A-ha’s Obscure And Scrapped Version Of “Take On Me” From 1984

You likely know Take On Me by A-ha, but there was another version of the song a year before the massive success in 1985. The self-composed original version was produced by Tony Mansfield, and remixed by John Ratcliff, while the second version was produced by Alan Tarney for the group’s debut studio album Hunting High and Low.

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 in October 1985, the song became the only A-ha song to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100, due in no small part to the wide exposure on MTV of its innovative music video, directed by Steve Barron.