Taken at face value, the song's extol the virtues of the . In the from which the Village People sprang, the song was implicitly understood as celebrating the YMCA's reputation as a popular and spot, particularly for the younger men to whom it was addressed. Willis, the group's lead singer and lyricist, said through his publicist that he did not write "Y.M.C.A." as a gay anthem but as a reflection of young urban black youth fun at the YMCA such as and . That said, he has often acknowledged his fondness for . Willis says that he wrote the song in , . The initial goal of Morali and Belolo was to attract disco's gay audience by featuring popular gay fantasy. Although the two creators of the group were gay and initially intended to target gay men, the other group members were straight men, who simply enjoyed disco culture. Therefore, the group became more popular and more mainstream over time.
SAGAL: Oh, really? All right. Well, anyway, whatever they're playing, Felipe Rose and David Hodo are two of the founding members of the immortal disco group the Village People. Thank you so much for being with us today.
|The Village People - It Took A 'Village'|
|Famous People Who Died Before Age 21|
( Death Becomes Them)
SAGAL: Because you were - I mean, when we talked about the Village People growing up, it was like, oh there's the construction worker, and the Indian...
As with other Village People hits, the lead vocals are handled by Willis and the background vocals are supplied by Willis and professional background singers. The distinctive vocal line features the repeated "Young man!" followed by Willis singing the verse lines. The background vocals join in throughout the song.