Best: "Take My Breath Away" ('Top Gun,' 1986)
Track for track, the 1980s were Oscar's best decade for bestowing Best Song on pop classics. "Fame," "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," "Up Where We Belong," "Flashdance … What a Feeling," "I Just Called to Say I Love You," "Say You, Say Me," "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," "Let the River Run" — that's as stacked a lineup as the category came up with since its earliest years. But Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" is, arguably, the best of the bunch. Written by EDM godfather Giorgio Moroder with lyrics by his frequent soundtrack collaborator Tom Whitlock (they met when Whitlock, a struggling musician, fixed Moroder's Ferrari), its massive, nearly percussive synth melody is a signature sound of the era. Moroder himself considers it his crowning achievement, which is saying something.