The Village People's iconic gay anthem 'Y.M.C.A.' has been inducted into the Library of Congress for cultural significance.

30 Mar 2020
Chad St. James
Categories: Entertainment, Music

In these troubled times, it's always important to celebrate the little moments. The U.S. Library of Congress has selected The Village People's 'Y.M.C.A.' as a culturally significant song.

We think it's been culturally significant since it was released in 1978. Then again, us queer folk have always been ahead of the time!

The iconic queer anthem that never gets old, joins the likes of Judy Garland's 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Whitney House's 'I Will Always Love You,' Sister Sledge's 'We Are Family,' and many others as part of the United State's registry of important music that has not only reflects the cultural heritage of the United States, but are also notable recordings of popular moments in history.

"Over 40 years since it hit the streets and the dance floors, "Y.M.C.A." …is an American cultural phenomenon — people from all walks of life do the "Y.M.C.A." dance at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs or sporting events," wrote the library in a statement. "It is as likely to be heard at a Midwestern prom as it is at New York City's annual Gay Pride parade."

"I had no idea when we wrote "Y.M.C.A." that it would become one of the most iconic songs in the world, and fixture at almost every wedding, birthday party, bar mitzvah, and sporting event," said frontman, Victor Willis.

"I am glad that the music of Village People has made the world smile for over 40 years with our music. On behalf of my partners Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo, we thank you and are honoured to be in such elite company." 

Born out of the disco craze of the time, The Village People began in 1977 and released the track on their album 'Crusin.' It became an instant hit in queer clubs all over the world, even hitting it mainstream. 'Y.M.C.A.' reached number one in more than a dozen countries, however stalling at number two in the U.S. Even after all these years, it still gets the the hands in the air.

It's feel good, camp, all kinds of cheesy, and it will always be our guilty little pleasure.

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