“The Safety Dance” is a song by the Canadian new wave and synth-pop band Men Without Hats. It was was written by lead singer Ivan Doroschuk. “The Safety Dance” was released in 1982 as the second single from their debut album, “Rhythm of Youth.” The song is one of Men Without Hats’ most recognizable hits and is celebrated for its catchy and whimsical sound.
“The Safety Dance” is characterized by its upbeat and playful synth-pop sound. The song’s production reflects the new wave and synth-pop influences of the early 1980s and is known for its repetitive, infectious melody. The lyrics of “The Safety Dance” convey themes of individuality and nonconformity. The song’s narrator asserts the freedom to dance as they please and celebrates the safety of their unique dance style. The chorus, with its catchy melody and memorable lyrics, adds to the song’s whimsical and danceable quality.
“The Safety Dance” was a commercial success for Men Without Hats. It reached the top five positions on music charts in several countries, including the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song’s lighthearted and infectious sound, along with its distinctive music video, contributed to its popularity and established it as one of the quintessential songs of the early 1980s.
The music video was directed by English film director Tim Pope. It was filmed in the village of West Kington in Wiltshire, England.