We recommend you check out Darren Scott’s one-hit wonder pick  a-ha’s Take on Me before reading and listening to our reviews below.

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One Hit Wonder or Not? a-ha's Take on Me

Sonic Collective member Darren Scott started off our one hit wonder round by choosing a-ha. a-ha is often considered a one-hit wonder, largely due to the immense success of their debut single “Take on Me.” The song reached number one in the United States and several other countries in 1985, and its innovative music video became an iconic part of 80s pop culture.

We now go back and listen to this album and explore this band a little deeper to see if they deserve the negatively perceived one hit wonder moniker. Listen along to see what we discovered about this band from Norway, we think you will be surprised at some of the things we discovered.

Here’s a few things we learned:

  • The paradigm of the 1-hit wonder is definitely based on the perception and popularity in the USA, which isn’t fair. (Tragically Hip Rule!)
  • We discovered that being put in a pop category if you aren’t a pop band, can work against bands like a-ha. Were they a pop band?
  • Scott G brought up “alone time” in the shower way too often!

Enjoy! Darren @ The Sonic Collective

Overall Scores

Overall: 3.25 
Would we recommend: 2.75

Our Individual Review Scores
Scott C
Recommend: 2
Overall: 3

Recommend: 3.5
Overall: 3 (4 if you love 80’s New Wave / Emo)

Scott G
Recommend: 2
Overall: 3

Recommend: 3.5
Overall: 4

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