Village People Albums Ranked

Village People are an American disco group known for their on-stage costumes, catchy tunes, and suggestive lyrics. 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 New York City’s Greenwich Village, at the time known for its large gay population. The characters were a symbolic group of American masculinity and macho gay-fantasy personas. The group quickly became popular and moved into the mainstream, scoring several discos and dance hits internationally, including the hit singles “Macho Man”, “In the Navy”, “Go West” and their biggest hit, “Y.M.C.A.”. Describing the latter as “an American phenomenon”, in March 2020 the US Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry, which preserves audio recordings considered to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. Here are all of the Village People albums ranked.

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10. Can’t Stop The Music (1980)

“It was camp, it was fun, and it was the Village People in a feature length movie. The soundtrck could even get Stephen Hawkins dancing, well almost. Never the less, great songs, great music guaranteed to get any party going. Leave any homophobic thoughts in the closet, and get into it, a great purchase for any disco fans out there.”

9. Greatest Hits (1993)

“What about, if you love 80’s disco music this is a real must!. All the successes of a group that truly marked a musical era, unmistakable and inimitable. A sound that made and still makes miglioni dance people. If you like the genre absolutely to have”

8. The Best Of Village People (1994)

“This particular record edged out the other “Best of” collections of the Village People on my shopping list because of the quality of the “filler” songs on the disc. This was actually purchased as a present for an uncle of mine who loves the group. It just so happens that he has quite the colorful Fire Island story from his days as a pilot and this cd just so happened to be the only best of collection that included a song of the same name.”

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7. Village People (1977)

“The Village People, a remarkably cool and unique act that celebrated the joys of living an alternative lifestyle, got their first album out in style! Sure, it’s just four tracks–but what a great four tracks we get! The Village People harmonize well and the musical arrangement makes great use of the percussion, brass and drums. Awesome!”

6. Renaissance (1981)

“This is one of the most challenging and original musical documents ever recorded. Basically, after topping the charts with YMCA, Go West, and a bunch of other pop fluff, the Village People decide that the road was getting too much for them, and the limitations of live performance were too constraining for their broad musical vision. So they set about recording experimental tracks with no backing band, and agonized in the studio for over a year over the songs that would be eventually released as “Renaissance”. “

5. Sex Over The Phone (1985)

“Sex Over The Phone” is terrific and a perfect 80’s club record, completely synthesized. The title track saw them with a return to the UK charts, a sleazy affair full of electronics, amusing lyrics and heavy breathing. “New York City” was also a single and it’s much better here in it’s full length form. Like all of the songs on this album, it actually has a bit of soul in the vocals and the boys sound much better than they did in their previous two albums.”

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4. Live And Sleazy (1979)

“The Village People have been my favorite group ever since I first heard the song Macho Man. I had this album before, Live and Sleazy and it is easy to see that they that the days of disco were fast coming to a close and this album tried to keep it alive but at the same time were trying to veer away from it.”

3. Macho Man (1978)

“The song “Macho Man” is enjoyable on its own, and those familiar with its radio play are used to hearing the tune fade away at the end. On this album, the song doesn’t really end, but makes a powerful transition into “I Am What I Am.” After hearing these tunes connect, “Macho Man” alone is not the same for me! “I Am What I Am” is also, in my opinion, one of those under appreciated Village People songs.”

2. Go West (1979)

“I remember buying the 45 single of IN THE NAVY in 1978 when I was 11 years old, but it was the B-Side that is really great: MANHATTAN WOMAN, I think the BEST VP song ever – great disco groove, amazing over-the-top vocals, soulful, struttin’, great cut – and you can only find it here on this GO WEST CD, not any of the other “greatest hits” rehashes, since MANHATTAN WOMAN was never really, technically, a “hit” – oh well, savor it now.”

1. Cruisin’ (1978)

“”Cruisin'” is one of the really good disco albums from The Village People; it has a lot of great music! These songs got people up and dancing on the dance floor with The Village People’s signature throbbing disco beat and their upbeat, infectious energy–and the energy even on the few songs they did with lyrics that really weren’t all that happy (for example, “Ups and Downs”). “