First Hit #1: October 19, 1985
Take on Me is probably best remembered for its iconic music video, which combined live action and pencil-drawn animation to create some memorable images, as well as make people question why the men with wrenches want to beat the guy who looks like Patrick Swayze. It’s a great video, but what about the song?
It’s a great song too, in fact. A little bit of new wave with a fantastic keyboard riff, it’s a fast and exciting bit of pop music. It even defeats my natural aversion to falsetto at one point, no mean feat. I have generally liked A-ha overall since the song came out, partially because I genuinely enjoy Martin Harket’s voice, but because they’re really good at the elements that make Take on Me a great song. They make very intricately layered music, and always have little things like that keyboard riff. To me, it seems a shame that the band is relegated to the ’80s in the minds of many people.