Village People is an American disco group known for its on-stage costumes and suggestive lyrics in their music. The group was originally formed by French producers Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and lead singer Victor Willis following the release of the debut album Village People, which targeted disco’s large gay audience. The group’s name refers to Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, with its reputation as a gay neighborhood. The characters were a symbolic group of American masculinity and macho gay-fantasy personas. To date, Willis is the only original member still remaining with the group. The group quickly became popular and moved into the mainstream, scoring several disco and dance hits internationally, including the hit singles “Macho Man”, “In the Navy”, “Go West”, and “Y.M.C.A.”, which was their biggest hit. In March 2020, the Library of Congress described “Y.M.C.A.” as “an American phenomenon”, and added the song to the National Recording Registry, which preserves audio recordings considered to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.