Men Without Hats Songs Ranked

Men Without Hats are a Canadian new wave and synth-pop band, originally from Montreal, Quebec. Their music is characterized by the baritone voice of their American-born Canadian lead singer Ivan Doroschuk, as well as their elaborate use of synthesizers and electronic processing. They achieved their greatest popularity in the 1980s with “The Safety Dance”, a worldwide Top Ten hit (#3 in the United States), and “Pop Goes the World”. After a hiatus for most of the 1990s and 2000s, Doroschuk reformed the band in 2010 and released Love in the Age of War (2012). The reformed group, based in Vancouver, has continued to perform, including a European tour in 2015 and Australia in 2016. The group officially disbanded in 1993, after the career setback of failing to attract another American label as a result of the negative reception to Sideways. The band’s final concert was a benefit to support a women’s shelter in Montreal, with guitarist Denis D’Amour replacing Matte and Kastner, who both had left the band in 1992. Here are all of Men Without Hats albums ranked.

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16. Head Above Water (Love in the Age of War, 2012)

“Simply brilliant and deserving of all the accolades it has received! I’m still listening to this frequently to this day and it never gets old.”

15. Editions of You (Collection, 1996)

“The Roxy Music cover “Editions of You,” which they manage to pull off with keyboard-drenched aplomb. There’s also extended/dance versions of three songs, in case you have a yearning to throw a silly 80’s dance party. “

14. In the Name of Angels (Pop Goes the World, 1987)

“One of those songs that shouldn’t work but just do. Fun sound! Horrible singing and goofy lyrics but In The Name of Angels is awesome! That chorus is epic!”

13. O Sole Mio (Pop Goes the World, 1987)

“O Sole Mio is a song that makes you want to prance around waving your hands in the air like a lunatic! Gotta love the 80’s!!! A pretty song with too much cheese for the average listener to handle.”

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12. Everybody Knows (Love in the Age of War, 2012)

“It’s solid, powerful, more rock-ish, still heavily old-time-synth-popish without falling in the novelty act category. A really honest release to me.”

11. Close to the Sun (Love in the Age of War, 2012)

“Ivan is in great form and provides us with strong and catchy songs. Lou provides us with the female vocals and James Love with the guitars.”

10. Ideas for Walls (Rhythm of Youth, 1982)

“There is so much cheesiness involved that it is much more enjoyable to listen to the songs with the music videos. Still, the album gave a bunch of laughs and it certainly has it’s moments. But there were quite a few duds…”

9. Sideways (Sideways, 1991)

“This is a great record. A back to basics, meat-and-potatoes rock record. And that’s the best thing about it. No ambitions, it’s just a fun record from a band that knows they are way beyond their prime time.”

8. No Dancing (Folk Of The 80’s (Pt. III), 1984)

“The sound of the synthesizers, the atmosphere and the great song. Unfortunately MWH never made an album With this soundscape again.

7. Where Do the Boys Go? (Folk Of The 80’s (Pt. III), 1984)

“A song of pure, unerring joy and fun. Come on, how you can you not do a goofy 80s dance every time you hear this? Some songs are not meant to give you chills, change your life or blow your brains out of your skull. “

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6. Pop Goes the World (Pop Goes the World, 1987)

“In which a band digs in its heels and creates a great pop song in order to shake the one-hit-wonder tag. The melody is great, and the lyrics charmingly silly.”

5. The End (Of the World) (Pop Goes the World, 1987)

“A little too Barney & Friends for my tastes, but no matter how hard one tries it’s still hard to avoid mindlessly humming along to the riff.”

4. I Got the Message (Rhythm of Youth, 1982)

“I Got The Message, well, I suppose not many did get the message judging by its lack of chart placings, was superior to the safety dance, musically and lyrically…yes it was! For those of you who haven’t heard this, and there must be many of you, the message is all about the joys of the rhythm of youth, alternatively delivered in English and French (they are Canadian after all).”

3. Things in My Life (Rhythm of Youth, 1982)

“Rich, melodic, nearly perfect synth-pop sound. This is the bright side of the 80’s. Think about first Depeche Mode album but with more energy. Highly recommended.”

2. I Like (Rhythm of Youth, 1982)

“Someone could change five, ten words tops in this song, switch the title to “Hipsters”, and re-release it today. In fact, I’m surprised nobody has.”

1. The Safety Dance (Rhythm of Youth, 1982)

“The song was an outcry for freedom of expression regarding club bouncers to stop harassing people from pogo dancing during the heyday of new wave music, where it was considered that pogoing was one step removed from slam dancing … and no, the lead singer Ivan Doroschuk explains, “The song was not about safe sex, nor was it about being anti-nuclear.”