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Flashdance (soundtrack)

Flashdance: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack to the 1983 American musical and romance film Flashdance, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. It has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.[3] The film is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and follows Alex, a welder and exotic dancer and her dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer. In 1984, the album received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year and won for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.

Flashdance: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
various artists
ReleasedApril 11, 1983
ProducerGiorgio Moroder (1, 3, 5, 8), Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte (7), Phil Ramone (4, 6, 10), Ronald Magness (2), Keith Olsen (9)
CompilerGiorgio Moroder
Singles from Flashdance: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
  1. "Flashdance... What a Feeling"
    Released: April 3, 1983
  2. "Maniac"
    Released: June 5, 1983
  3. "Lady, Lady, Lady"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB−[2]

The film's three singles feature on the album. Two of these singles, "Flashdance...What a Feeling" by Irene Cara and "Maniac" by Michael Sembello, peaked at #1 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The track "Romeo" by Donna Summer was released as a promo video to MTV prior to the film's release, composed only of outtakes from the film. However, the song was not released to radio as Summer was on the verge of releasing her 1983 album She Works Hard for the Money, and the title track was already becoming a major hit. ("She Works Hard for the Money" was actually in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 consecutively with both "Flashdance...What a Feeling" and "Maniac".)

The Flashdance album was massively successful, selling over 6 million copies in the U.S. and 1 million in Japan. It was certified gold by the RIAA on June 17, 1983 (1983-06-17), and became multi-platinum on October 12, 1984 (1984-10-12) and again on June 21, 1996 (1996-06-21).[4] In addition to its own success, the album is notable for having supplanted Michael Jackson's Thriller after the latter had remained Billboard's number-one album for 17 weeks. Thriller would again overtake Flashdance at number one after 2 weeks. In Japan, the album topped the chart for 11 weeks in total, and became the biggest-selling album of 1983.[5]

The music in Flashdance was supervised by Phil Ramone. There are several pieces of music used in the film that do not appear on the soundtrack album, including "Gloria" by Laura Branigan; "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; and the "Adagio in G Minor" by Remo Giazotto. The title track "Flashdance... What a Feeling" was originally recorded by Joe Esposito before Irene Cara was asked to re-record the song as in line with the film's female perspective.

The soundtrack was later re-released in a white-cover version with the same track listing.[6]

Commercial performanceEdit

In the United States the album debuted at number 166 on the Billboard 200 the week of April 30, 1983, the next week it moved to number 29 and it finally reached number one after nine weeks on chart on June 25, 1983 supplanting Michael Jackson's Thriller after the latter had been the number-one album for 17 weeks.[7][8][9] Flashdance remained on the chart for seventy eight weeks.[10] The album was certified six times platinum by the RIAA on June 21, 1996 for shipments of six million units.[11] After the advent of the Nielsen SoundScan era in 1991, the album sold a further 626,000 copies as of July 2007.[12]

In the United Kingdom the album entered at number 40 on July 2, 1983, after two weeks, on July 16, 1983 it reached and peaked at number 9, it stayed there for two weeks before dropping to number fourteen.[13] It remained on the chart for thirty weeks.[13] Flashdance was certified gold by the BPI on September 21, 1983 denoting shipments of 100,000 units.[14]

It also topped the album charts in Australia, Austria, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

Track listingEdit

1."Flashdance... What a Feeling"Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene CaraIrene Cara3:53
2."He's a Dream"Shandi Sinnamon, Ronald MagnessShandi Sinnamon3:28
3."Love Theme from Flashdance"MoroderHelen St. John3:27
4."Manhunt"Doug Cotler, Richard GilbertKaren Kamon2:36
5."Lady, Lady, Lady"Moroder, ForseyJoe Esposito4:09
6."Imagination"Michael Boddicker, Jerry Hey, Phil Ramone, Michael SembelloLaura Branigan3:35
7."Romeo"Pete Bellotte, Sylvester LevayDonna Summer3:13
8."Seduce Me Tonight"Moroder, ForseyCycle V3:31
9."I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is"Kim Carnes, Duane Hitchings, Craig KrampfKim Carnes4:36
10."Maniac"Sembello, Dennis MatkoskyMichael Sembello4:04
Total length:36.52

Chart positions and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Wuench, Kevin (June 18, 2013). "Remember that 'other' song from the 'Flashdance' soundtrack? ... Me neither". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 27, 2019. The Flashdance soundtrack was one of the most successful of the ‘80s selling more than 20 million copies worldwide and spawning two number hits in 1983 with Irene Cara’s Flashdance … What a Feeling and Michael Sembello’s Maniac.
  4. ^ Flashdance RIAA Accessed August 28, 2007 (2007-08-28)
  5. ^ "Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) - Albums Chart Daijiten - 1983 Oricon Year-end Albums" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
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  12. ^ Caulfield, Keith (July 13, 2007). "Keith Answers Readers' Questions on 80's Movie Soundtracks, British Artists on Hot 100, Janet Jackson and More!". Billboard. Retrieved December 11, 2017. To compare, "Flashdance" has sold a rather small 626,000 in the same frame of time.
  13. ^ a b "Original Soundtrack: Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  14. ^ "Original Soundtrack – Flashdance - Ost". British Phonographic Industry. September 21, 1983. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
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