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Eligible since: 2009 (The 2010 Induction Ceremony)

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Will A-Ha be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


129 comments so far (post your own)

A one hit wonder, particularly a wonder brought to fame by a single video does not justify a place in the hall. I'd wager that they'll be represented in a "video" sidebar exhibit in the museum... with Godley and Creme, Duran Duran and other peers who did cool videos but weren't exactly stretching the bounds of music.

Posted by lightninli on Sunday, 01.7.07 @ 00:37am

In regards to the comment below, a-ha are NOT one hit wonders. In America yes maybe, but not in the rest of the world, but I guess that doesn't count does it unless 'it happens in the US' and all that rubbish... a-ha as well as having countless hits over the years are still continueing to produce awesome music and have also been acknowlegded as big influences to bands such as Coldplay & U2. But like I've already said, it didn't happen in the US, so of course, no one will give a flying duck... Chances of them being included in this are very slim. If this was outside the US? Sure they'd have a much bigger chance.

@lightninli: I suggest you do a bit of research before conducting what you thing is a pretty correct statement. Far from the truth. =)

Posted by Inertia666 on Tuesday, 02.20.07 @ 13:11pm

Inertia speaks the truth. a-ha have been consistently releasing very well recieved albums and selling out arenas overseas since the 80's, especially in Europe. The one-hit wonder tag is completely false. I suggest people check out "Minor Earth Major Sky" from a few years back, it is an outstanding modern a-ha album, and those of you only familiar with "Take On Me" will be very surprised. Also, "How Can I Sleep With Your Voice In My Head" is a killer a-ha live album recorded from a recent European tour.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame should be called The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of the United States, because for better or worse, unless you have success here in the States, forget being even considered for induction. An even better example than a-ha would be Canada's The Tragically Hip. One of Canada's top and most respected bands since the late 80's, they consistently sell out arenas there, yet barely fill small clubs when they tour the States.

Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 02.20.07 @ 13:41pm

I really think that Bryan Adams should get in. He is one of the most talented singers ever. With hits like "Summer of 69", "Heaven", "Cuts Like a Knife", and "(EveryThing I Do) I Do for You". He is one of the greatest artists of all time. I can't believe they can pass him over.

Posted by Brhett on Wednesday, 02.21.07 @ 19:36pm

Based on music NO they will not get in. However their Video for Take On Me was the most innovative video of its time so I think that needs it own little sidenote in history. P.S. I did read the other comments about a-ha having more hits in other countries but where is the hall of fame located let me think for a minute.............oh yeah thats right in the U.S.A. so deal with it!

Posted by D on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 15:45pm

A-ha deserve to be in the hall of fame now! in fact they already ought to be on this precious distinction and acknowledgement .Silvia, Buenos Aires Argentina

Posted by Silvia on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 00:06am

If the US would just realise how much a-ha influence modern artists like ColdPlay, Keane and U2 and stop this one-hit wonder nonsense about Take On Me and listen to albums like Minor Earth Major Sky, Lifelines and Analogue they would see how much a-ha deserve to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They have proved they are not one-hit wonders.

Perhaps the award needs to be retitled the "Rock & Roll Hall of Shame" because if it doesn't happen for a-ha in the US you guys don't wanna know about it which is why its a shame.

Posted by Marit Helland on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 02:09am

Hey D, why does it matter where the physical Hall is located? By that logic, you should omit all of the British bands as well. No Beatles, Who, Stones, Kinks, Zeppelin...

Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 09:06am

A-ha the best!!!!for 20 years!!!!

Posted by Silvia on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 11:33am

A-ha should be on the Hall of Fame already after 21 years of succes and great art!

Posted by Liliana on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 11:47am

Unfortunately I just know a-ha will not be included any time soon.
Eventhough they really should be.

I guess that nobody besides the ones who got into the a-ha albums, bothered to look beyond the image back then and unfortunately that image and their first video seem to be the only things that stuck.
So when looking back for this thing, a-ha will not even be considered as a serious option for one second by enough people, and because of that fact the actual music will not even be listened to, to make a fair judgement about the inovation part, so a-ha won't make it.

Already mentioned are Coldplay, Keane and U2.(alright maybe that last one not really)
Norwegian singer Sondre Lerche is upcoming in the US now, and he has also first gotten into musicmaking because of a-ha singer Morten Harket.

Quite a number of times new UK bands mention a-ha as one of their influences, eventhough perhaps just in passing and along with other bands that have influenced them.

Often reviews use a-ha as a description of how a new band or singer sounds.
That clearly shows that a-ha had and have a distinctly recognizable sound that you can pinpoint and that easily comes to mind stil to this very day.

Surely all these were the reasons for UK Q-magazine giving them their Inspiration Award in 2006.

How nice it would be if the US could acknowledge them as well.

Posted by Claudia on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 15:38pm

A-ha was only promoted in America when their first album came out then the American record industry tossed them to the curb. But in the meantime they are known and have MANY hit's world wide (except for America).Even though I'm a American I'm very glad I don't blindly follow the popular American mainstream music culture, because If I did I would of never followed and been loyal to band's like a-ha for years.. They honestly do deserve to be inducted but knowing how the lame music industry is here in America they probably will not be inducted.. And boils my blood when most American's label them as "one hit wonders" since they have released MANY albums since the 80's & their music is still very good..WAKE UP AMERICA!!

Posted by Cassandra on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 22:16pm

The Hall of fame shoud be honored with the presence of A-ha as soon as Posible,20 year on stage goog music great people.Emiliano

Posted by Emiliano on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 23:05pm

A-ha mi grupo preferido de siempre, hall of fame now!Fernando Argentina

Posted by Fernando on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 23:07pm

A-ha the best pop group from 80s 90's and 2000's, they deserve to be at the Hall of fame.Sil

Posted by SilviaL on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 23:10pm

A-ha molto buon grupo!

Posted by Antonia Lizzano on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 23:12pm

does anyone that says a-ha can't get into the hall of fame because their music isn't all that great, actually listened to their music? i think not, before suggesting that they shouldn't be entered listen to one and make your judgement then. those guys careers have been plauged by that song they did in the 80's 20 years of hard work and inspiration should deserve a place in the hall of fame

Posted by fiooooooooona on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 02:22am

Commentary on a-ha

"Morten looked like Elvis Presley and had the operatic voice of Roy Orbison" (Jeff Ayeroff, Warner's marketing genius in 1985. Comment from 2005)

"One of the greatest unacknowledged geniouses of pop's past two decades." (The Guardian reviews a-ha's Royal Albert Hall concert in London 2002)

"As a 12 year old, Hunting High and Low was always in my head, and a-ha still continues to be an important band to me." (Chris Martin, Coldplay)

"Everyone asks us who has inspired Coldplay, who we have stolen from, who we listened to when we grew up. Such questions remind you of what has formed you and had an impact on you. The first bands I loved were a-ha and James." (James = British band that started in 82)

"I was in Amsterdam the other day and I put on the album Hunting High and Low. I remembered right there and then how much I loved that album. It's just unbelievable songwriting." (Chris Martin, Coldplay, 2005)

