A-ha's synthpop hit "Take On Me" features an instantly recognizable music video with a stop-motion animation sequence.

Take On Me: The Song That Took Over the World

“Take On Me” is a song by Norwegian synthpop band A-ha. It was released in 1985 as the lead single from their second album, Hunting High and Low. The song was an international success, reaching number one in 36 countries. It was also a critical success, winning a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

The song’s music video was also a huge success. It was directed by Steve Barron and featured a stop-motion animation sequence that was groundbreaking for its time. The video was nominated for eight MTV Video Music Awards, winning six, including Video of the Year.

“Take On Me” is one of the most recognizable songs of all time. It is a classic example of synthpop and has been covered by many artists. The song is still popular today and is often used in movies, television shows, and commercials.

Here are some interesting facts about the song “Take On Me”:

  • The song was written by Morten Harket, Pål Waaktaar-Savoy, and Magne Furuholmen.
  • The song’s music video was inspired by a comic book that Waaktaar-Savoy had seen.
  • The stop-motion animation in the music video was created by Magnus Carlsen.
  • The music video was filmed in London and Oslo.
  • The song won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1986.
  • The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009.

“Take On Me” is a classic song that has stood the test of time. It is a catchy, upbeat song with a memorable melody. The song’s music video is also iconic and helped to make the song a global success. “Take On Me” is a song that will continue to be enjoyed by music fans for many years to come.

Fun Fact

The song’s music video was actually rejected by MTV twice before it was finally aired. The network’s executives felt that the stop-motion animation was too expensive and time-consuming to produce. However, the video eventually became a huge hit and helped to make “Take On Me” one of the most recognizable songs of all time.

About the Band

A-ha is a Norwegian synth-pop band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band consists of Morten Harket (vocals), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, guitar), and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy (guitar). A-ha rose to international fame in 1985 with their hit single “Take On Me,” which featured a revolutionary music video that blended live action and animation.

The band continued to produce successful albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and they have sold over 100 million records worldwide. A-ha has also been recognized for their contributions to music with numerous awards, including multiple MTV Video Music Awards and a Grammy Award nomination.

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