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A-ha's 'Take On Me' Becomes Second '80s Video to Hit 1 Billion YouTube Views

A-ha’s “Take On Me” is the next video to surpass one billion views on YouTube, which makes it only the second song from the 1980s to reach the milestone.

Last fall, Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” became the first '80s song to pass the one billion views threshold. “Take On Me” officially reached one billion views on YouTube on Feb. 17 at 8:20pm GMT.

“Take On Me” was originally released in 1984, but didn't take off until 1985 when the Steve Barron-directed video was released. The pencil-sketch animation and live action video was recently remastered and upgraded to 4K format for YouTube.

A-ha are celebrating the milestone with some new merchandise, including a T-shirt designed by Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger who were the original video's animators and designers, a 12-by-12-inch art print signed by all three bandmates, and a VHS tape of the official music video.

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Article image: A-ha performing in Madrid, Spain in 2010. (Jamesbond raul [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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