"Take on Me" is a song by the Norwegian synthpop band A-ha. Written by the band members, the song was produced by Alan Tarney for the group's debut studio album Hunting High and Low, (1985). The song combines synthpop with a varied instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, keyboards, and drums.
The original "Take on Me" was recorded in 1984, and took three releases to chart in the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart in November 1985. In the United States, the song was the only ever A-ha song to reach the top position of the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1985, due in no small part to the wide exposure of its memorable and cutting-edge music video on MTV, directed by Steve Barron. The video features the band in a pencil-sketch animation method called rotoscoping, combined with live action. The video won six awards, and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.The music video's directors received inspiration for the video from watching, "Orpheus", a foreign film to be the first to use special effects. -- Wikipedia
The a-ha song Take on Me was covered by ...
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- Punk rock band MxPx covered the song on their 1995 album "On the Cover".
- German eurodance duo Captain Jack covered it on their 1996 debut album "The Mission".
- American band Cap'n Jazz cover it for their 1998 two-disc set "Analphabetapolothology".
- Ska punk band Reel Big Fish covered it for the 1999 film "BASEketball". The song was later released on the BASEketball soundtrack and the international version of their album "Why Do They Rock So Hard?". The band also released a video clip for "Take on Me", directed by Jeff Moore.
- British-Norwegian boyband A1 covered it for their 2000 album "The A List", which was commercially successful and topped the charts in the UK and Norway, where it was certified silver by the BPI.
- German punk band Wohlstandskinder covered it on the 2000 compilation Punk Chartbusters Vol. 3.
- Belgian punk band Janez Detd. covered it on their 2000 album "Janez Detd."
- German rock band Emil Bulls covered it on their 2001 album "Angel Delivery Service".
- Mansfield covered it on his 2001 single "The World Is Waiting for Us - Record One" and on his 2002 album "Mansfield Popp".
- Italian progressive power metal Vision Divine covered it on their 2002 album "Send Me an Angel".
- Buttercup covered it on the 2002 compilation "Totally Fucking the '80s".
- Trinidadian soca musician Destra Garcia uses a cover of the instrumental in her 2004 song "Bonnie and Clyde".
- The Bitch Boys covered it on the 2005 compilation "Beyond the Sea - The Surf Instrumental Bands of the World Fearlessly Extend Their Repertoire".
- American duo Letters Lost covered it on their 2006 album "You Are My Biggest Fan".
- Spanish folk metal band Mägo de Oz covered it on their 2006 compilation album "The Best Oz".
- Eve St. Jones covered it on the 2007 compilation "Jazz and '80s - Part Two".
- Minimatic feat. Juliette P. covered it on the 2007 compilation "La Perla: Black Label".
- Latvian instrumental cello rock trio Melo-M covered it on their 2007 album "Singalongs".
- Finnish symphonic metal cover group Northern Kings covered it for their 2008 album "Rethroned".
- American boy band the Jonas Brothers covered it during their 2008 "When You Look Me in the Eyes Tour" and on an episode of "Dancing with the Stars".
- American R&B duo Zo! and Tigallo covered it for their 2008 EP "Love the 80s".
- Danish experimental band Slaraffenland covered it on their 2008 EP "Sunshine".
- Spanish artist Anni B Sweet made an acoustic cover version of the song in 2009.
- Carl Newman cover it on the 2009 compilation album "Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs".
- Enrico covered it for the "X Factor Anteprima - Compilation 2009".
- Ely Bruna cover it on her 2010 album "Remember the Time - Papik Presents Ely Bruna".
- Italian trio Niji covered it on their 2010 album "Why We Like 80's?"
- South Korean pop singer Seo In-guk covered it as "Take" on a 2010 single. The verses of the song were re-written into Korean while the chorus kept the original English lyrics.
- Norwegian jazz singer Inger Marie Gundersen cover it on her 2011 album "For You".
- Christian punk pop band Eleventyseven covered it on their 2011 EP "Quota".
- In 2011, accordion players of the Kum Song School of Music of Pyongyang, North Korea performed a cover for Morten Traavik, a Norwegian cultural event organizer. Traavik's video of the first performance was a YouTube hit in February 2012, and the quintet subsequently performed at a cultural festival in Kirkenes, Norway, a few days after the YouTube video gained widespread attention.
- Mexican musical group OV7 covered a version of the song titled "Prisioneros". It was the second single from their 2012 album "Forever 7".
- American alternative rock band Lazlo Bane covered it on the 2012 EP "Guilty Pleasures the 80s Volume 1".