‘Take On Me’ tops a billion YouTube views: What makes 80s Norwegian hit so enduring?

‘Take On Me’ tops a billion YouTube views: What makes 80s Norwegian hit so enduring?

It’s arguably the biggest success in the history of Norwegian pop, and A-ha’s 1984 pop classic ‘Take On Me’ this week reached a new milestone.

Ice instruments ring out coolest music in Norway

Ice instruments ring out coolest music in Norway

Bergen for first-timers… and return visitors

Bergen for first-timers… and return visitors

Biggie gets bigger via young Norwegian DJ

Biggie gets bigger via young Norwegian DJ

Unique music venues in Norway

Unique music venues in Norway

From Netherlands to Norway, Klangstof on dark rock journey

From Netherlands to Norway, Klangstof on dark rock journey

‘I am both black and white, both American and Swedish’
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‘I am both black and white, both American and Swedish’

These are the Spotify hits Norwegians listened to in 2016

These are the Spotify hits Norwegians listened to in 2016

Norwegian band rides ‘Vikings’ success to top of Billboard chart

Norwegian band rides ‘Vikings’ success to top of Billboard chart

Kygo sets all-time Norway record on US Billboard chart

Kygo sets all-time Norway record on US Billboard chart

Norway duo’s smash hit irks Ibiza officials

Norway duo’s smash hit irks Ibiza officials

Bruce Springsteen gig confirmed in Norway

Bruce Springsteen gig confirmed in Norway

US rockers in Oslo: We’re ready to make Paris smile

US rockers in Oslo: We’re ready to make Paris smile

US rockers to hit Oslo on first tour since Paris attacks

US rockers to hit Oslo on first tour since Paris attacks

Ellie Goulding had close call on frozen lake in Norway

Ellie Goulding had close call on frozen lake in Norway

Bells at Oslo’s City Hall to honour David Bowie

Bells at Oslo’s City Hall to honour David Bowie

Oslo city bells pay tribute to rock legend Lemmy

Oslo city bells pay tribute to rock legend Lemmy

Norwegian DJ Kygo breaks Spotify record

Norwegian DJ Kygo breaks Spotify record

Can Justin make it up to Nordic Beliebers?

Can Justin make it up to Nordic Beliebers?

Danish artist MØ to sing at Nobel Prize concert

Danish artist MØ to sing at Nobel Prize concert

Jay-Z buys Nordic Spotify rival Wimp

Jay-Z buys Nordic Spotify rival Wimp

Ski legend Northug fronts World Cup song

Ski legend Northug fronts World Cup song

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Jay Z set to buy Norway’s Wimp

GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway

GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway

US court gives Norway Bieber fraudster 11 years

US court gives Norway Bieber fraudster 11 years

VIDEO: 7-year-old channels Billie Holiday

VIDEO: 7-year-old channels Billie Holiday

Norway schools delay exams amid Bieber fever

Norway schools delay exams amid Bieber fever

UN censors Norwegian girls’ despot song: report

UN censors Norwegian girls’ despot song: report

Norwegian fans get naked for Robyn

Norwegian fans get naked for Robyn

Snoop Dogg caught with drugs in Norway

Snoop Dogg caught with drugs in Norway

Sexy singers ‘worse than porn stars’

Sexy singers ‘worse than porn stars’

Tupac Shakur can teach us a lot: Oslo professor

Tupac Shakur can teach us a lot: Oslo professor

‘File sharers to blame for expensive festivals’

‘File sharers to blame for expensive festivals’

Dozens injured at Oslo Bieber show

Dozens injured at Oslo Bieber show

Eager Bieber fans set to flock to free gig

Eager Bieber fans set to flock to free gig

Bieber fever grips Oslo

Bieber fever grips Oslo

Stop sending foreigners to Eurovision: politician

Stop sending foreigners to Eurovision: politician

‘Too sexy’ Tone Damli looks back on seven crazy years

‘Too sexy’ Tone Damli looks back on seven crazy years

Black metal star’s family says no to Norwegian tailfin honour

Black metal star’s family says no to Norwegian tailfin honour

Gay rights groups fume over Sizzla’s Oslo gig

Gay rights groups fume over Sizzla’s Oslo gig

Tailfin trauma for Norwegian as dead black metal star leads poll

Tailfin trauma for Norwegian as dead black metal star leads poll

Norway MP stars in ‘big girl’ music video

Norway MP stars in ‘big girl’ music video

Rihanna to headline new Oslo festival

Rihanna to headline new Oslo festival

‘He’s as handsome as a Greek Adonis’

‘He’s as handsome as a Greek Adonis’

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Petter Northug (a cappella)

Madonna taking new tour to Oslo in August

Madonna taking new tour to Oslo in August

Video: A-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ gets North Korean treatment

Video: A-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ gets North Korean treatment

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Hit-and-run suspect admits driving killer van

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Suspect ‘doesn’t recall’ driving hit-and-run van

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Police arrest hit-and-run suspect

Singing star’s dad killed in Norway hit-and-run

Singing star’s dad killed in Norway hit-and-run

Racism row mars Norwegian music awards

Racism row mars Norwegian music awards

Anti-Islam lyrics no barrier to Norway music prize

Anti-Islam lyrics no barrier to Norway music prize