“Take on Me”, one of eighties most famous songs, is setting the internet ablaze once again after all these years. Norwegian synthpop band A-ha, who composed the timeless classic, performed their iconic hit for MTV Unplugged and moved the audience to tears with the touching acoustic version.
A- ha's acoustic version of the song, which is best known for its upbeat tempo, seems a little unfamiliar at first as the band cuts out the catchy intro riff in the new version. But after a few seconds into the all new “Take On Me”, the audience found themselves immersed into the soothing beauty of the lyrics.
Many among the audience at Giske Harbour Hal for MTV unplugged were seen wiping away tears.
The original "Take On Me" was recorded in 1984, and it took two versions and three releases to finally chart in the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart in October 1985. In the United States, the song became the only A-ha song to reach the top position of the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1985.
The innovative music video for the song, directed by Steve Barron, features the band depicted with a pencil-sketch animation method called rotoscoping, combined with live action. The video won six awards and was nominated for two others at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1986.
Many were astonished by the fact that singer Morten Harket can still hit the high notes even after all these years. The acoustic cover of “Take on Me” is available on Youtube. The video of the acoustic session has been viewed nearly one and a half million times as of today.