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From Prince to Blondie: Giorgio Moroder's 35 favourite disco songs


“Once you free your mind about a concept of music and harmony being correct, you can do whatever you want.” — Giorgio Moroder

There are few people on this earth that we would let create a definitive playlist of an entire genre. But Giorgio Moroder’s list of 35 of disco music’s greatest anthems is arguably one of the finest party-starting playlists you’ll ever come across. Considering we’re celebrating the great man’s birthday, it seems only right that he should have his own stellar soundtrack to go with it.

Put together for Billboard, the ‘Father of Disco’ brings 35 guaranteed dancefloor fillers to the party as part of this show-stopping playlist. Expect to see Prince, Blondie and a lot of Donna Summer to make a serious playlist worthy of shaking the room to its core.

It’s safe to say that Giorgio Moroder produced almost everything that was ever good about disco music. The Italian composer and songwriter is rightly dubbed the ‘Father of Disco’ thanks to his stunning contribution to the genre, and by checking the intricacies of his discography, you can see why the producer is held in such high esteem.

Moroder may well have worked with countless incredible artists across his career but as his list will show below, he had a special fondness for Donna Summer, selecting six of her most iconic songs as the perfect way to finish the playlist.

The composer later began composing film soundtracks and scores, including disco classics of the era, Midnight Express, American Gigolo, as well as Superman III, Scarface, The NeverEnding Story, and the 1984 restoration of Metropolis. It highlighted Moroder’s uncanny ear and ability to tell a story with music.

His film scores are well-loved but it was his work in disco music that will be his lasting legacy in music. Below he selected 35 of the genre’s best songs and we’ve put it all together in one perfect playlist that is destined to soundtrack your upcoming house party.

Giorgio Moroder’s 35 best disco songs of all time:

  • Rick James – ‘Super Freak’
  • Rose Royce – ‘Car Wash’
  • Prince – ‘1999’
  • Blondie – ‘Heart of Glass’
  • Michael Jackson – ‘Billie Jean’
  • Diana Ross – ‘Love Hangover’
  • Thelma Houston – ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’
  • Amii Stewart – ‘Knock on Wood’
  • KC & The Sunshine Band – ‘That’s The Way I Like It’
  • Pointer Sisters – ‘I’m So Excited’
  • Bee Gees – ‘Night Fever’
  • Bee Gees – ‘Stayin’ Alive’
  • Lipps Inc. – ‘Funky Town’
  • The Trampps – ‘Disco Inferno’
  • Tavares – ‘Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel
  • Gloria Gaynor – ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’
  • Sister Sledge – ‘We Are Family’
  • The O’Jays – ‘Love Train’
  • Andrea True Connection – ‘More, More, More’
  • Chic – ‘Le Freak’
  • Gloria Gaynor – ‘I Will Survive’
  • Silver Convention – ‘Get Up and Boogie – That’s Right’
  • Boney M. – ‘Daddy Cool’
  • Van McCoy – ‘The Hustle’
  • Supermax – ‘Love Machine’
  • Chic – ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’
  • Silver Convention – ‘Fly Robin Fly’
  • Earth, Wind & Fire ft. The Emotions – ‘Boogie Wonderland’
  • Donna Summer – ‘On the Radio’
  • Donna Summer – ‘Bad Girls’
  • Donna Summer – ‘Hot Stuff’
  • Donna Summer – ‘Last Dance’
  • Donna Summer – ‘Love to Love You Baby’
  • Donna Summer – ‘I Feel Love’