Macho Man (song)

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"Macho Man"
Single by Village People
from the album Macho Man
B-side"Just a Gigolo"
ReleasedFebruary 1978
Recorded1977; Sigma Sound Studios (New York City)
Length3:30 (7" 45 rpm)
5:21 (12"/LP)
LabelCasablanca Records
Producer(s)Jacques Morali
Village People singles chronology
"I Am What I Am"
"Macho Man"
Music video
"Macho Man" on YouTube

"Macho Man" is the second single recorded by the American disco group Village People. It is the title song of the eponymous album (1978).[1][2]

The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 on June 24, 1978[3] (when the album had already been charting since March[4]) before picking up more airplay that August[citation needed]. It became the Village People's first charting hit in the United States, peaking on the Hot 100 at number 25 on the week of September 2.[5][6][1]

A medley with "I Am What I Am" and "Key West" reached number 4 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.[6] On the survey of Chicago radio superstation WLS-AM, "Macho Man" spent two weeks at number 3.[7]

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."[8]


Music video[edit]

The music video basically featured the band working out and dancing in a gym and other shots of men working out in that same gym.

Chart performance[edit]

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ a b Brett Ermilio; Josh Levine (2014-11-04). Going Platinum: KISS, Donna Summer, and How Neil Bogart Built Casablanca Records. Lyons Press. pp. 156–. ISBN 978-1-4930-1627-3.
  2. ^ Peter Shapiro (2015-06-23). Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. pp. 271–. ISBN 978-1-4668-9412-9.
  3. ^ Music: Top 100 Songs - Billboard Hot 100 Chart - Billboard
  4. ^ Top 200 Albums - Billboard
  5. ^ Music: Top 100 Songs - Billboard Hot 100 Chart - Billboard
  6. ^ a b "The Village People Awards". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  7. ^ "wls102878". 1978-10-28. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  8. ^ E! True Hollywood Story, Village People, 2000
  9. ^ a b "Australian Chart Book". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  10. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  11. ^ a b "Top Selling Singles of 1978 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1978-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  12. ^ "The Village People Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  15. ^ Martyn, Warren; Wood, Adrian (2000). "Homer Loves Flanders". BBC. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
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