Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 15

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In 1978 the disco scene was still reigning over pop music. Dancing was back in vogue and the result was a plethora of dance songs. Most of these songs and dances did not stand the test of time, but one song somehow caught the attention of crowds and evolved out of the disco scene into an anthem for parties, weddings, and sporting events all over the world.

"Y.M.C.A." was the song written and performed by the Village People, and made it to number 2 on the pop charts in the U.S.

The song which is based on a double meaning lauds the benefits of residing at the Young Man’s Christian Association (YMCA). In the 1970s YMCAs were popular places for homeless men and young men that were members of the gay community. Victor Willis one of the co-authors of the song claims it wasn’t intended to attract solely a gay audience, although the band’s primary audience was, in fact, the gay community. The band's outrageous costumes that included Cowboys, Indians, Bikers and Construction Workers seemed to reinforce the idea that gay men are found in every walk of life.

Regardless, of the social intent, the song spurred a dance that would stay with us long after the disco craze ended. The dance which was introduced by the band on American Bandstand in 1979, is so simple that anyone can follow along. In 2009 the song and the dance were entered into the Guinness Book of World Records when more than 45,000 people simultaneously danced and sang to the song at the 2008 Sun Bowl football game.

It is one of fewer than 40 singles to have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Our video shows the band on the streets of New York dancing and singing just outside a YMCA. It is a fun look back at a different time. So come on, get up and dance to today’s song. Y.M.C.A.

 

 

 

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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Joseph. Who has not heard of the Village People and their famous song? Great series. Enjoy your day!

Jun 15, 2019 05:07 AM #1
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Oh yes, "YMCA" and The Village People.  I remember dancing to that tune at just about every wedding reception during the late 70s, on ito the 80s, 90s, and even once in awhile, today.

Jun 15, 2019 05:51 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
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Love the music from this era and loved disco. It was very big when I was at the Harvard Business School. We would work on our assignments till about 10pm, then jump into cabs and go and dance at a disco for an hour or so to let off steam before going back to campus to sleep. Good memories.

Jun 15, 2019 06:18 AM #3
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Kat Palmiotti
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Yep, I was a teen in the 70s so the music from that decade is definitely a part of my history. I remember the YMCA well!

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