"Morten Harket has a fantastic voice and a-ha has been one of our favorite bands for many years. a-ha has a sort of nordic sound." (Neil Tennant, The Pet Shop Boys)

"They are definitely my favourites this summer. Their last CD (Minor Earth, Major Sky) is just fantastic, and how the vocalist sings!" (Sarah Brightman)

"a-ha was always kind of a misunderstood band in my ears. They were perceived as a teenage group for girls, but in reality a very creative band." (Adam Clayton, U2)

"When we heard U2's "Beatiful Day" for the first time, the part where Bono sings "Touch Me", we thought right away that that sounds like a-ha!" (Keane)

"I have always liked the band" (Leonard Cohen)

"That man got pipes." (Carl Perkins commenting on Morten Harket's voice)

"I met a-ha for the first time on Barbados, and got a very positive impression of them. Different personalities that strives together and creates something creative. I stands respect of what they do, and we got a good contact. When I and David Crosby played in Oslo earlier this winter, Morten appeard backstage after the concert. There we began to talk about the possibility of contributing with a little vocal, and now it's done. a-ha is a good band, and the song I did backing on is very good." (Graham Nash of The Hollies / Crosby Stills & Nash, from a 2005 interview. Nash will do some backing vocals on one of a-ha's new songs)

"It was so cool that they were there! a-ha was one of the bands that were really in the spotlight on MTV in the 80's. That's why it was really fun that they participated at Live 8." (Audioslave, 2005)

"- Morten Harket, ladies and gentlemen! Look at him ! He does'nt get any older ! I hope I will look like that when I'm..31 ! ( Morten is 46 ) ( comment by Robbie Williams at the NMA 2004 )

"About Morten Harket:

- It was the way Morten Harket used to have different things on his wrists. I do it myself, still. He is the most disarmed and most beautiful man you'll ever gonna meet. ( Chris MArtin, Coldplay 2005 )

"On German radio a some years back, Coldplay's, Chris Martin's affection for a-ha came to show, as he played a wonderful accoustic version of " Hunting High and Low " with the following introduction from Martin:

- When you don't have more of your own songs, you have to go to things you listned to as a child. One of the bands that I and the others in Coldplay listned to a lot when we were young, was a-ha from Norway. We're not so into being hip any longer and that's why we're not afraid to say that we liked them. This is a tribute to a-ha !

Norwegian singer, Ane Brun comenting on being warmup artist for a-ha in coming concerts:

- I`m really looking
forward to this. a-ha is a fantastic band and one of
my favorite bands. I have always liked them, and they
just keep getting better and better", says Ane Brun

- This is one of my absolute favourites of all time ( Kanya West, singing " Take On Me, Kristiansand, Norway 05.07.2006 )

- I've been a fan of a-ha since I was 9 years old ( Kanya West, interviewed on TV2 Norway 05.07.2006 )

(Comments taken from The Swing of Things, the official a-ha biography - on Press Forlag, available from the official site www.a-ha.com and newspaper interviews in Norway and the UK )

- Is a-ha really from Norway ? They're fuxxing amazing ! I'm diggen ' em, says Gallagher

- I remember Morten HArket from my youth, me and my buddies thought he was cool. I've been aware of their comeback. It's good to see them again, the vocalist continues. ( Liam Gallagher, Oasis 26.01.2006 )

- " Take On Me " is proabably the best clean cut pop singel of all time. ( Tim Rice-Oxley, Keane in reviewing the all time best pop songs for Q magazine )

- Your music sounds simple, but when you try, it's almost impossible to play. You always have some sort of fxxxing strange chord. We have 3 chords, you guys have 30. ( Chris Martin in Coldplay in conversation with Magne Furuholmen, a-ha's piano player )

Other fans include:

Lady Diana, Princess of Wales
Claudia Schiffer

Posted by Mortyman on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 18:01pm

A-ha definitely is not one hit wonder ! If they are called that way is because some people rather preferr to be ignorant than to learn more!
They have a lot of hits and Take on me was just the begining. If you judge the book by the cover...no comment!

Definitely A-HA deserves a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
They made history! For sure!

Posted by metela on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 04:01am

A-ha is one of the best bands ever! Beside the fact that A-ha is the most important norwegian artist, I think A-ha offered a big source of inspiration for so many others artists. Is a big mistake to think about A-ha as a "one hit wonder". Actually is the biggest mistake and it prooves there are a lot of people who don't have any musical background!
Don't forget The sun always shines on TV, Manhattan skyline, Summer moved on, Forever not yours, just to name a few.
A-ha deserves without any doubt to be on Rock&Roll Hall of fame!

Posted by solace on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 06:46am

a-ha are great. i feel sorry for those who whine about them being one hit-wonders, they're just not, Go back to your coldplay and your white wine and leave a-ha alone.

Posted by steve on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 17:29pm

A-ha is great. They deserve to be in the hall of fame. Their music will be heard long ahead...

Posted by Hector on Friday, 03.16.07 @ 11:39am


Posted by gaby on Saturday, 03.17.07 @ 20:57pm

A-ha is a great group! my aunt have been listening and supporting them since 1985, I'm 11 years old and even so I dont understand how that first message said they are one hit wonders,why? when even me know that they have had several hits in Europe, and I know that the band has getting through years together, so if you last I think you should to be pretty good, like the rolling stones uh?, so I support the idea of A-ha on the hall of fame, they deserve it! such a beautiful songs, the sun always shines on TV it's my fav,.Rodrigo Barboza, Buenos Aires Argentina

Posted by RodrigoBarboza on Friday, 03.23.07 @ 05:42am

Always funny to read that americans consider A-ha one hit wonders..They still hold the record for the biggest paying audience in rock history,in front of almost 200,000 people in Brazil.Nope,not Guns n'Roses or Hendrix..a-ha.One of the most underated bands in my opinion..

Posted by Marc on Thursday, 04.5.07 @ 22:06pm

I agree that a-ha is definitely the greatedst one-hit wonder in the pop history. But I'm sorry former-teeny boppers, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is not for the one-hit wonders, especially when their short-term fame was brought by a commercially successful video, but not by a good song. And in their case, even that video was not their own idea. Why does anyone expect a place in the hall for semi-professional former pinup boys who could not even sing live???

Posted by Caroline on Monday, 04.9.07 @ 08:18am

A-HA is the graetest band I've ever known. You listen to them again and again. Their music is actual for all times... Hunting High and Low, Memorial Beach, Minor Earth Major Sky... I can't remember any front man but for Morten whos voice is pure and strong if you listen to him alive or his records.

Posted by Evgeny on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 11:16am

A-ha have a sustained and inimitable string of hits spanning 20-odd years. Their brand of moving rock and pop music has inspired may of todays artists - in fact they received the Q award's "Inspirational Award" in 2007. Because their first and best known hit was a fun and 'poppy' 80's hit (albeit one of the most genius songs and videos of its kind) they have often been branded one-hit wonders and very seriously mis-understood. Due to their unique style and the influence they have had on so many other artists they should have a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

Posted by Helen on Sunday, 04.15.07 @ 17:18pm

Hey D, why does it matter where the physical "Hall is located? By that logic, you should omit all of the British bands as well. No Beatles, Who, Stones, Kinks, Zeppelin..."

