Flashdance... What a Feeling

Flashdance... What a Feeling

Infobox Single
Name = Flashdance... What a Feeling

Artist = Irene Cara
from Album = What a Feelin' and Flashdance
Released = 1983
2001 (re-released)
Format = 12" single
7" single
Recorded = 1983
Genre = Pop rock, Disco
Length = 3:55
Label = Casablanca Records
Writer = Giorgio Moroder (music)
Keith Forsey (lyrics)
Irene Cara (lyrics)
Producer = Giorgio Moroder
Certification = Platinum (US)
Gold (UK)
Misc =Extra chronology
Artist = Irene Cara
Type = singles
Last single = "Anyone Can See"
This single = "Flashdance... What a Feeling"
Next single = "Why Me"
Upper caption = Audio sample
Audio file = Flashdance.ogg
Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternative cover
Type = single

Lower caption = Cover of the 12" single

Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternative cover
Type = single

Lower caption = Cover of the 7" single
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" is an Academy Award winning song from the 1983 film "Flashdance" which was performed by Irene Cara.

ong information

In addition to topping the Billboard Hot 100 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. Despite the title, the word "Flashdance" is never used in the lyrics. The instrumental backing tracks of the song make extensive use of synthesizers.

The song has appeared on the original soundtrack album of "Flashdance", and Irene Cara's second solo album, "What a Feelin'".

A variation of the song was used as the basis of an Apple Computer commercial in 1984. The music was slightly different, and the lyrics were changed from "What a Feeling" to "We are Apple". [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbJy0O4UFSM "We Are Apple" video] ]

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".

In March 2007, the United World Chart ranked "Flashdance... What a Feeling" as the twenty-second most successful song in music history. The song was also rated on the list as the fourth most successful song by a solo female artist, behind Cher's "Believe", Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On", and Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You". [ [http://www.mediatraffic.de/alltime-track-chart.htm 22nd most successful song in history] ]

The song ranks at #26 on "Billboard's All Time Top 100." [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/top100-titles-30.shtml]

The song's use in the film

The soundtrack album has the version that is 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.

Chart positions

Cover versions

The song has been covered by successful Swiss artist DJ BoBo, dance music artist Karen Parry, ABBA tribute group Björn Again, and Australian pop group Young Divas.

In 2001, Irene Cara recorded "What a Feeling" with DJ BoBo, winner of 10 World Music Awards. The duet was once again a global phenomenal. It reached #2 in Switzerland, #3 in Germany and #11 in Austria. The song was also featured on DJ BoBo's album "Planet Colors".

In 2001, Mike Patton's metal-supergroup Fantômas were set to release a version of the song on their covers album The Director's Cut, but were forced to remove it due to legal trouble. The band are now not even permitted to perform the song live. [cite web |url=http://www.angelfire.com/art/necroman/director.html |title=Fantômas - The Director's Cut|accessdate=2008-09-25]

In 2004 Serbian power metal band Alogia recorded a version on their second album "Priče o Životu".

In 2005, the Austrian dance group Global Deejays covered the song in their single "What a Feeling (Flashdance)".

In 2006, The Hughes Corporation released a house version of the song. The video for the song was a sequel to the video for Eric Prydz' 2004 song "Call on Me".

In 2008 Serbian punk rock band Six Pack recorded a version on their cover album "Discover".

In 2008, J-pop singer Namie Amuro sampled the song for her triple A-Side single "60s 70s 80s", which reached #1 in Japan.

ee also

* Cast and music used in Flashdance
* Flashdance (soundtrack)


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