"Flashdance... What a Feeling" is an Academy Award winning song from the 1983 film Flashdance which was performed by Irene Cara.
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'. The song also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1984. It was also nominated for Record of the Year.
A variation of the song was used as the basis of an Apple corporate video in 1984. The music was slightly different, and the lyrics were changed from "What a Feeling" to "We are Apple".
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 ranks at number 26 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.
In the UK, the song spent one week at number 2 on the chart dated July 5th, 1983, being kept off the top position by the Rod Stewart's song "Baby Jane." The song was the 25th best-selling single of 1983 in the UK.
The song was the number 3 single of the year (1983) on Billboard's year-end chart. American Top 40 ranked it as the number two song of 1983.
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.