Very Bad analogy....those bands while not FROM the US , but were highly successful in the USA...that is the point. Okay, so lets put in David Hasselhoof....:-)

Putting in A-Ha is a joke

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 07:25am

No, it would not be a joke at all. It won't happen anyway, but it would not be a joke if it did.

You make a good distinction, Anonymous, but that still does not explain why a band has to have success and respect in the U.S. to make it into the Hall. The Hasselhoff comment doesn't make sense if the other criteria for induction were still in place, regardless of success stateside. Hasselhoff wouldn't make it because he did not contribute in innovation, orginality, or influence. On the other hand, you could make arguments that a-ha has done those things, it just hasn't been noticed by the American record buyers, that's all. To me, that is not a good reason to exclude them from at least a serious conversation regarding induction.

Posted by Dezmond on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 10:24am

I agree to an extent....i.e., soccer is the biggest sport in the world, but is marginal in the states. That does not mean that it is not the biggest sport in the world. As for Hasselhoff...I was kidding...he sucks big time. I like A-Ha...but I just do not see A-Ha as a force in shaping rock music...sorry just do not see it....but I can readily admit, unlike others, that I could be wrong...

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 11:17am

Wow...just looked it up...75 million in sales worldwide - that is certainly commercial success. that is impressive....see I am an idiot....

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 11:20am

Anonymous, if you're interested, I would check out their 2000 release "Minor Earth Major Sky". It will really surprise you if all you remember about a-ha is 'Take On Me'.

Posted by Dezmond on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 12:13pm

BTW, ever listen to the band Particle People?

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 05.13.07 @ 12:24pm

Nope. Are they similar?

Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 05.14.07 @ 07:26am

Oh boy, go to Amazon and type in "Launchpad." I listened to it at Borders one day...it is awesome. They are a California based band. They play a lot of live shows, and I believe at this point, only have one album out. It is all instrumental - and it is a mix of rock, jazz, techno, etc. It is incredible stuff. Unbelievably talented.

Here is the Amazon link to copy and paste and you can listen to samples:


Posted by Anon on Monday, 05.14.07 @ 12:29pm

Thanks, I'll check it out. Always looking for new stuff to listen to. I'll return the favor, if you really like great instrumental California bands, check out The Mermen. Ostensibly they are a surf band, but their music is way more sophisticated and interesting to be pigeon-holed into the surf genre. "The Amazing California Health and Happiness Road Show" is their best, but might be hard to find these days. All of their releases have something to offer. Not that this has anything to do with a-ha.

Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 05.14.07 @ 14:12pm

Absolutely incredible band, and well deserving of a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Andrew on Saturday, 09.29.07 @ 09:42am

a-ha are a fantastic band, I am only 21 but have been listening to them since I was born, I have all their albums from 1985 to their last one Analogue, and they are by no means a one-hit wonder, the influence they have made is amazing. Please let a-ha in, they deserve it so much, a truly wonderful and fantastic band.

Posted by Claire on Wednesday, 10.10.07 @ 16:15pm

<<I really think that Bryan Adams should get in. He is one of the most talented singers ever. With hits like "Summer of 69", "Heaven", "Cuts Like a Knife", and "(EveryThing I Do) I Do for You". He is one of the greatest artists of all time. I can't believe they can pass him over.>>

I know I am going to regret asking, but what does this have to do with A-Ha? Was Bryan Adams a member at one obscure point? Or did someone just leave their comment on the wrong board?

Posted by Joe on Sunday, 12.30.07 @ 12:59pm

They were not a one hit wonder in the us.
Take on me- number 1
the sun always shines on tv- 20
Those are both in top 40 so, um everyone is wrong.
Also, I got into them for their james bond song "the living daylights" considered to be one of the best bond songs usually number two. Number one in always duran duran.

Posted by Danny on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 22:42pm

Not a bad group, but HOF material? I don't know. I do agree with the fact that Rock & Roll isn't limited to the States, but if that were the case ABBA should be inducted too. They sold more albums than just about anybody.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 01.27.08 @ 10:24am

In my opinion A-ha is the greatest band of all time and are just as deserving, if not more so than anyone else in the running. Take On Me may have been the song that introduced their music to me and most of the US, but, they have some of the best songs I have ever listened to, and to me when a group makes music that you can listen to over and over again and be left wanting more....now that's a group that deserves the Hall of Fame!

Posted by bharris on Friday, 02.22.08 @ 07:35am

I agree that Take On Me and the video that went along with it were excellent songs. And the lead singer sure can hit some serious notes, but I have to go along with Terry on this. I am not sure if their career is worthy of a HoF nod.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 02.22.08 @ 08:55am

Well, their music has been around now for 20 plus years. They never really took a break from music even though they all persued different music avenues though not together, Savoy being a perfect example. Morten has done so much by himself while being apart from the other guys, and Mags while taking the back seat in the music world, has been very active with other bands and his art.
So do they deserve to be inducted?
You bet your ass! I'm hoping that they come to the States and kick the proverbial American butt!

Posted by britbomb on Friday, 02.22.08 @ 23:02pm

I guess I don't understand your point...be more specific!! I haven't heard ANYTHING from A-Ha for 20 years, and that's who we're talking about, right? Individually, I've never heard of the other guys. If they had such a great thing going, they should've kept it up, because I thought they were pretty good...but they just disappeared. They didn't make that big of an impact....to me they were one hit wonders, and by that I mean top 10 HITS.

Posted by Terry on Saturday, 02.23.08 @ 05:32am

Everyone on here who's directing all this negativity at a-ha for being a 'one hit wonder' needs to READ THIS unless you just can't accept defeat. a-ha is an amazing band. Morten, the lead singer, has like an 8 octave vocal range, set a world record with a 20.2 second long note on "Summer Moved On", an a-ha single from 2000. He's also released excellent solo material written by him, with another album on the way soon. Magne, the keyboardist, is also extremely artistic and has his own solo career. What's more he paints and his work has been exhibited worldwide. Paul, the guitarist, has also released work with his own band called Savoy, and he's written some of a-ha's best songs.

By the way, a-ha are Grammy nominated, won 8 Video Music Awards, held a free concert in Brazil in 1989 where 250,000 people turned up, then held another one in 1991 in the same location where about 198,000 people showed up, and it was a PAYING CONCERT. I know right, one hit wonders sell 198,000 tickets ALL the time. They've had countless hits all around the world, and continue to be relevant, successful, and inspire a new crop of talented artists like Coldplay, all while keeping their integrity intact. Critics and other musicians ADORE a-ha. By the way, to Caroline or whatever your name is, a-ha perform excellently live. I don't know what performances you've seen.

