Let's Make Mixtapes

Keeping your childhood pop icons alive…even the ones you thought were dead.

In the early days of the streaming music service Pandora, I found the most grating glitch in its algorithm to be its ability to work a-ha‘s “Take On Me” into any station. For example, if listening to “Gregorian Monks Record Mating Whale Noises,” you would inevitably hear the huge hit single before the station returned to whale noises.


The song was–and continues to be–an inescapable hit for the Norwegian band formed in 1982. From their debut album Hunting High and Low, the song would reach number 1 in six countries (and 2 & 3 in three others) and be certified gold. And while it would be the only major hit for the band in the U.S., they would go on to release number 1 singles in their home country well into the 2000s.

While they will forever be tied to “Take On Me” (thanks, Pandora), they actually released a second single from that debut album which reached number 20 in the U.S. (and higher in 10 other countries.) Take a listen and see if you don’t have your own “a-ha!” moment…

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