The Village People

Y.M.C.A.

Composed by Henri Belolo / Jacques Morali / Victor Willis

Song Review by

By the time the Village People’s third LP appeared in Fall 1978, the band seemed to be standing in every spotlight the United States had to offer. They were further rewarded as ”Y.M.C.A.” reached #2 on the charts in November. An homage to this esteemed club of the same name, vocalist Victor Willis and band power through the big beats and sleek strings with another up tempo smorgasbord of innuendo – subtly masquerading as public service but, in at least some realities, intending something else entirely. And while that was indeed what the Village People did best, the joke was still on middle America, who truly had no idea what grandma was singing about as she disco danced across the floor to ”Y.M.C.A.”’s nearly endless radio play. A major milestone was marked as something the annals of history now recall as little more than a novelty song, powered out of the clubs and onto the shelves of mainstream mythology.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Cruisin' 1978 Mercury 4:47
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1978 1978
Various Artists
Rhino 4:03
Live and Sleazy 1979 Universal 7:48
Can't Stop The Music 1980
Various Artists
HBO/Cannon
No Image 1988 Rhino
The Disco Years, Vol. 2: On the Beat 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:45
Sounds of the Seventies: 1979 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:03
Wayne's World 2 1993
Wayne's World 2
Reprise 3:44
No Image 1993 Arista
The Best of Village People [Casablanca] 1994 Polydor / Universal Music 6:47
YMCA [Single] 1994 ZYX Music 6:52
Ultimate Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Import
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Magnum
Billboard Top Hits: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:46
Dance Fever: Hits of the 70's 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 4:49
Disco Nights, Vol. 4: Disco Groups 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:48
Nightfever 1995
Various Artists
Global TV
Jock Jams, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 4:40
Party Time, Vol. 2: Ultimate Party Album 1996
Various Artists
SPG
Casablanca Records Greatest Hits 1996
Various Artists
Casablanca/Universal / Def Jam / Island / Polydor / PolyGram / Universal 3:48
No Image 1996
Original Soundtrack
Milan
Dance Classics Gold [Alex] 1996
Various Artists
Alex 4:41
Pure Disco [Polygram] 1996
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:44
Ultimate Party Animal Album 1996
Various Artists
Global TV
Mega Disco 1996
Various Artists
Wotre Records
Good Time Disco Dance Hits 1997
Various Artists
Critique Records
No Image 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Best Party Dances of All Times 1997
Various Artists
Sony BMG / RCA 4:33
Dance Hits Supermix Collectors Edition 1997
Various Artists
Critique Records
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:45
Disco Fever, Vol. 1 [SPG] 1998
Various Artists
SPG 3:21
The Very Best of the Village People 1998 PolyGram / Universal Import 3:30
New York Yankees Greatest Hits 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 3:37
Disco Hits [Hallmark] 1998
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 3:40
New York Yankees Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: The Dream Season 1998
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:43
Party 1998
Various Artists
PolyGram
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Polygram/PDG
The Best Party Megamix in the World Ever 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:28
We Want You: Very Best of the Village People 1999 Import 4:45
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1976-1980 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:03
The Best of Village People [Massive] 1999 Massive 3:46
Instant Party Disc: Regular Strength 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:42
Fetenkult Disco 70 1999
Various Artists
BMG International 4:43
Sports Illustrated for Kids: Game Time 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 41:22
Celebration 2000 [Enigma] 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 4:00
It's Only Rock & Roll [Rhino] 1999
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 3:45
Sounds of the 70's [Global TV] 1999
Various Artists
Global TV 3:13
WPLJ Presents: Scott & Todd Blast Off 2000 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:44
Party Starter Level 1: The Classics 2000
Various Artists
UTV / Polygram 3:46
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 3:16
Sounds of the Seventies: Dance Party - Disco Fever 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Disco's Greatest Hits 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:43
The Cleveland Connection 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City 3:40
Utah Jazz: Feed the Fever 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 4:40
Greatest Hits [Wrasse] 2001 Wrasse 3:43
One Night at McCool's 2001
Original Soundtrack
Universal Distribution 3:46
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Polystar (Japan) / Universal
Disco Fever [Universal] 2001
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Village People 2001 Mercury 3:48
Pride 2001 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 4:45
No Image 2001
Various Artists
BMG
Daily Disco Workout 2001
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:46
The Non-Stop Party Album, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Music Club 3:29
Ö3 Greatest Hits, Vol. 14 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:38
I Love Disco [EMI] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:39
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-2 [SPG] 2002
Various Artists
SPG 3:21
Rhythm & Grooves: Groove Is in the Heart 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:49
Disco Inferno [Warner Import] 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:43
Absolument 70: International 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:43
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 4:00
Ultimate Disco: 30th Anniversary Collection 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:45
The D.I.S.C.O. Album 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:44
More Explosive Dance Sports 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:57
Ö3 Greatest Hits, Vol. 22 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:38
Explosive Pop Dance 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:56
Macumba Fiesta, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
INDEPENDANCE
Disco Fever Best 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
School Reunion: The Disco 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 3:40
Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Shout! Factory/My Music/TJL 3:45
Almighty Downunder, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Central Station Records 8:39
Disco Gold [Hip-O] 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:47
Ü30 Party: Funky Town 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music 4:44
Ultimate Hits: Ultimate Disco 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:45
Night: The History 2005 Brioche 4:48
'70s: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O / Interscope 3:46
Les 100 Plus Grands Tubes de l'Ete 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:39
No Image 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Floorfillers: The Ultimate Party Album 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Disco Fever: Turn the Beat Around 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:43
Barry Williams Presents: 70s Music Explosion 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:48
Disco [2006 #2] 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Very Best of School Reunion 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Big 70's Party 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Good Times [WEA] 2006
Various Artists
WEA/Warner
Party Starter: Disco Mix 2006
Various Artists
Compass Productions
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:45
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:39
Number 1's: Classic Disco 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O / Island / Island Mercury / Mercury 3:45
Disco Music: The Definitive Collection 2007
Various Artists
Music Brokers 4:46
The Best Of Disco...Ever! 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:39
100 Hits: No 1's 2008
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:45
100 Hits de La Fete 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:46
Gay Top 50 Megamix 2008
Various Artists
Cloud 9 Holland 2:53
The Best of Village People [Universal Japan] 2008 Universal Distribution 4:49
Baby Loves Disco 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:44
Wiesn Hits 2008 2008
Various Artists
Polystar (Japan) / Polystar
The Pop Years: 1978-1979 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:44
100 Hits RTL: Disco Show 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:44
The  Pop Years: The 70s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions / Zoom
Disco Fever 2010
Various Artists
Hip-O / Strategic Marketing 3:46
Podium, Vol. 2 2012
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:41
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:45
We Love the Nightlife: Good Times 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:45
Now! That's What I Call Disco 2013
Various Artists
Now! Music 4:45
Icon 2014 Island / Mercury / Mercury Records 4:47
Now! That's What I Call a Party 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:46
Molly: Counting Down the Hits 2016
Various Artists
Liberation 4:44
20 #1's: Party Hits
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:46
Culture Dance, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Disco Music: The Definitive Songbook
Various Artists
Music Brokers 4:44
No Image Phantom
Mega Sunshine
Various Artists
Arcade Music
Now That's What I Call a Million
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:44
Party on: The Only Party Album You'll Ever Need
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:43
Pop Goes the 70s
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 4:46
Rewind: The 80s Album
Various Artists
Inspired Records / Ministry of Sound 4:48
Roller Rink Rewind
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Universal Music / Warner Music 3:44
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:42
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