Macho Man (song)

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"Macho Man"
Single by Village People
from the album Macho Man
B-side "Just a Gigolo"
Released February 1978
Format 7", 12"
Recorded Sigma Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Disco
Length 3:30 (45")
5:21 (12"/LP)
Label Casablanca Records
Writer(s) Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo, Victor Willis and Peter Whitehead
Producer(s) Jacques Morali
Village People singles chronology
"I Am What I Am"
"Macho Man"

"Macho Man" is the second single recorded by the American disco group Village People. The song "bubbled under" the charts during summer 1978 before picking up substantial airplay that August. It became the Village People's first charting hit, peaking at number 25 in the United States.[1] A medley with "I Am What I Am" and "Key West" reached number 4 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.[1]


It extols the virtues of working out and fitness: Every man ought to be a macho macho man / jogging in the morning, go man, go / workouts in the health spa / muscles glow.

Author Sharon Davis claimed that lyrics are "so camp they have to held down with tent pegs."[2]

Background and writing[edit]

Village People cowboy Randy Jones recalled, "The Monday after Thanksgiving (1977), we signed contracts and the Tuesday after, we were in studio recording "Macho Man," with Victor Willis' handwritten lyrics that were written in the morning with egg stains and coffee rings on it. Everything was happening that quickly."[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 25
U.S. Billboard Disco Singles 14
Canadian RPM Top Singles 16
New Zealand Singles Chart 7

Cultural references[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Village People Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  2. ^ Davis, S. (2012). Every Chart Topper Tells a Story: The Seventies. Random House. ISBN 9781780574103. 
  3. ^ E! True Hollywood Story, Village People, 2000
  4. ^ Martyn, Warren; Wood, Adrian (2000). "Homer Loves Flanders". BBC. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Old El Paso - Nacho Man Commercial - 1990s".