"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. A medley with "I Am What I Am" and "Key West" reached number 4 on Billboard'sDance Music/Club Play Singles chart.
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."
In the episode "Homer Loves Flanders" of the animated sitcomThe Simpsons, Homer Simpson sang this song as "Nacho Man", referencing the earlier "Nacho Man" commercial by Old El Paso. In one installment of the weekly comic strip FoxTrot, Jason Fox and his friend Marcus sing the chorus over and over to annoy Jason's sister Paige, who grumbles, "I wish I hadn't told you I hate that song." Marcus asks, "Is it 'macho' or 'nacho'?"
In the Scrubs episode "My New Suit" J.D. fantasizes about playing Macho Man to babies to test their "gayness"