A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ reaches 1 billion on Youtube

music news 24/02/2020

It may come 35 years after its release, but a-ha's famous song 'Take On Me' has just hit a massive milestone!

The song by the Norwegian trio has just ticked over 1 billion streams on Youtube.

It is only the second music video from the 1980s to reach the milestone, following in the footsteps of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses.

Other songs to reach one billion views include Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

A-ha are celebrating the achievement with some commemorative merchandise - before they head here to New Zealand to perform two shows alongside Rick Astley.

A-ha had a number one single with ‘Take On Me’ when it was first released, but the video has only been on YouTube since 2010.

Delighted with the news, the band posted on twitter, saying: “Take On Me has hit ONE BILLION views on YouTube!

“We couldn’t have done this without you, our fans.”

The song was originally released in 1984, and re-released the following year after failing to become a hit when it was first put out.

A-ha perform in New Zealand next month at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena and at A Day On The Green in Auckland's Villa Maria.