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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 80´s 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
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!
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!
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
A-HA...THE BEST BAND FOR EVER..A-HA, A-HA, FOR EVER A-HA. PLEASE A-HA ON ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME... THEY ARE THE BEST FOR ALL THE TIME ... GABY FROM MEXICO
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 don´t 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..."
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.
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.
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.>>
Posted by Joe on Sunday, 12.30.07 @ 12:59pm
They were not a one hit wonder in the us.
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.
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.
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.
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.9.08 @ 08:33am
Madonna got in, so I read today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?..
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...).
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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!!??
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.
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 ...
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).
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.
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.
Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.1.09 @ 15:57pm
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
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
SERIOUSLY A-HA SHOULD DEFINITELY BE PUT ON THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. THEY HAVE BEEN RELEASING HIT SINGLES SINCE THE 80s. THEY DEFINITELY KNOW HOW TO WRITE AND CREATE GREAT MUSIC WITH WRITING GREAT LYRICS AS WELL. THEIR SONGS TRULY ARE POWERFUL. SCREW THE UNITED STATES. ALL THEY ARE INTERESTED IN IS THAT STUPID RAP AND HIP HOP CRAP. THAT IS NOT BY ANY CHANCE MUSIC BY MY STANDARDS. NONE OF THOSE SINGERS HAVE TALENT OR A VOICE. ANYBODY CAN TALK FAST BUT NOT THAT MANY CAN SING. A-HA ON THE OTHER HAND HAVE TALENT AND THEY HAVE PROVED IT FOR ALMOST NOW 25 YEARS. THEY SHOULD BE PUT ON THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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...
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???
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.
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 i´m surprised nobody mentioned this):
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 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%
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!! I¨m only 20 years and I´m 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
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:
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 nº1 and nº20! 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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