A-ha is on YouTube’s celebrity list: 1 billion YouTube plays for “Take on Me”

A-haMorten Harket in A-ha.Photo: Svein Ove Ekornesvåg / NTB scanpix

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A-ha’s megahit “Take on Me” has hit 1 billion views on YouTube. The pop group started a long tour on Wednesday.

According to people.com, only four songs from the last century have achieved this in the past.

These are the Guns N ‘Roses songs “November Rain” and “Sweet Child O’Mine”, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

A billion views on YouTube are quite rare even for material released after the turn of the millennium. YouTube is the world’s largest website for uploading, viewing and sharing video clips.

A-ha started a world tour with a concert in Australia on Wednesday. The group then plays around the world throughout the year.

– “It is obvious that the video is unique and can withstand the ravages of time. We are very fortunate to have such a song in the catalog,” said a-ha member Magne Furuholmen to music magazine Billboard last year.

“Take on Me” did not hit when the song first launched in 1984. It came out on the market again the following year along with a new music video with groundbreaking effects. The music video ruled on MTV’s music TV channel for a long time.

The song also topped the charts in 36 countries.

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