The minute you hear this iconic song you’ll be taken straight back to scenes of Jenifer Beals playing a dancer in Flashdance. Michael Sembello’s “Maniac” is the upbeat track that you need to get your day going.
“Maniac” by Michael Sembello is a masterpiece from the Flashdance soundtrack of 1993, and the very first music video to feature scenes entirely from a movie. It was an aerobics class must-have during the nineties, trending harder than the exercise craze itself.
The only thing that made this hit miss its Academy Award nomination is the fact that the song was changed from the original and not made entirely for the movie itself, a fact that upsets Sembello to this day.
When this song hit the air, it climbed to number one on the Hot 100 and stayed there ever since. It remains one of the highest gross-earning songs ever created for a feature film.