I basically just served you all who think they're some 80's bubblegum throwaway pop. But it's nice to see most people commenting here are educated and open minded enough to realise that the US isn't the only country on the planet.

Posted by Frederik on Sunday, 03.9.08 @ 00:05am

a-ha, quite simply, are the most underrated band in musical history. It makes me laugh that some people think they are one-hit wonders. The US has been missing out on some of the best pop music of the past 20 years.

Posted by Mark J on Sunday, 03.9.08 @ 06:18am

Frederik...you're confusing negativity with fact. A-Ha just never got a lot of exposure in the states outside of "Take On Me", which I thought was a very good song. Why didn't they tour more here? If you only have one big hit here and then go away, John Q. Public will forget you...that's just the way it goes. They didn't get any airplay (except for "Take On Me"), and MTV eventually forgot what the "M" stood for in their moniker.

By the way, the highest recorded octave range by a male was 6 octaves, and it wasn't A-ha's lead singer. You did get the "longest held note" part right though. I don't think they put people in the HoF for how long they can hold a note, though...

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.9.08 @ 08:33am

Madonna got in, so I read today.
Anyone ever see her performance of Take on me on Saturday Night live ?

Posted by Claudia on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 17:08pm

@ Terry, if you ask me top 10 hits should be irrelevant when choosing inductees. Just because someone has successful music doesn't make them deserving of a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Besides this isn't something reserved for American bands, because America is one country, one of few really, where a-ha haven't been successful. But like I said success doesn't matter, a-ha make incredible music with great lyrics, vocals, production, etc. and are successful at the same time. So they're the whole package. Anyway, I'd love to see them inducted, it would be good exposure in the States. And if you haven't heard anything from them in the last 25 years, go to their website www.a-ha.com and look at their discography. By the way, as for their UK chart history, go to www.everyhit.com and do a search for "a-ha" (You need to include the dash in the name and all that, everyhit.com is really bad about not turning up search results if so much as one letter is off.)

Posted by Frederik on Thursday, 03.13.08 @ 17:46pm

Frederik...A-Ha seemed to me like they were going to take off in the states...don't know what happened. I liked what I heard, and you have to remember that the United States accounts foir about 30-40% of total sales. I'm more of an innovator-influence kind of guy when it comes to induction...which that video was definitely something different at the time.

As far as the quality of the band, I did like what I heard initially...just wasn't a lot more afterwards. As far as the HoF not being "just American", I'm in total agreement...I'm not sure the nominating committee is!

Thanks for responding...I'm definitely going to give them a listen.

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 03.13.08 @ 18:29pm

@ Terry, if you don't mind my asking, could we continue this discussion through email or Yahoo IM or something?

Posted by Frederik on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 05:45am

On a world scale A-Ha is undeniably huge.

But in the United States their luck ran out on November 9, 1985 when they were lampooned by Madonna in a performance of Take on Me on Saturday Night Live. Once you're the butt of a skit on SNL your days of being taken seriously are over. (Rightly or wrongly)

Posted by SG on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 00:02am

They are worthy! They the best! They are unique!

Posted by Julia on Thursday, 03.20.08 @ 05:35am

As an American who became familiar with A-Ha from their first U.S. hit and followed them since, there is nothing "one-hit-wonder" caliber about this group. Their music has been complicated, progressive and has influenced countless groups.

As a classically trained orchestral musician who performed under Bernstein, Ozawa, etc, and played principal french horn on several premiered known modern works, I'm at least as critical as the next guy on groups that are not innovative. For A-Ha, that's an accusation that could only be made by someone with no musical aptitude. Instead, they suffered a fate in the US that many innovators face.

Listen to parts of Mahler's 9th, Bruckner's 7th (and more known 9th), Shostakovich 11, etc. and you'll hear John Williams. I was horrified to hear a friend mention "yea, that stuff is ok, but the dude copies the Star Wars stuff" when playing Mahler. Innovators are blessed with a vision of hearing the future, but are equally cursed with the fact that very few others can appreciate it (at least until they're long gone).

Depeche Mode and A-Ha are two giants in that category, with an entire futurepop generation and countless other groups like Coldplay that are rooted in the sound they innovated.

southwest iowa, usa

Posted by redherkey on Wednesday, 04.2.08 @ 21:40pm

Wonderful video they did. Probably not enough for the HOF.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 05.13.08 @ 12:54pm

I think the problem is that the HoF is mostly driven by what is popular in the US. So while a-ha SHOULD be recognized for their worldwide success and contribution to the music scene (as was done in the UK when they received Q Magazine's Inspiration Award in 2006), realistically speaking, they probably won't be.

Unfortunately, in N. America they have only had 1 #1 hit and 1 #20 hit. On a worldwide scale, they have had multiple #1s and top 10 hits throughout the years. They are most definitely not considered one hit wonders in the rest of the world and have had multiple world wide tours, exclusive of N. America (I'm speaking of Europe, S. America, AND Asia). They have 8 studio albums ranging from 1985's "Hunting High and Low" to 2005's "Analogue". They are currently working on their 9th studio album. They also have produced several live albums, several compilation albums, and several videos/DVDs.

If you are interested in learning more about what they have been doing over the last 23 years, I recommend checking out their website at www.a-ha.com.

Posted by hope on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 12:24pm

They had good songs, and definately have a chance, but I don't see them THAT good to make it. They are great, but not godly.

Posted by RKSO on Saturday, 09.20.08 @ 20:07pm

should a-ha be inducted into the rock 'n' roll hall of fame?..
...it doesn't matter. the rock 'n' roll hall of fame is a U.S. institution that isn't worth ANYTHING...

Posted by lee Stephenson on Saturday, 11.1.08 @ 07:17am

A-ha should be included in the rock and roll hall of the fame for a lot of reasons: 1)they have created great songs; 2) they have displayed different music styles; 3) they have perdured for most of 25 years in the music world; 4) they have influenced bands such as coldplay, keane, travis, the delays, sigur ros, mew,......and the best band in the world, radiohead, is so similar to a-ha....(at least in their famous and acclaimed albums: the bends and OK computer...).
Vote yes, is a question of reasoning and justice.

Posted by emilio on Saturday, 11.1.08 @ 13:53pm

I am 39 years old and have been an A-ha fan ever since seeing "Take on Me" for the first time when it was released om MTV....I have every CD that they have ever made but have never seen the group perform in concert other than what I have seen on YouTube...it sickens me to see comments from people who have never taken the time to sit back and listen to the creative, masterful voices that the band has in each song and album. I am hoiping to see them in concert before I die and that is sad to say but seeing that they will never come to the states to perform I guess I will never get that chance. If any one has info in regards to a concert that might be close to the states or of some upcoming event that is a 1 night only gig please e-mail me......I really would like to have they opportunity to see them in person if given the chance!!!! Thanks and by the way.....A-ha is and always be my favorite band of all times!!!
Thanks =) and Go Gators

Posted by chuck on Saturday, 01.3.09 @ 18:08pm

a-ha is a good bad, I like them. "Take On Me" is one of my favorite songs by them.

