“Take on Me” is a synthpop song that combines various instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, keyboards, and drums.
Released in September 1984, and later featured on the 1985 album Hunting High and Low, “Take On Me” was A-ha’s first single, and by far their most popular one:
- It sold over 7 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all-time.
- The single was huge in Europe. It peaked at #2 for 3 consecutive weeks, held off the top spot by Jennifer Rush’s “The Power of Love”, and received a gold certification by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
- It reached the top of the Eurochart Hot 100 for 9 weeks, topping the singles charts in 36 countries.
"To me it still sounds fresh on the radio. It started out being called ‘Lesson One,’ then we renamed the song ‘All’s Well That Ends Well and Moves With the Sun.’ A very catchy, short title…I have no doubt that the video made the song a hit. The song has a super catchy riff, but it is a song that you have to hear a few times. And I don’t think it would’ve been given the time of day without the enormous impact of the video." –Magne Furuholmen via Rolling Stone