 2
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Position
Australia[18] 2
Canada 4
New Zealand[19] 4
UK[20] 19
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[21] 3

Global DeeJays version[edit]

Charts (2005) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[22] 44
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[24] 28
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[25] 29
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100 Oficiální)[26] 7
France (SNEP)[27] 18
Germany (Official German Charts)[28] 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[29] 35
Russia (2M) 9
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[30] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 45

Cover versions[edit]

"What a Feeling (Flashdance)"
Single by Global Deejays
from the album Network
Released 2005
Format CD single
Length 6:06
Writer(s) Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara
Global Deejays singles chronology
"The Sound of San Francisco"
(2005)
"What a Feeling (Flashdance)"
(2005)
"Don't Stop (Me Now)"
(2006)
  • Björn Again released a version of the song as a single in 1993 which reached #65 on the UK Singles Chart.[32]
  • 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.[33]
  • 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.[34]
  • Marie Picasso covered the song in 2007. Picasso's version peaked at 54 position on the Swedish singles chart.[35]
  • Extensive samples are included in Jason Derulo's 2010 single "The Sky's the Limit".[36]
  • The Glee Cast released a version of the song as a single in 2012 which reached #145 on the UK Singles Chart.[37]
  • In 2015, French singer Maude Harcheb released a bilingual French / English cover version as "Danse ta vie" featuring Vitaa accompanied with a music video.[38] It was included in the French compilation album Les Stars Font Leur Cinéma.[39]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 50 Greatest Pop Songs of the '80s, Nos. 20-11 - Metro Weekly". Metro Weekly. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ Irene Cara, "Flashdance...What a Feeling" single release Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Browse Results". OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS. 
  5. ^ "Past Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary: All-Time Top Songs". Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Song title 141 - Flashdance... What a Feeling". tsort.info. 
  8. ^ Irene Cara, "Flashdance...What a Feeling" Australian chart position Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  9. ^ Irene Cara, "Flashdance...What a Feeling" Belgian chart position Retrieved January 31, 2016/
  10. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 21, 1983". Top40.nl. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts". officialcharts.de. 
  12. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Settimana 19 Novembre 1983" (in Italian). Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  14. ^ Irene Cara, "Flashdance...What a Feeling" New Zealand chart position Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  15. ^ Irene Cara, "Flashdance...What a Feeling" Swedish chart position Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  16. ^ Irene Cara, "Flashdance...What a Feeling" Swiss chart position Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  17. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  18. ^ Aria 1983 Year-End Chart Archived February 4, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  19. ^ New Zealand Top Selling Singles of 1983 Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  20. ^ UK Singles Chart 1983 Year-End Chart Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  21. ^ Billboard Hot 100 1983 Year-End Chart Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  22. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  23. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  24. ^ "Ultratop.be – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  25. ^ "Ultratop.be – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  26. ^ musicserver.cz: IFPI TOP 100 SKLADEB týden 33
  27. ^ "Lescharts.com – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" (in French). Les classement single.
  28. ^ "Musicline.de – Global Deejays Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  29. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  30. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)" Canciones Top 50.
  31. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Global Deejays – What a Feeling (Flashdance)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  32. ^ Björn Again, "Flashdance...What a Feeling" chart position Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  33. ^ "Priscilla - Cette vie nouvelle (Chanson)". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  34. ^ Charlotte Perrelli, December 2013 Artist of the Month Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  35. ^ Steffen Hung. "Marie Picasso - Flashdance ... What A Feeling". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Jason Derulo – 'The Sky's The Limit'". BBC. November 19, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  37. ^ The Glee Cast, "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" chart positions Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  38. ^ MAUDE FEAT. VITAA - Danse Ta Vie (Clip). YouTube. April 27, 2015. 
  39. ^ evous.fr: Les Stars font leur cinéma, le nouvel album de reprises(French)

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