Posted by David on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 16:16pm

One hit wonder? NEVER!
They are very famous in Europe and in lot of other countries (south America, Asia,Africa) even if they are not known in the USA. Two Songs of the last Album "Analogue" were in the Top ten of the UK Single charts(2006). In Germany and other European Countries they get for every Album release a Gold or Platinum record. The Tour History (official Homepage) shows their activities in the last 10 years.
June 2009 is the release of the 9th Album "Foot of the mountain" and they go on world tour this year. Here you can hear the new single "Foot of the mountain"


Some Tour Dates

Nov 2, 2009 NIA Birmingham, UK
Nov 3, 2009 MEN Arena Manchester, UK
Nov 4, 2009 O2 Arena London, UK

The Official Community of A-HA

For the USA Fans : On 12 sept. 2005 A-ha performed in Irving Plaza, New York

Posted by Alara on Wednesday, 05.6.09 @ 10:38am

How on earth can you call a-ha a "One hit wonder". They have remained popular to the mainstream throughout Europe since the album "Hunting High and Low". In 1993 they broke the record for biggest attendance at a single artist paying concert at the Maracana stadium, which they still hold to this day. They have over 36 million record sales, number one in 27 countries and will be releasing their 9th studio album in June. I think to call them a one hit wonder is an insult to the talent of these three Norwegians pop genius's.

Morten Harket is still one of pops most talented male vocalists FACT and the song writing of Pal Savoy and Mags is deep and soulful. I could throw facts and figures about a-ha round here all day, but they deserve much better recognition than they get.

Posted by Jonathan Boyd on Sunday, 05.31.09 @ 08:09am

Jonathan Boyd...your question about A-Ha is getting back to demographics. If you've lived in the states for the last 25 years or so, then your point of view is probably that they only had one hit of any relevence.

If you lived in Europe, then it's probably a different story...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.31.09 @ 08:23am

Actually, Paul McCartney holds that distinction (highest paid attendance at a rock concert...about 184,000) at that same venue in Rio. Also, 3.5 million people saw Rod Stewart at Copacabana Beach, 750,000 saw Garth Brooks in Central Park, and over 500,000 saw Simon & Garfunkel in the same place, so those numbers dwarf highest "paid" attendance considerably. Led Zeppelin and Garth Brooks' attendance records for a series of concerts at one venue are enormous (not a big Brooks fan, but that run he had in the 90's was mind-boggling), so anything A-Ha did probably pales in comparison...anywhere in the world.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.31.09 @ 08:44am

...and please, let's not add any more "geniuses" to rock music!!! The list (according to people on this site) is starting to look like a Mensa convention...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.31.09 @ 08:52am

Gitarzan - I think you need to improve your research, dear.

The facts and figures you lifted appear to be from askmen.com.

Rod Stewart's concert included people who happened to be on Copacabana Beach - which I believe makes it FREE and questionable in terms of how many people were there to see him.

Simon and Garfield - FREE.

Garth Brooks was a FREE series of concerts.

Now A-ha's claim is the largest ever FREE paying audience.


Wiki answers has it as A-ha - but I agree that is not an authority.

Yours lovingly,


Posted by Zippy on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 17:42pm

Zippy...hate to burst your bubble, but I KNOW those concerts were free (still mind-boggling numbers, though), and Paul McCartney's record can be found in Guinness, I believe. I don't hold Wiki in high regard as far as bonafide facts go.

...what exactly is a "FREE paying concert", anyway? Has to be one or the other, I would think...

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 19:25pm

I have been an a-ha fan since 1985 when Hunting High and Low came out. I know that a-ha is no one hit wonder even though I am an American. I have almost every album that they have put out. I love to share their music with friends and family. I can't wait for Foot of the Mountain to be released. I just wish that they would do a mini tour of the US! I have seen them in concert once in Fredrickstad, Norway (was a-hawesome!!!!!)and I wish I could see them again!!!!
I am sure that more US fans wish that the music industry would sit up and take notice of a-ha's music. They have quite a following of loyal fans.

Posted by Zebragal on Wednesday, 06.10.09 @ 12:28pm

A-ha is a band that continues to grow, change and challenge the status quo of pop-rock. Check out more recent albums like "Analogue" and "Minor Earth, Major Sky." Vocalist Morton Harket has influenced many of today's most notable singers, including Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Tom Chaplin of Keane and Chris Martin of Coldplay. While they are huge internationally, their lack of recognition here in the US has to do more with MTV deciding to ban the video for the follow-up song to "Take on Me," a track called "The Sun Always Shines on TV". Even still it climbed its way into Billboard's top 40, as did the much later "Dark is the Night"

Posted by Gabatxo on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 01:37am

This is wonderful! One hit blunders (as far as US is concern) get's nominated!!??

Love A ha but they have not been relevant in the US music scene for hall of sham thingie since the 80's but why not!! that's what this RnR hall of flame is all about!! get those artist nominated cuz' they got connection lol..

Seriously Depeche Mode should be in before any of the 80's electronic acts!

Posted by Bolshoi on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 14:41pm

Just to be clear....a-ha broke McCartney's record in the guiness book for largest paying audience. They had 195,000 paying audience. This was officially declared in the Guiness Books at the time. I'm not sure if anyone has over taken that accomplishment recently though.

I agree that Depeche Mode should also be inducted.

Posted by Hope on Wednesday, 07.22.09 @ 10:10am

a-ha are best band ever they are many songs great not only Take on me , and last album Foot of the mountain was #1 in Germany and Top sells in Norge , Russia and UK ...
this band have success like : The sun always shines , hunting high and law , i ve been losing you , manhattan skyline , stay on these roads , you are the one , dark is the night , shapes that go together , crying in the raing , early morning , minor earth major sky , velvet , lifelines , the sun never shone that day , forever not yours , time and again , foot of the mountain summer moved on riding the crest , what there is , etc many songs great !!
only see their in this link:

Posted by jerry on Friday, 07.31.09 @ 09:46am

Sadly in USA didn't know all the greatest songs of this amazing band... I think that's a good idea to have great bands on the 'Hall of Fame'

Posted by Brujis on Friday, 07.31.09 @ 10:17am

How are A-ha getting so many votes?

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.31.09 @ 15:34pm

I think a-ha belongs to the hall of fame. They've been around for 25 years, they are still touring and selling their albums and have been influential on groups such as Coldplay, U2, Keane. It's true that Take on me has been massive back in the 80s (and still is). However, considering a-ha a one-hit wonder is just nonsense. People who say that should know they have already released their 9th studio album and will go on tour at the end of 2009 and also during 2010.

Posted by Gabriela on Friday, 07.31.09 @ 16:28pm

Don't get me wrong...I think they're an okay band, but we're talking about possible induction into the R&R Hall of Fame here (which they will never get in). People have constantly been spouting "innovation" and "influence", with no viable reference (by the way, saying U2 was influenced by them is ridiculous, since U2 has been around considerably longer).

