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Oslo, Norway (1982 – 1994, 1998 – 2010)

a-ha was a Norwegian band that was globally successful from the 1980s until their split in 2010. The trio, composed of lead vocalist Morten Harket, guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, formed in 1982 and left Oslo, Norway for London in order to make a career in the music business.

The origin of the name a-ha comes from the lyric of an early song. After checking dictionaries in several languages, they found out that ‘a-ha’ was an international way of expressing recognition, with positive connotations. It was short, a-ha was easy to say and somewhat unusual.

The first song to break through into the mainstream culture was Take on Me, which was featured on the album Hunting High And Low; a main reason for its popularity was the music video that came some time later after the song’s release.
“Take on Me” was the first song Morten Harket heard Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy play. At that time the song was called “Lesson One.” After multiple re-recordings and two failed releases, “Take on Me” became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1985. Although their first release of the song in 1984 was not a major success, it was remixed by producer Alan Tarney a year later, and sold 1.5 million copies worldwide in one week. Eventually the single “Take on Me” is estimated to have sold 7-9 million copies worldwide; it peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK Singles Chart. Sales were aided in the U.S.


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  • LoveRaven

    хороши чертяки

    6 Oct 6:04am Reply
  • Taciana-Ordonio

    A-hawesome! [8]

    30 Sep 9:37pm Reply
  • Des_Casadore

    Прекрасная музыка. Обожаю их с детства <3

    22 Sep 2:51am Reply

    Тэйк он ми - ацтой [3] дофига классных песен, slender frame например

    21 Sep 2:18pm Reply
  • Marooned_MB

    One hit wonder?!?! Damn.. Anyway - surprised that "Stay on these roads" is on 8th and not 2nd.

    29 Aug 11:34am Reply
  • Laritenni

    Вот такая музыка и приносит покой в душу.

    27 Aug 9:16am Reply
  • iPowers

    How are they #442 in the charts when they are a one hit wonder? That's pretty impressive.

    25 Aug 2:42pm Reply
  • Damianek666XD

    lol so faggs

    15 Aug 3:26pm Reply
  • SoccerZocker

    still waiting for reunion! [3]

    15 Aug 7:35am Reply
  • AntonyPupsik

    Тэйк он ми - НЕ ацтой. Очень даже приятная песня. Классика, скажу даже. И давайте не устраивать срач к этой группе, дорогие русские.

    9 Aug 12:47pm Reply
  • MrShayton

    Альбом Analogue вовсе не в жанре "поп" или "новая волна", оказывается. Это мелодичный альтернативный рок. Для меня это приятное открытие.

    9 Aug 12:44pm Reply
  • VasilyParshuta

    Тэйк он ми - ацтой [3]. Обычный синти-поп, не имеющий почти ничего общего с более поздним, оригинальным звучанием Ахи.

    5 Aug 9:32am Reply
  • DjsMix74

    The 80's Legend!!! :-)

    26 Jul 5:37am Reply
  • Stereorgasm

    Scoundrel days : an must-have, all in there is perfect , innovation, catchy melodies, gloomy mood, perfect musicality.

    21 Jul 10:44am Reply
  • paulastorm_

    Hunting High and Low ♥

    20 Jul 11:18pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    jesuslovesgoat, да пошли вы. Тэйк он ми - одна из самых значимых песен десятилетия.

    17 Jul 10:29pm Reply
  • jgravestone

    Тэйк он ми - ацтой [2]

    3 Jul 1:53pm Reply
  • Kyonil

    Это вообще вау.

    19 Jun 9:52am Reply
  • Keila_M

    A-hawesome! [7]

    18 Jun 3:09pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    Обожаю ♥

    9 Jun 7:47pm Reply
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