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"Macho Man"
Single by Village People
from the album Macho Man
B-side"Just a Gigolo"
ReleasedFebruary 1978
Format7", 12"
RecordedSigma Sound Studios, New York City
LabelCasablanca Records
Writer(s)Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo, Victor Willis and Peter Whitehead
Producer(s)Jacques Morali
Village People singles chronology

"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] and even "something of a phenomenon".[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]


  • 1 Background and writing
  • 2 Chart performance
    • 2.1 Weekly charts
    • 2.2 Year-end charts
  • 3 In popular culture
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Background and writing

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]

In popular culture

  • The song is played comically in many films, like Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, In & Out, Addams Family Values
  • The song also serves as the theme song to the Nutty Professor remake and its sequel.
  • In the episode "Homer Loves Flanders" of the animated sitcom The Simpsons, Homer Simpson sang this song as "Nacho Man",[15]
  • The song was featured in an Old El Paso commercial in 1995, with lyrics changed to "Nacho, nacho, man".
  • 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." Jason responds, "You're lucky we don't know more verses," while 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"
  • In the 2nd season episode of Friends entitled "The One Where Ross Finds Out", it is used when Monica and Chandler are working out.
  • The song was "covered" by Donald Duck on the Disney audio release Mickey Mouse Disco.
  • The song is performed by Link Hogthrob and Gonzo the Great on The Muppet Show episode 405.
  • In the third episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer the title character jogs into and around her kitchen singing the song.
  • Saturday Night Live did a parody of the song, called "Matzo Man".
  • In an episode of King of the Hill, the song plays while Bill is working out.
  • Mucho Macho Man, a race horse who won the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic and was third in the 2011 Kentucky Derby, was named after the song. The Village People appeared in costume via remote telecast during the NBC broadcast of both races in support of the horse's effort.
  • In Spy School, Huckapoo did a cover of this song.
  • In 2016, Amanda Lear recorded a cover version of this song for her album, Let Me Entertain You.


  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". 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" Billboard Hot 100 for The Village People.
  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. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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