As for "international acclaim", the U.S.A. is part of the "international music scene" (if not the most important part, pretty close). That being said, in the U.S.A. a-ha is a "one hit wonder"...period. It would've been a good idea for them to keep something established in the states to have overall "international acclaim"...

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.31.09 @ 17:05pm

A-HA, the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ignadyne on Friday, 07.31.09 @ 17:43pm

Geez...I rest my case!!! Would you mind enlightening us as to "WHY"????

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.31.09 @ 17:58pm

a-ha should be in! one reason is they make music for 25 years and they are very succesful. people all over the world listen to a-ha. with "take on me" they changed a lot about music videos.

and gitarzan, the us-market may be important but its definatly not the most important part.

Posted by anni on Saturday, 08.1.09 @ 15:47pm

anni...going by the "criteria", what makes A-ha HoF worthy? Innovation, influence, and perpetuation of the artform...be specific. Funny thing about that video...I never saw anyone else use that format.

Also, if the U.S. isn't the single most important music market, then who is...???

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.1.09 @ 15:57pm

tacky band
tacky songs

Posted by akeem on Saturday, 08.1.09 @ 16:02pm

no i don't think a-ha was one hit wounders they have great music and been around for nearly 25 years i think they should be there

Posted by majorbea on Sunday, 08.2.09 @ 14:38pm


Disco, disco duck
Got to have me a woman
Disco, disco duck
Oh, get down, mama
Try your luck, don't be a cluck, disco
Disco, disco duck
All right
Disco, disco duck

Posted by Mr. T on Sunday, 08.2.09 @ 16:11pm

Citing A-Ha as being influential on Coldplay would be a great example of a reason NOT to induct them.

Posted by Bart on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 12:04pm


Posted by Alex Lopez on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 14:04pm

a-ha did break Sir Pauls record because they played to an audience of 195,000 people at the Maracana stadium and the record is a "Single artist paying concert".

U2 have cited a-ha to be influential. Adam Clayton said "a-ha was always a rather misunderstood band. They were looked at as a group for teen aged girls, but in reality they were a very creative band" and when Keane heard U2's beautiful days they said "the part where Bono sings 'touch me' we thought immediately that it sounded just like a-ha" U2 have admitted it is a nod to the sun always shines on TV. Michael Jackson invited a-ha to Neverland to discuss working together which they turned down (much the their regret they admit). And Michael Jackson for a time owned the rights to some of a-ha's material - I dont know what it was and to what extent but it came up in a recent interview with a-ha. Also Prince wanted to work with them during the 80's

a-ha are certainly not given the credit they deserve by the general public. Up until 2004 they had played 409 concerts in 31 countries. Received 8 MTV awards. 9 Studio albums, 2 greatest hits, a live album, a greatest hits dvd, concert dvd of valhalla in Norway, concert video of their record breaking gig in South America. Sold 30m+ albums and 40m+ singles. Been 1st place over 12 times on the album best selling charts worldwide. Had 14 Uk top ten singles. In total 63+ first places on the charts over 27 countries. 32 official singles, 14 of which being number 1 on radio charts. So to call them a one hit wonder is very very short sighted.

If the rock and roll hall of fame is based purely on the American perception of a band, then I understand and agree if they were not considered. But my point is that it cant be denied that a-ha were and still are a much bigger band than most are aware and have had a considerable influence on the new generation of artists (Keane, Robbie Williams, Kanye West, Noel Gallagher, Coldplay, The Darkness to name a few).

Check out their new album "Foot of the Mountain" it debuted at number 5 in the UK and was the highest entry this week and it is a VERY good album. Dark synths, melancholy and great melodies. Also their second album "Scoundrel Days" is recognised by Q magazine as being a gem.

On the subject of influences.... People think Madonna started the ripped jeans style in the 80s, nope......it was Morten Harket by sheer accident prior to going on stage when he caught his jeans on an amp.

Posted by Jonathan Boyd on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 14:51pm

A-ha have always been the band with 'That video' or the guys with cheek bones or the Norse Gods who landed from every other Scandinavian country but the one they truely hailed from- Norway.
They have put up with a slot of scepticism amd pretty boy status but the fact that they have stayed in the charts for over 25 years is testimony to them and their fans who have grown up with them and suffered their anguish too along the way.
A-ha have been mentioned by many current successful bands as mentors and influencers- Bans such as Keane and Coldplay hold them in high regard and similarities in music composition are there to be heard- often when hearing Keane or Coldplay I have to listen hard for Mortens lyrical genius shining through. And Pal is a true story teller in his music as is Magne of his ability to co write and write music.
A-ha will always be seen as the Nordic band - the fact they are not English some reason to mock and not take seriously. It is testimony to their fans that they remain held in high regard as part of an 80's culture and childhood but also that they remain so vermantley loved and believed in. A-ha helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life. Their music soothed me when it needed too. Therefore A-ha whether or not they reah the Hall of Fame. Will remain in the hearts of all they touched for life and no accolade can be cast or put upon such an honour. Proud to be an A-ha- always have , always will. Good Luck boys :)

Posted by Rachel on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 15:30pm

Oh my GOD!!! "Take On Me" is a one hit wonder and it's not even innovative.

No way!!!

Honestly, "Take on Me" is the only song I've known from them, nothing else.

Posted by akeem on Monday, 08.3.09 @ 16:29pm


Posted by sookie on Wednesday, 08.5.09 @ 11:20am

A-ha currently holds two records; the first is the largest paying audience to attend a concert in Brazil with over 250,000 people. The second record is over 3 million radio airplays in the US for "Take on me" which is amazing. Those of you who are putting down A-ha don't have a clue how good their body of work is. Not to mention the fact that they have sold something like 20 million albums world- wide. That to me demands induction!!!

Posted by Donna S on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 12:55pm

First of all, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin" by the Righteous Bros. has been played over 8 MILLION TIMES..."Take On Me" is not anywhere close to that...as a matter of fact, I didn't see that song on the list of over 3 million airplays, and the list above that is enormous.

Secondly, the only thing that 20 million album sales worldwide screams is "ordinary", considering there are a lot over 100 million (and some artists who sold 20 million of ONE album!!!).

The stuff you're talking about isn't even criteria for induction, and it doesn't bode well for you even knowing what you're talking about. In one instance, you're talking about paid attendance to ONE concert, and your radio airplay claim was ridiculous. Who have the influenced, and how have they been innovative...???

A-Ha... One Hit Wonder!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 17:51pm

Just to address the 'who have the(y) influenced' from above... see prior post above from 03.14.07 - Posted by Mortyman. Nice collection of the answers to your question. It would be nice to see a-ha inducted into the hall of fame, but honestly... I'm kind of glad it's not a real option for them. I kind of like having my little secret of knowing and enjoying the most talented band around for all these many years. People outside the U.S. seem to get it, mainly because they were allowed to get it... it's ashame that didn't happen here in the States. But I searched themt out, I didn't surcume to the spoon-fed music that gets churned out on U.S. radio. Open your mind, search out real music that speaks to you and that really moves you. That's what a-ha's music has done for me over the years and will continue to do so. Thankfully.

