The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978.
The theme song for a presidential entrance plays homage to their image and the malleability of their character.
So it was with great confusion to some, and perhaps not to others, that President Trump decided on the song "Macho Man" by the Villiage People to play as he arrived on stage to Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. He was joined by Hindu nationalist prime minister Narendra Modi.
The classic disco song includes the lyrics: “Every man wants to be a macho macho man/To have the kind of body, always in demand/Jogging in the mornings, go man go/Works out in the health spa, muscles glow/You can best believe that, he’s a macho man.”
Pink News reports that some in the press covering the event were "utterly baffled" about the track choice because it is such a well-known gay anthem.
"I never thought I’d be listening to ‘Macho Macho man’ in Gujarat, let alone with a crowd of 120,000 people anywhere in this world," tweeted New York Times correspondent Maria Abi-Habib. "But this was the song that Trump walked out to.”
For all of its perceived homo-erotic subtly the song was actually co-written by Victor Willis (The Policeman), the only straight member in the band until he left in 1983.
At the time of its success, bandmate Randy Jones (The Native American) explained in an interview that the song was meant to emphasize the self-empowered "Me Decade."
"There's a new revival of narcissism in American at the moment," he told Sounds in 1979. "We placed emphasis on the individual. You get all kinds of things thrown at you by the television and magazines over here but they can't carry on dictating how you feel. We just pointed out that you shouldn't worry about what other people think of you. Being yourself is the most important thing you can be."
The president addressed over 100,000 Indians wearing white Trump baseball caps.