Song of the Day #2,135: ‘Take On Me (Live)’ – A-ha

ahaIf anything reveals my bias for sad songs it’s my failure to consider A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ when compiling my list of favorites. Without question, this song belonged on that list.

But it was too peppy, too synth-y, too 80s to even get into the conversation. Major oversight. I apologize to all Norwegians.

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Song of the Day #74: ‘Take On Me’ – A-Ha

This week’s theme, today through Friday, is beloved 80s songs that have memorable videos.

And when I told Alex about the theme, her immediate response was “Like A-Ha?”

I think ‘Take On Me’ might be the most memorable video in MTV history, at least for those of us who were around when MTV first launched. It’s the first video I can remember that complemented the song so well that you almost couldn’t conceive of listening to it separately. To this day, if I hear ‘Take On Me’ I immediately picture the lead singer passing behind that animation/reality screen and the cute blonde finding the crumpled up paper in the diner wastebasket.

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