Posted by Lisa D. on Tuesday, 12.29.09 @ 11:36am

One Hit Wonder...

NO, never...

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 07:06am

Hmmmm.... Gotta say no on this one. Had this been the European Rock Hall of Fame, i would say sure (though not on a first ballot). Having said that, the lack of respect they get here is a little befuddling as this was really a powerhouse in Europe and certainly not the one hit wonder people think they are. Still a no vote from me but not a harsh no. Saw my new obsession, notinhalloffame.com rank them low too. Also very low on rateitall.com Both lower than they should be, but low nevertheless.

Posted by The_Avenger on Sunday, 03.21.10 @ 11:50am

OK first of all they had take on me@number 1 and sun always shines on tv 2hits then they were the only white band on soul train?4th the living daylights?cold as stone?summer moved on was a huge uk hit..YES THERES LIFE OUTSIDE AMERICA???
AND IM a us american

Posted by rockondon on Friday, 04.23.10 @ 06:21am

Leaving a band out because of little sucess in America is stupid, their's plenty of great bands who had no sucess in america.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 05.11.10 @ 14:22pm

I have read the majority of the comments posted on this page. Very interesting. If A-ha makes it to the Hall of Fame, congratulations to them! If they don't, I'm sure they would not be crying over spoiled milk. They are considered to be international artists. They've conquered the world, achieved ultimate success and fame not because of what you would consider a "one hit wonder" - Take On Me. If A-ha would have failed miserably around the globe, then I would say they are a one-hit wonder. We must remember that music took another direction in the late 80's & 90's. Talented bands got replaced for heavy metal, rap, club and techno music. Nothing wrong if you like escapism or partying to music, but the new direction stopped people from exploring other forms of music. Whenever there is a change in the mainstream, we have a tendency to put it down whether it sounds good or not. The music industry in the past was for true talent, but now its money and politics.
I've been listening to this band for 25 years and have been to their concerts. Their music is very unique and powerful in all levels. As I say, different strokes for different folks. You can love A-ha or hate them but their achievement in music speaks louder than words. The Rock and Roll Fame to me is a way of saying that we recognize & honor you on a piece of paper for the world to see that you have been accepted in the United States. That is not touching to me. What I consider to be touching is that I've touched and reached the masses through my music everywhere than not at all.
So here's to you A-ha if selected, if not you are and will always be a LEGEND to the masses!

Posted by Lana4ever on Tuesday, 06.1.10 @ 09:52am

Ive seen a-ha 31 times from 88-2006, one word" class" . . . Love you boys,gonna miss the magic

Posted by Alun harris on Sunday, 06.13.10 @ 17:07pm

Ive seen a-ha 31 times from 88-2006, one word" class" . . . Love you boys,gonna miss the magic

Posted by Alun harris on Sunday, 06.13.10 @ 17:08pm

A-HA is the best band, no one hit .... A-HA PERU!!!

Posted by martinmorten on Wednesday, 08.25.10 @ 17:39pm

To those wondering why A-ha disappeared from awareness in the US (and im surprised nobody mentioned this):

"..I was especially intrigued with what he explained as the band's conscious decision to not pursue success in America. "It was a very strange choice to make, to decide between North America and the rest of the world," he said, "because we couldn't look after both. And looking after North America meant moving here." In fact, main songwriter Paul Waaktaar-Savoy did move to New York, and lobbied unsuccessfully for Harket and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen to come here as well. "The regrettable part of it was to, in many ways, to let down so many people that had worked, believing in us here, and being right about it.... But after that, there was - what can you tell anyone? We've chosen not to do it. And then to have a lukewarm continuation here, is not very interesting to anyone."


Posted by amon on Saturday, 09.11.10 @ 15:53pm

I wouldn't bee too bothered if a-ha got in. Yes, they werne't the first, or most sucessful new wave act, but not every artist i nthe hall is a groundbreaking massive group. a-ha have got the commercial sucess on their side, they have sold 75 million records and are norway's most sucessful band. But, I can't see it happening myself.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 10.25.10 @ 13:17pm

A-HA is one of the best bands around. Morten Harkets voice is incredable. He has an unbelieveable key range. As far as one hit wonder's...A-HA is everything but that. I suggest going on youtube and watch the video's of their concert in Oslo Norway. You can watch the whole concert there. Its called "Homecoming" at the Vallhall venue.It is one of the best concerts I have ever seen.Not only is their music great..their lyrics are so appealing and somewhat romantically haunting.Its too bad that they broke up. Take on me..the sun always shines on TV...cry wolf...the living daylights...hunting high and low..were all hits in the states. So to call them one hit wonders is a joke..So recognize them and put them in the hall of fame they definatly deserve the recognition...

Posted by A.J. on Thursday, 12.9.10 @ 13:39pm

A-ha should definatly be included as they are a fantastic band who should be highly commended for all of their wonderful music. They are one of the best bands EVER

Posted by Vanessa on Thursday, 05.12.11 @ 04:57am

A-ha are legends. 'Take on me' was just 'the foot of the mountain' for them. 'Hunting high and low' for fame A-ha went through 'Scoundrel days' to gain success. fighting to 'Stay on these roads' they followed their 'Lifelines' and gave us great music for over 25 years. LONG LIVE A-HA

Posted by Sean K on Thursday, 05.12.11 @ 17:07pm

Success in the US charts is irrelevant, the US charts is full of utter shit. Anybody that know anything about music knows that a-ha are incredible talented and successful musicians. How many artists have done a James Bond theme song? And if a-ha were a one-hit wonder in 1985 why did the Bond film producers recognise them as the artists they wanted to record the Bond theme song in 1987...? Seriously anybody that says a-ha is a one-hit wonder is either a) stupid, b) ignorant or c) both. The US can keep Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, Europe and the rest of the world will stick with a-ha.

Posted by Mark on Friday, 05.13.11 @ 07:23am

The US can keep Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, Europe and the rest of the world will stick with a-ha.

Posted by Mark on Friday, 05.13.11 @ 07:23am

please don't include asia with your a-ha crap

Posted by akeem on Friday, 05.13.11 @ 07:33am

After 20 years, a-ha still hold the impressive world record of the largest paying audience in a concert with 198000 people in Rock in Rio Festival 1991 (Guinness Book of World Records).

Posted by Isa (Brazil) on Monday, 05.16.11 @ 13:50pm

Schlock and Schmaltz

Posted by Xdc1 on Friday, 05.20.11 @ 06:39am

Influence: I;d say a-ha had some influence on new wave revival groups, but over all not alot. 10%
Innovation: Another standard new wave band. 0%
COmmercial Sucess: Definetly. 20%
Critical Respect: Apart from Take On Me critics don't really rate any of their stuff.

