Released in April of 1983, the Flashdance soundtrack was one of the year’s most popular albums. It featured a mix of genres, including electro, Euro disco, hi-NRG, synthpop, and pop-rock. The film’s story of a welder and exotic dancer who dreams of becoming a professional ballerina provided opportunities to present the songs that would make up the soundtrack album. The film’s popularity helped make the album a huge success, and it remains one of the most famous soundtracks of all time. It has won numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television. This article will rank all the songs on the Flashdance soundtrack to see which ones are the best. So, without any further delay, let’s get started.
10. Flashdance… What a Feeling by Irene Cara (1983)
Flashdance… What a Feeling is a song from the 1983 film Flashdance, written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, and Irene Cara and performed by Cara. The song won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, and a Saturn Award for Best Original Song. It is the only song from a film to simultaneously reach number one in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The song was also a number-one hit in several other countries worldwide.
9. He’s a Dream by Shandi Sinnamon (1983)
He’s a Dream is the ninth track from the Flashdance soundtrack. The song is about Alex Owens’ (played by Jennifer Beals) love interest, Nick Hurley (played by Michael Nouri). The song is sung by Shandi Sinnamon, who also appears in the film as one of the dancers at the Flashdance club. The song is a typical 1980s love song with dreamy and cheesy lyrics. The music is also very much of its time, with a heavy synthpop sound.
8. Love Theme from Flashdance by Helen St. John (1983)
Love Theme from Flashdance is 1983 instrumental by Greek composer and musician Helen St. John. It was written for the film Flashdance, which tells the story of Alex Owens (played by Jennifer Beals), a welder and exotic dancer who dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. The film’s producer, Don Simpson, heard St. John’s music while vacationing in Greece and asked her to write an original song for the film.
7. Manhunt by Karen Kamon (1983)
This song is pretty forgettable, which is a shame because it’s one of the better ones on the Flashdance soundtrack. It’s a classic ’80s synthpop song, but it’s catchy and has an excellent beat. It’s not one of the standouts, but it’s a solid addition to the soundtrack. The song is about a manhunt, which fits the film’s plot.
6. Lady, Lady, Lady by Joe Esposito (1983)
“Lady, Lady, Lady” is a song by Joe Esposito released in 1983. It was included on the soundtrack album for the film Flashdance. The song reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and three on the UK Singles Chart. The song is about a man who is trying to woo a woman. It says that he will do anything for her, including giving her all of his love. The song has a catchy beat and is very danceable.
5. Imagination by Laura Branigan (1983)
Branigan’s fourth and final top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, “Imagination,” was her highest-charting single in the United Kingdom, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart. The song appeared in the film Flashdance during a montage sequence in which lead character Alex Owens (played by Jennifer Beals) is seen fantasizing about winning a prestigious ballet competition. The song also plays over the film’s opening credits.
4. Romeo by Donna Summer
Romeo is a song by Donna Summer, released as a single in 1983. It was featured in the film Flashdance. The song peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and six on the UK Singles Chart. AllMusic editor Steve Huey described the song as a “sleek, synth-driven update of her classic sound” and “a pretty good indication of where Summer’s music was headed in the 1980s”. Billboard described the song as a “nostalgic, heart-tugging ballad” and praised Summer’s “stunning vocal performance.”
3. Seduce Me Tonight by Cycle V (1983)
Suppose there’s one song on the Flashdance soundtrack that epitomizes the film’s sexy, dance-floor energy. In that case, it’s “Seduce Me Tonight” by Cycle V. The track perfectly captures the film’s spirit, and it’s easy to imagine Alex Owens strutting her stuff to this one at the nightclub. Cycle V was a short-lived band that consisted of three French sisters, Veronique, Muriel, and Sandrine. “Seduce Me Tonight” was the only song they ever released that charted in the United States.
2. I’ll Be Here Where the Heart Is by Kim Carnes (1983)
I’ll Be Here Where the Heart Is is a song by American singer-songwriter Kim Carnes. It was released in 1983 as the second single from the Flashdance soundtrack. The song peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The lyrics describe the feelings of a woman who is in love with a man who is about to leave her. It is a pop ballad with synthesizer instrumentation.
1. Maniac by Michael Sembello (1983)
This song is unforgettable, and it’s the most iconic track from the Flashdance soundtrack. It was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and it won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Michael Sembello’s “Maniac” is an ’80s classic, and it’s the perfect song to get anyone up and to dance. The song is about a woman possessed by the spirit of a man who was killed in a car accident, and it’s just as intense and haunting as it sounds.
Flashdance is a classic film with a great soundtrack. All of the songs on the album are catchy and danceable, and they perfectly capture the energy and spirit of the film. If you’re looking for some ’80s nostalgia or want to have a good time dancing, you can’t go wrong with the Flashdance soundtrack.