When the Norwegian synthpop band A-ha recorded “Take on Me” in 1984, the song didn’t meet instant success. It took recording two different versions of the track, and releasing it three separate times, before the song managed to climb the charts, peaking at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the UK Singles Chart.
Since then, the song has enjoyed a pretty fine afterlife. It has clocked nearly 500 million plays on YouTube. You’ll find it on countless 1980s anthologies and playlists. And now you can watch an entirely new performance of the song, which has already gone viral on YouTube. Recorded last June in Norway, as part of an unplugged concert for MTV, this version is more subtle and melancholy than the original. And, as many Youtube commenters readily note, it’s rather beautiful.
Find more details about the performance on A-ha’s website.