This week’s selection is a-ha’s “Take On Me”:
“Take On Me” was released from Norwegian band a-ha’s first album Hunting High and Low. With the help of this groundbreaking video, the song reached number 1 in the U.S. in October 1985. At the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, the video for “Take on Me” won six awards—Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice—and was nominated for two others, Best Group Video and Video of the Year.
a-ha did not have any other major hits in the U.S. after “Take On Me”, but they remained very successful internationally. The went on hiatus in 1994, then reunited in 1998. On October 15, 2009, the band announced that they are calling it quits after their 2010 tour.