MORE: Italian version: Mina and Adriano Celentano: "Parole, Parole," parody
STILL MORE: the French had quite a different sensibility at the time: e.g. early 70s: Dalida and Alain Delon: "Parole, Parole"/"Words, just words..."(Dan wasn't around when these songs first came out but they remained popular in Europe for much longer than hits tend to stay popular in the U.S.) D.
EVEN MORE: from the same period: Suzy Quatro (e.g. She's in love with you; If you can't give me love) ; Bee Gees (e.g. How deep is your love?)
MORE: more recently he has acquired an interest in Electro House (techno dance music) -- collaborated with DJ Ross in Italy (for a single?); DJ Ross also did a remix for Dragostea din tei
some music he grew up with in today's Republic of Moldova (formerly part of the USSR): Indian Bollywood movies, dance and music (e.g. I Am A Disco Dancer, Jimmy Adja), Smokie (e.g. Living next door to Alice; parody) , Chris Norman (e.g. Midnight Lady)
P.S. similar with what was popular in Romania at the time D.