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Safety Dance

Men without Hats: Safety Dance

MMDE: You can dance if you want to

Current: We can dance if we want to

The classic '80s song "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats is a song that still is a hit with the general public today.

With a catchy melody and memorable lyrics (and dance), it's no wonder the song is still popular 30 years later. However, one of the song's most memorable lines is also one of the most misheard.

The line "We can dance if we want to" is often sung as "You can dance if you want to". While Ivan Doroschuk, the lead singer of Men Without Hats, did sing "You can dance if you want to" at a live show, we're talking about the original recording. And "You can dance if you want to" is nowhere to be heard.

Stop bouncing

The song was written after Ivan was kicked out of a club for pogoing, i.e. dancing by jumping up and down.