by the Village People
was one of the biggest party- and
gayhymns of the Seventies. Taken at face value, the song's lyrics
extol the virtues of the Young Men's Christian Association. In the
gay culture from which the Village People sprang, the song was
implicitly understood as celebrating the YMCA's reputation as a
popular cruising and hookup spot, particularly for the younger men
to whom it was addressed. The song remains popular and is
played at many event, with crowds using the dance in which the
arms are used to spell out the four letters of the song's title.
"Y.M.C.A." jumped atop the charts in almost all countries, among
others in United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, Italy,
Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and it was the biggest
hit in 1999 globally.