“Y.M.C. A” is a song by the American disco group Village People. It was released in 1978 as the only single from their third studio album, Cruisin’ It is one of fewer than 40 singles to have sold 10 million physical copies worldwide. In 2020, the song will be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry.
About Y.M.C.A. (song) in brief
“Y. M. C. A” is a song by the American disco group Village People. It was released in 1978 as the only single from their third studio album, Cruisin’ It is one of fewer than 40 singles to have sold 10 million physical copies worldwide. The song remains popular and is played at many sporting events in the US and Europe, with crowds joining in on the dance in which arm movements are used to spell out the four letters of the song’s title. In 2020, the song will be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” The song’s lyrics extol the virtues of the Young Men’s Christian Association. However, in the gay culture from which the image and music of the Village People stemmed, it was implicitly understood as celebrating the YMCA’s reputation as a popular cruising and hookup spot, particularly for the younger men it was addressed. In 2015, Willis won a legal case against Can’t Stop Productions, successfully claiming that he and Morali had written this and other Village People songs together, without any involvement from executive producer Henri Belolo.
The production company claimed that Belolo had written French lyrics that were then adapted by Willis, but this claim was rejected by the court which ruled thatBelolo’s name as co-writer should be removed. In an article for Gotham White, writer Abbey White states that he did not write the song as a gay anthem, but as a reflection of the fun activities that young urban youth experienced at the YmCA, such as basketball and swimming. In 2009, a Guinness World Record was set when over 44,000 people danced to Village People’s live performance of thesong at the 2008 Sun Bowl game in El Paso, Texas. The group was initially intended to target gay men, but the group became more popular and more mainstream over time. The initial goal of Village People producers was to attract a gay audience by featuring popular disco by featuring songs by popular gay artists such as Jacques Morali and Rod Stewart. In its heyday, ‘Y.M.C. A.’was a hit around the world, going to No. 1 on the charts in over 15 countries, and its ongoing popularity is evidence that, despite the naysayers, disco has never truly died.