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 single entered the UK singles chart at No.55 on 22nd Sept 1985, making it the fourth highest new entry. The song reached No.2 on 20th October, being held off the top spot for three weeks by Jennifer Rush with "The Power of Love" - the band must have been cursing her!
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 Hunting 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).