Giorgio Moroder's top five works

Midnight Express
Midnight ExpressPHOTOS: PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Flashdance
FlashdancePHOTOS: PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Top Gun
Top GunPHOTOS: PARAMOUNT PICTURES

I Feel Love (1977)

Produced and written by Giorgio Moroder, this is one of his best known songs, and sung by late disco queen Donna Summer, his most prominent collaborator. A hypnotic, lean and driving tune, it is acknowledged as the first dance song produced entirely with synthesisers and set a benchmark for disco music. The tune topped charts worldwide, inspired many Euro-dance imitators and was influential in the house music genre that would become popular in the following decades.

Midnight Express: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1978)

Moroder produced and composed the songs on the electronic music soundtrack to the prison drama film Midnight Express and it won him an Oscar for Best Original Score in 1979. The opening instrumental, Chase, subsequently inspired a dance music sub-genre called Hi-NRG, an uptempo offshoot of disco, and was also widely used on American television in the late 1970s and early 1980s as prelude or background music.

Flashdance... What a Feeling (1983)

Performed by Irene Cara, the signature song from dance-themed drama Flashdance was produced and co-written by Moroder. It topped charts worldwide and was a critics' favourite upon its release, garnering an Oscar for Best Original Song, a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. The Flashdance album soundtrack that the song is taken from was compiled by Moroder and won a Grammy for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.

Together In Electric Dreams (1984)

A collaboration with Philip Oakey from popular synth-pop group The Human League, the song from the soundtrack to the 1984 romantic comedy Electric Dreams became Moroder's biggest mainstream pop hit under his own name. The album that it appears on, Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder (1985), would be Moroder's final album until Deja Vu was released 30 years later.

Top Gun Soundtrack (1986)

Top Gun is not just a successful movie from the 1980s, but its soundtrack is also full of hits. Moroder produced and co-wrote Take My Breath Away, sung by synth-pop band Berlin, and it won an Oscar for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. He also co-wrote and produced another hit from the soundtrack, Danger Zone, which singer Kenny Loggins performed.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2015, with the headline 'Giorgio Moroder's top five works'. Print Edition | Subscribe