Michael Sembello - Maniac

Michael Sembello – Maniac

“Maniac” is a song by American musician and songwriter Michael Sembello. It was released in May 1983 as a single and is best known for its association with the film “Flashdance.” It is included on Sembello’s debut album, “Bossa Nova Hotel”. The song is recognized for its upbeat and energetic sound and its contribution to the soundtrack of the movie.

Michael Sembello - Maniac - single cover

“Maniac” is characterized by its pop and dance-pop sound, featuring Sembello’s vocals. The song combines elements of rock and electronic music, with a memorable melody and a driving beat. The lyrics of the song revolve around themes of passion and obsession, with the narrator expressing a sense of longing and desire.


The song “Maniac” gained widespread popularity due to its inclusion in the soundtrack of the film “Flashdance,” which was a major success in the 1980s. The song was used in a memorable dance sequence in the movie, further solidifying its association with the film.

“Maniac” was a commercial success, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and on Canada Top Singles chart. It remains a well-remembered and iconic track of the 1980s and is often celebrated for its high-energy and catchy sound.

Michael Sembello – Maniac – Lyrics