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Oscar's Best: Surveying The 5 Best Original Songs by African American Artists

Shadow and Act By Erik Luers | Shadow and Act February 28, 2014 at 11:53AM

Oscar's Best: Surveying The 5 Best Original Songs by African American Artists
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Flashdance

1983 – From Flashdance: “Flashdance...What A Feeling” by Irene Cara (performed song and co-wrote lyrics), Keith Forsey (lyrics) and Giorgio Moroder (music)

For the life of me, I had no idea this song was from Flashdance. I've heard it over and over again for years and found it the epitome of 1980s pop culture and subsequently embraced it as such. Even if it's not particularly deep, it does prompt you to jump up and conquer the world. I mean, come on, it doesn't get much more inspiring than “take your passion and make it happen!” Cara's intense, breathy vocals only further the theme of hard work being necessary to conquer your dreams and inspire the masses.

Best lyrics: “What a feeling, being's believing, I can have it all, now I'm dancing for my life.”

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