Flashdance…What a Feeling – Irene Cara (1983)
This American singer, songwriter, and actress had a successful career on Broadway & television before she gained international fame starring/singing in Fame and then singing/co-writing this Oscar-winning movie theme. Cara parlayed this exposure into a couple more singles & albums later in the 80’s, but wasn’t able to replicate the success of this chart-topping hit. Her music was well-received in Europe & Asia during the 90’s, and she’s continued to contribute to projects in television, film, music, and theater in the US. Most recently, she formed the all-female band Hot Caramel. Their debut record came out in 2011.