20 Greatest Best Song Oscar Performances

From Springsteen to Southern hip-hop and hot-buttered soul, Oscars' grandest, grooviest musical showstoppers

20. Irene Cara, 'What a Feeling' (1983)

The Cuban-American actress became famous for her role as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, but it was "Flashdance … What a Feeling," co-written with Keith Forsey and disco legend Giorgio Moroder, that marked the pinnacle of her career. The title song for the movie that ripped a thousand sweatshirts became a hit for Cara and cemented her status as an Eighties pop diva, winning her an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe, and later reaching Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1983. What a feeling indeed. JP