a-ha - Take On Me (1985)
I adore 80s electronica, and this song was most definitely one of the highlights of the decade for me.
Take On Me was the 80s synthpop band's debut single and reached #1 in numerous countries, including Norway and the US. In the UK it just missed out on the top-spot, peaking at #2.
The Norwegian lads won six awards for the video (which features pencil-sketch animation known as rotoscoping) at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. Take On Me took three releases to chart in the UK and was the first track from a-ha's debut album Hunthing High And Low.
The follow-up single The Sun Always Shines On TV reached #1 in the UK, but peaked at #2 in the bands home country of Norway and #20 in the US. The album produced two more hit singles; Train Of Thought (#8 UK) and the title track Hunting High and Low (#5 UK).
Take on Me
For those of you into synth music, here is a version of Take on Me played on a Roland JX305 and Yamaha CS2x synthesizers.