A-ha’s Iconic ‘Take On Me’ Video Hits 1 Billion Views On YouTube

The classic video of one of the 80s’ most familiar earworms has just marked a major milestone as “Take On Me” from Norwegian band A-ha has surpassed one billion views on YouTube.

The music video for the 1984 hit became a staple on MTV and, here in Canada, MuchMusic (as the channel was then known), featuring a mix of live-action footage of the band along with pencil-sketch animation known as rotoscoping, in which live-action footage is traced over by hand, frame by frame.

As Deadline notes, the meticulous process took about 16 weeks to complete in order to result in the four-minute video.

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There have been numerous parodies and homages over the years, with “Family Guy”, Weezer, and others producing versions.

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