A-HA - TAKE ON ME (1985)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Fans of 80s electronica/synthpop will know that this classic song was most definitely one of the highlights of the decade, and it was accompanied by one of the best-remembered pop videos from the 1980s.
"Take On Me" was the Norwegian 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 lads won six awards for the iconic video at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. It features pencil-sketch animation known as rotoscoping, in the style of a comic strip from a teen magazine.
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).