30%, the hall can d owithout.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 09.18.11 @ 15:47pm

I'm from America & I say YES they deserve to be in the R & R Hall Of Fame!! The badmouthing of the American Music Industry is justified (it's history of blackballing popular world bands), however, badmouthing American music listeners that have have NO IDEA that this band is one of the top bands of all time worldwide because they are kept in the dark is not right. Sorry! Find a new way to bash American people. As for Aha, their first 3 albums alone have entertained the whole world enough to guarantee their spot in the Rock & Roll HOF. If not,if Britain or some other country would like to have their own Rock Hall of Fame, I would back it 100%!

Posted by Ken on Friday, 09.30.11 @ 00:03am

yes,they realy deserved it!! Im only 20 years and Im always searching for good music and a month ago a discovered this band,and my ears recognized at list 10 well known songs from them that I must have listened in my childhood whithout knowing the band.I have to say that they are very creative and realy an inspiration! and to those who think they are a one hit wonder,open your minds and look for their songs! .rosario,argentina!

Posted by daiana on Wednesday, 10.19.11 @ 00:59am

I can't believe all the ignorance on this group. Claiming a-ha couldn't sing live, when in fact Morten Harket has been a master vocalist since his teens, and they have played in so many rock festivals, and have released at least two live albums, that is priceless. Claiming that they are a standard new wave band is also incredible. For some reason their popularity dropped in the USA soon after their first hit. When they got their Guinnes World record for largest paying audience ever, in Brazil, they reported that MTV interviewed virtually all the other acts but them. The roperters wanted to talk to a-ha, who then in 1991 had far more paying visitors at the festival than Prince, George Michael and Guns'n'Roses, but their bosses wouldn't let them. The band was hugely disappointed by breaking the world record and nobody noticing. Not so long after a-ha stopped releasing their records in the USA, and they didn't tour there. So they enjoyed huge success everywhere else, but in the USA they were virtualy nonexistant. No wonder americans wrongly believe they are a one hit wonder, or that they weren't very mucially innovative, since most of the records recommended here weren't even released in the USA. I don't knwo why that happened, it might have something to do with the american press, or perhaps the record company, I don't know. But it's not the American listeners fault. It's no reason keep the out of the hall of fame, and absolutely no reason to badmouth the american listeners, as Ken says. It is not their fault!

Posted by Balthazar on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 13:19pm

a-ha is a standard new wave band though. don't get me wrong, they are great but they don't really deserve induction.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 14:30pm

A-ha would be great if the lyrics were interesting. In comparsion to S. America's Artists, this band's music is melodical. Nevertheless, it is not bearable the lyrics (and that's all).

Posted by D.K. on Thursday, 03.29.12 @ 17:07pm

A-ha would be great if the lyrics were interesting. In comparsion to S. America's Artists, this band's music is melodical. Nevertheless, it is not bearable the lyrics (and that's all).

Posted by D.K. on Thursday, 03.29.12 @ 17:07pm

I don't believe the commentor above understands what a ONE HIT WONDER means... It is a singer or band that makes it big with 1 huge song.. Most of the time it is only 1, and then totally dissappears from doing ANY major Tours... And ends up on the WHERE ARE THEY NOW list! LOL! A-ha is hands and hands with U2! Crying in the rain is my absolute favorite of theirs!

Posted by Lara on Wednesday, 04.4.12 @ 18:45pm

Incredibly gifted band but lack of success in the US will hurt their chances.

Posted by Paul on Thursday, 04.12.12 @ 16:02pm

Чтоб не сдохли 2 старых Шарика зайдите люди добрые

Posted by DeanSF on Sunday, 06.17.12 @ 00:40am

I think that they deserve to be there because they have one of the best music video ever created: Take on me. They also broke a world record in Rock in Rio II, which obviously was ignored. Many Americans will say no, because a-ha's music wasn't listened to in the US, but elsewhere they are viewed as great musicians. In Summer Moved On, Morten held the note for 20.2 seconds! That really shows what a talented singer he is. Putting them in the rock and roll hall of fame would really honor the hard work they've done after being ignored for so long.

Posted by Sandy on Thursday, 07.5.12 @ 20:45pm

IF the only song you know is TAKE ON ME : then listen to their biggest hits:

and they had TWO hits in american hot 100 so thei arent oficially one hit onders

Posted by Paul on Sunday, 08.19.12 @ 09:43am

they have THREE hits in the hot 100,and TWO of them made the top 40 reaching n1 and n20! HOW IS THAT A ONE HIT WONDER?..im not even counting their multiple hits around the REST of the world,many of wich include the uk.

Posted by d on Monday, 09.3.12 @ 23:48pm

From a musical aspect they definetly should be inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. However, thats not going to happen unfortunately. The reason is lack of enduring success in the US. And the reasons for that are a)due to family reasons A-ha chose not to tour the US following their number 1 Hit Take on Me in the Billboard chart oct 1985 and b)they were banned from MTV (fu..idiots)for the same reason and c)the 1988 album was a good album but lacked a blockbuster hit. During their almost 30 years career they have made a lot of epic songs, they have influenced a lot of bands, they have a distinct sound that is recognizable the moment you hear an Aha song (also due to the amazing voice of vocalist Morten Harket) and they have enjoyed big commercial success all over the world (over 40 mill albums sold/30 mill singles and Guiness world record for biggest paying audience ever - Rock in Rio 1991 with 196000), albeit not in the US. Since they never really broke through in the US they will never be inducted. Shame and pity.

Posted by RockinRio91 on Wednesday, 07.3.13 @ 16:19pm

Typical arrogance ...... 30 million albums, 30 million singles , admired & praised from U2 to Coldplay.... amazing songwriters , UNBELIEVABLE lead singer......sold HALF A MILLION copies of their final album Foot of the Mountain in 2009 !!!!!!!! How many bands can say that 25 YEARS AFTER THEIR FIRST ALBUM CAME OUT - WOW

Posted by heavygman on Saturday, 08.2.14 @ 13:29pm

Since a-ha are not a so-called "one-hit-wonder" but made music for more than 25 years I just highly recommend all of their albums to anyone, who did not listen to them until now. If quality of music is an important aspect to be induced to the hall of fame, a-ha should have been there already for ages. Inventing something new they did not? I don't believe the writer of such comment since the day I had seen the video for "Take On Me" for the first time of my life. That's now approx. 29 years ago. Commercial success is when an artists is able to fill the Maracana Stadium while the concert is not for free. So a-ha did. And besides all of that there is no need to speak about the voice of Morten Harket, just listen to their albums and find out by yourself. What critics say about their music I've read a lot, and mostly very positive. Holding a high note for more than 20 seconds, which pop singer does? Whose voice is able to sing over 4 (or maybe 5) octaves? Whose hits are known all over the world for more 20 years? [If you don't know them, it does not mean that your fellow-countryman does not know them. There are a lot of a-ha fans from US, for example, who I know]. Sorry to oppose the negative comments, but I had a listen to the above mentioned and highly recommended albums. Thus I'd vote to induce a-ha into the hall of fame.

Posted by a-ha.k. on Friday, 03.13.15 @ 04:02am

Has anyone mentioned the record for a paying audience of 198,000 people? Surely that many people cannot be wrong?

Posted by Brett on Thursday, 08.20.15 @ 21:26pm

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