Flashdance... What a Feeling

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"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
Flashdance... What a Feeling by Irene Cara U.S. vinyl 7-inch Side A.jpg
Side-A label of one of U.S. 7-inch vinyl editions
Single by Irene Cara
from the album What a Feelin' & Flashdance: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
B-side
  • "Love Theme from Flashdance" (instrumental) (7", CD)
  • "Found It" (12")
ReleasedApril 3, 1983 (1983-04-03)
Recorded1982–83
GenrePop[1]
Length3:55
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Giorgio Moroder
Irene Cara singles chronology
"Anyone Can See"
(1981)
"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
(1983)
"Why Me?"
(1983)
Audio sample
Music video
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" on YouTube

"Flashdance... What a Feeling" is a song from the 1983 film Flashdance, written by Italian composer Giorgio Moroder (music), Keith Forsey and Irene Cara (lyrics), and performed by Cara.[3]

Composition and background[edit]

The song is in the key of B♭ Major and has a tempo of 122 beats per minute.[4]

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,[5] and the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.[6] 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.

It reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of May 28, 1983 and stayed there for 6 weeks. On July 9, it was succeeded by "Every Breath You Take" by The Police and spent the rest of the month in the top three. It spent 14 weeks in the top ten, thus making it the longest running top-ten single of 1983. 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.[7]

In the United Kingdom, the song spent one week at #2 on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending date July 9, 1983, behind "Baby Jane" by Rod Stewart.[3]

Formats and track listing[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Flashdance... What a Feeling".

7" vinyl, mini CD single
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Flashdance... What a Feeling"Keith Forsey, Irene Cara3:55
2."Love Theme from "Flashdance" (Instrumental)"Giorgio Moroder3:26
12" vinyl single
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Flashdance... What a Feeling (Remix)"Keith Forsey, Irene Cara7:16
2."Found It"Frank Floyd, Irene Cara4:20

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[41] Platinum 1,000,000*
Italy (FIMI)[42]
sales since 2009
Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Marcia Hines version[edit]

"What a Feeling"
Single by Marcia Hines
from the album Time of Our Lives
ReleasedNovember 29, 1998
Recorded1998
GenreDance-pop
Length3:25
Songwriter(s)Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara
Producer(s)Nick Coler, Ian Richardson
Marcia Hines singles chronology
"Give It All You Got"
(1994)
"What a Feeling"
(1998)
"Makin' My Way"
(1999)

Marcia Hines recorded a version of the single titled "What a Feeling" in 1998. It was released as the lead single from her ninth studio album, Time of Our Lives (1999).

Track listing[edit]

CD-Single

  1. What A Feeling 3:25
  2. What A Feeling (12" Mix) 5:30
  3. What A Feeling (Discothèque Remix) 7:07
  4. What A Feeling (Easy Skanking Mix) 5:57
  5. What A Feeling (Freakazoid Dub Mix) 6:35
  6. What A Feeling (Extended Mix) 5:23
  7. I Got The Music In Me 4:38

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998/99) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 66
Australian Singles Chart 23

Global DeeJays version[edit]

"What a Feeling (Flashdance)"
Flashdance global DJs.jpg
Single by Global Deejays
from the album Network
Released2005
Length6:06
Songwriter(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)

In 2005 Global Deejays covered "What a Feeling" on their Album Network.

Charts[edit]

Charts (2005) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[45] 44
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[46] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[47] 28
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[48] 29
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100 Oficiální)[49] 7
France (SNEP)[50] 18
Germany (Official German Charts)[51] 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[52] 35
Russia (2M) 9
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[53] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[54] 45

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Japanese singer Miki Asakura released a Japanese version of the song used as an opening song for the Japanese drama Stewardess Story.
  • Björn Again released a version of the song as a single in 1993 which reached #65 on the UK Singles Chart.[55]
  • Swiss Dance act DJ BoBo released a version as a duet with Irene Cara in 2001, which reached #2 on the Swiss charts and #3 on the German charts.[56]
  • 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.[57]
  • Marie Picasso covered the song in 2007. Picasso's version peaked at 54 position on the Swedish singles chart.[58]
  • Extensive samples of Cara's version are included in Jason Derulo's 2010 single "The Sky's the Limit".[59]
  • Lea Michele and Jenna Ushkowitz covered the song for their hit series Glee in the season three episode "Props." The single was released May 25, 2012, and charted at number 145 in the UK.[60][61]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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