Rhythm of Youth is the debut album of Canadian synthpop group Men Without Hats, released in 1982 on Statik Records in Europe and Canada and in 1983 on Backstreet Records in the US. It propelled them to fame with its second single, "The Safety Dance". It was released under the Statik Records label in Canada, distributed by Warner Music Canada (then called WEA Canada) where it achieved Platinum status for sales of 100,000 units.
The US releases of this album featured a different track listing, replacing "Living in China" with an edited version of "Antarctica" (the full version of which appeared on Folk of the 80's) and including an extended version of "The Safety Dance".
In 1985, the album was released on CD in Europe by Statik Records, featuring the Folk of the 80's EP (albeit including the single edit of "Antarctica") and the extended mix of "The Safety Dance" as bonus tracks. It was re-released on CD in Canada in 1997 by Oglio Records as part of a "two-fer" including Folk of the 80's (Part III) and the single edit of "Antarctica".
In 2010, the album was remastered and reissued in Canada by the band's label, Bulldog Brothers, featuring the original US track list (with "Antarctica" replaced with "Living in China") and including all the tracks from both the US and UK LP releases, plus a demo version of "Ban the Game" (known as "Ban the Game II"), an extended mix of "I Got the Message" and a club mix of "The Safety Dance".
"I Like" was released as the first single from Rhythm of Youth (the band's first studio album) on January 24, 1982 by Statik in Europe, Backstreet Records in the USA and Sire Records and Virgin Records in Canada. The single was written by Ivan Doroschuk and produced by Marc Durand. The music video of the song was released in 1982.
"The Safety Dance" was released as the second single from Rhythm of Youth (the band's first studio album) in 1983 by GMC and Virgin Records. The single was written by Ivan Doroschuk and produced by Marc Durand. The music video of the song was released in 1982.