51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 4: Village People – Y.M.C.A.

We’ve already reached week 4 on this new feature here on Hugh’s Views And News.

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Last week’s choice of Sailor and their song ‘A Glass Of Champagne’ got me thinking about songs that feature sailing and the sea. One song I thought of was ‘In The Navy’ by Village People, but as I only want to feature artists once on this feature, I could not resist including a song most of us know from Village People. Take it away boys –

And just in case the first video does not work, here’s another version.

https://dailymotion.com/video/x2b1a0

Released in 1978, Y.M.C.A. reached number 1 on the singles charts of fourteen counties including, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Austrailia and The UK. Strangely, it only reached number 2 in the U.S.A, but went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.

Many of us will have probably attempted the group dance associated with the song where one of the phases involves moving the arms to form the letters Y.M.C.A.

Y —arms outstretched and raised upwards

M —made by bending the elbows from the ‘Y’ pose so the fingertips meet over the head

C —arms extended to the right

A —hands held together above head

Have you ever attempted the dance?

Although Village People released 24 singles between 1977 and 2013, only 6 of those singles made it into the top 40 of the singles charts.

And there’s even a movie ‘Can’t Stop The Music’ that tells the story of how Village People were formed.

Can't Stop The Movie - The Movie

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Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Barbara and Kat who all joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Do you have a favourite Village People song you’d like to share with us?

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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87 comments

  1. I grew up with the Village People YMCA is obviously the song that comes to mind first. It is followed by In the Navy, Macho Man and Can’t Stop the Music. And that’s all I remember. lol I did like these songs and remember teaching my kids the arm movements to YMCA. 🙂

    1. But do you and the kids still perform those arm movements to Y.M.C.A, Kat? 😀
      I think we should all begin every day with doing the arm movements to Y.M.C.A. At least I could have an extra portion of maple syrup on my porridge then. 😋

      1. Yikes, no! lol Well, I might if the song was playing and the little boys were around. While their dad and uncles might not be amused, they probably would be. 🙂

  2. For my 40th birthday, I had a party. I’m always conscious that at any gathering where there’s music it can take ages to get the dance floor filled. So I gave a “thank you” speech quite early on and insisted that everyone get up and come and join me. I knew I needed to kick off with a song that everyone could dance to and would get them in the party spirit – and YMCA fit the bill. Thank you, Hugh, for reminding me of a very good night with friends and family.
    Geoff has already made a terrific recommendation (we are showing our age here) and there were a lot of great songs to dance to in the ’70s. Of course the movie and album that stands head and shoulders above any other when it comes to dancing is Saturday Night Fever, and for me the best song from that is “You Should be Dancing”, which kind of seems appropriate.

    1. You’ve already had your 40th birthday, Graeme? 😳 Well, I’m glad to hear that Y.M.C.A got the party going. I agree it’s always a floor filler.

      Now, Saturday Night Fever. Wow! What a movie. Always loved it and the music from it.

      Thanks for sharing those memories with us along with that brilliant Bee Gees track. Now, where I can get a flashing dance floor for the Bloggers Bash? 🤔

      1. You’re too kind, Hugh – if misguided! Sadly my 50th is also a dim and distant memory.
        Funnily enough, I don’t think I’ve ever watched Saturday Night Fever all the way through, but the album was pretty much worn out.
        As for the dance floor – I’m not picky, they don’t have to flash.

  3. Oh wow Hugh, you brought back memories of the good old days! Yes, I danced to that song plenty with all the arm motions! And yes, both videos are working today. Thank you. 🙂 xo

    1. I’m glad to hear on both accounts, Debby. When posting videos I do wonder if they will work everywhere. I’m thinking that if the song has been a worldwide hit, then maybe just the one video will do? I’ll give it a try.
      Keep on doing the Y.M.C.A
      xx

  4. Unapologetically, yes, Hugh! I’ve done the motions while singing this song in public. If the kid had been older, she’d have been mortified as I did it at a Scouting function where there was a DJ! It’s too fun of a song to not interact with and, from the musicians I’ve talked to and crowds that I’ve seen at shows, they appreciate a crowd who is vivacious and into the music moreso than the American style of just standing there (or sitting) and applauding at the end of songs.

      1. Yeah, for real, Hugh. Normally I’m pretty reserved, even shy, but music is a special situation. Maybe I was a musician in a former life? 🙂 I can’t say dancer because, while I attempt that, it probably doesn’t look very professional!

  5. I love the Village People! Great song choice! I was a wee teen of 18 when those songs came out! Of course we are still forced to dance with those moves at class reunions 🙂 I am posting something on Sunday in honor of my daughters’ birthdays this month, and there is a particular song I’m including in the post. I’ll link it back here 🙂

  6. Classic choice Hugh! I love the Village People and their outlandish outfits! I did try and do the moves at the disco but my coordination is a bit out and I got a behind with it! This is my favourite one of theirs although I like ‘In The Navy’ too!
    My choice for this week is Spandau Ballet, not just because they are all so lovely to look at. (Steve Norman was my favourite) but I love this track, so very poignant.

  7. Hi Hugh,
    I have great memories of YMCA and other songs by the Village People. I’m not sure many people know the history and symbolism of this group and it’s songs. If you were part of the LGBT community back in the 70’s & 80’s in the USA, you would identify with them. I enjoy your themes for post, and I look forward to future post.

    1. I’ve watched the movie several times, Chuck. It’s great to see how and why the group were formed. They certainly helped propel LGBT issues right to the forefront of society.
      Thank you for your kind comments. I really do appreciate them very much.

  8. Yes, it was a very popular song in Canada for many years. It was danced to along with the actions at many an office party, wedding, birthday celebration, etc. Great memories.

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