“Take on Me” is a song by Norwegian pop band a-ha. Written by the band members, the song was produced by Alan Tarneyfor the group’s first studio album Hunting High and Low, released in 1985. The song combines synthpop with a varied instrumentation, which includes acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums and synthesizers.
The original “Take on Me” was recorded in 1984, and took three releases to chart in the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart in November 1985. In the United States the song reached the top position of the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1985, due in no small part to the wide exposure of its memorable and cutting-edge music video on MTV, directed bySteve Barron. The video features the band in a pencil-sketch animation/live-action combination called rotoscoping in which individual frames of live video are drawn over or colored. It became one of the most instantly recognizable and most enduringly popular music videos in the U.S., where it was nominated for eight awards at the third annual MTV Video Awards in 1986, winning six, including Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice. “Take on Me” was also nominated for Best Video of the Year at the 1986 American Music Awards. Their six MTV Award wins for that video gave them twice as many wins as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and more than any artist in the three years of the awards combined.
And now enjoy a beautiful, gentle cover by Anni B. Sweet:
Have you ever wished songs actually sang about what was happening in the music video? Try a “literal video version” like this one: it is a faithful description of what is actually happening in the video: