There’s a million things about the 80s that elicit fond memories.  At the forefront is the MTV era, and not just because of videos. Thanks to the music video generation, incorporating present-day popular music into movies became a regular thing.  Among many, two movies in particular stand out to me…flicks I probably enjoyed more for the music than the movie itself— Flashdance and Footloose.

I’m a sentimental dude and precious few things from the 80s speak to me more than Flashdance.  Whether it’s the epic Jennifer Beals oversized sweater/legwarmers combo still worn ad nauseam today at  costume parties or Irene Cara singing the hell out of the title soundtrack , it produces some of my favorite remembrances.

I could’ve been monumentally embarrassed were there hidden cameras installed at our home. I boogied around my house like I was Danny Terrio to this song.  It wasn’t my first brush with being obsessed with an Irene Cara tune either. That distinction belongs to her singing “Fame” in 1980.

As good as Fame was, “Flashdance” was on another level.  Whether you’re singing along, dancing with or sporting the clothes, everything about this tune is chockfull with awesomeness.

Oddly, this wasn’t even my favorite song from the Flashdance soundtrack.  You’ll find that out soon enough.  

Chart Success: “Flashdance…What a Feeling” was a colossal commercial success.  It reached number-one on the Billboard Top 100 and stayed in the top spot for six weeks.  It finished 1983 third on the Billboard Top 100, behind The Police’s “Every Breathe You Take” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

Great Lyrics: Let’s get inspired, ya’ll.

“First when there’s nothing
But a slow glowing dream
That your fear seems to hide
Deep inside your mind

All alone I have cried
Silent tears full of pride
In a world made of steel
Made of stone”

 Fun Fact: This song was co-written by Cara and Keith Forsey with Giorgio Moroder composing the music.  Forsey and Moroder were giants in the 80s movie soundtrack industry.  Moroder wrote two hits for Top Gun (Take My Breath Away & Danger Zone) while Moroder penned hits for Beverly Hills Cop II (Shakedown) and The Breakfast Club (Forget About Me).


100. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can D0)

99. Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting

98. Steve Perry – Oh Sherry

97. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

96. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach

95. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl

94. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time

93. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

92. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

91. Night Ranger – Sister Christian 

90. Asia – Heat of the Moment

89. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing 

88. Madonna – Borderline 

87. Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat

86. Glen Mederios – Nothing’s Going To Change My Love For You

85. John Cougar – Jack and Diane

84. Madonna – Like A Prayer

83. Devo – Whip It 

82. The Outfield – Your Love

81. Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You

80. Debbie Gibson – Only In My Dreams

79. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life

78. Toni Basil – Mickey 

77. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All

76. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say

75. Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)

74. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It

73. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie 

72. The Police – Every Breathe You Take 

71. Survivor – The Search Is Over

70. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You

69. Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams

68. Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel 

67. Kenny Loggins – Meet Me Halfway