Take on Me


About Take on Me

"Take On Me" is a song by Norwegian synthpop band A-ha, first released in 1984. The original version was produced by Tony Mansfield, and remixed by John Ratcliff. A new version was produced by Alan Tarney for the group's debut studio album Hunting High and Low (1985). The song combines synthpop with a varied instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, keyboards and drums. The original "Take On Me" was recorded in 1984 and it took two versions and three releases finally to chart in the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart in October 1985. In the United States in October 1985, the song became the only A-ha song to top the Billboard Hot 100, assisted by the wide exposure on MTV of its innovative music video, directed by Steve Barron. The video features the band in a live-action pencil-sketch sequence. The video won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. 


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We're talking away
I don't know what
I'm to say, I'll say it anyway
Today is another day to find you
Shying away
I'll be coming for your love, okay and

Take on me
Take me on
I'll be gone
In a day or two

So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But that's me, I'm stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is okay, and
Say after me
It's no better to be safe than sorry and

Take on me
Take me on
I'll be gone
In a day or two

And, oh, things that you say
Is it live or
Just to play my worries away
You're all the things I've got to remember
You're shying away
I'll be coming for you anyway

Take on me
Take me on
I'll be gone
In a day or two

I'll be gone
In a day or two
In a day or two

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A-ha (stylized a-ha; Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈɑːhɑ]) was a Norwegian pop band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket (vocals), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards), and Pål Waaktaar (guitars). The group initially rose to fame during the mid-1980s after being discovered by musician and producer John Ratcliff and had continued global success in the 1990s and 2000s. more »

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Written by: Pal Waaktaar, Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen

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11 facts about this song

Band Origin
"Take on Me" is by a-ha, a band that originated from Oslo, Norway. They are a pop band that gained worldwide fame in the 1980s.
Song Release
"Take on Me" was initially released in 1984 as a song on the band's first album titled "Hunting High and Low."
Initial Performance
The song did not perform well initially. However, after re-recording and re-releasing it in 1985, the song became a huge success.
Chart Rankings
"Take on Me" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 charts in the United States in 1985. It also charted at No. 2 in the UK.
Unique Music Video
The song's music video is particularly famous for its innovative use of pencil-sketch animation combined with live action, created by using a technique known as rotoscoping.
Grammy Nomination
The music video received a Grammy nomination in 1986 for Best Music Video.
Covers and Remixes
Over the years, "Take on Me" has been covered and remixed by numerous artists, from pop to punk and even to jazz versions, indicating its broad appeal and lasting popularity.
High View Count
The music video for "Take on Me" is one of the most viewed '80s music videos on YouTube, surpassing 1 billion views in 2019.
Song Reviews
Critics praised "Take on Me" for its catchy tune and innovative music video. The song continues to be a staple on 80s and classic pop/rock playlists.
Soundtrack Inclusion
"Take on Me" has been included in various movie soundtracks, including "La La Land" and "Deadpool 2", further cementing its cultural relevance and enduring appeal.
MTV Video Music Awards
The video for "Take on Me" won six awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice.

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