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A-ha in concert at Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain, in 2010 (left to right: Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)
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Origin Oslo, Norway
Years active 1982–1994, 1998–2010, 2015–present
Associated acts

A-ha (usually stylized as a-ha; is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. Founded by Morten Harket (vocals, guitars), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, guitars) and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars), the band rose to fame during the mid-1980s after being discovered by musician and producer John Ratcliff, and continued its global success in the 1990s and 2000s.

A-ha achieved their biggest success with their debut album Hunting High and Low in 1985. That album peaked at number one in their native Norway, number 2 in the UK, and number 15 on the US Billboard album chart; yielded two international number-one singles: "Take On Me" and "The Sun Always Shines on TV"; and earned the band a Grammy Award nomination as Best New Artist.

On 15 October 2009, the band announced they would split after a worldwide tour in 2010, the Ending on a High Note Tour. Thousands of fans from at least 40 different countries on six continents congregated to see A-ha for the last leg of the tour.

On 4 December 2014, A-ha officially announced its participation at Rock In Rio 2015 which celebrated 30 years for both the band and the event. In 2015, it was announced that A-ha would re-unite for two years. Their tenth studio album, Cast in Steel, was released on 4 September 2015. A tour, named for the album, in support of the album happened in autumn 2015 and March–May 2016.

The band has released ten studio albums, several compilations and four live albums. In less than a year, during 2010, the band earned an estimated 500 million Norwegian Kroner from concert tickets, merchandise and the release of a greatest hits album, making them one of the 40–50 largest grossing bands in the world.

The band were listed in the Guinness World Records book for having the biggest rock concert attendance; they drew an audience of 198,000 at Maracanã Stadium during Rock in Rio festival. Another record for the band is for singer Morten Harket, who was (and is still) listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2001 for the longest live note held; he held a note in "Summer Moved On" for 20.2 seconds.

According to their label, Rhino, they have sold 55 million records.


  • Hunting High and Low (1985) / Hunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition) (2010)
  • Scoundrel Days (1986) / Scoundrel Days (Deluxe Edition) (2010)
  • Stay on These Roads (1988)
  • East of the Sun, West of the Moon (1990)
  • Headlines and Deadlines – The Hits of a-ha (1991)
  • Memorial Beach (1993)
  • Minor Earth Major Sky (2000)
  • Lifelines (2002)
  • How Can I Sleep With Your Voice in My Head (2003)
  • The Singles: 1984–2004 (2004)
  • Analogue (2005)
  • Foot of the Mountain (2009)
  • 25 (2010)


  • Take on Me
  • Love Is Reason
  • The Sun Always Shines on T.V.
  • Train of Thought
  • Hunting High and Low
  • I've Been Losing You
  • Cry Wolf
  • Maybe, Maybe
  • Manhattan Skyline
  • The Living Daylights
  • Stay on These Roads
  • The Blood That Moves The Body
  • Touchy!
  • You Are The One
  • There's Never A Forever Thing
  • Crying in the Rain
  • I Call Your Name
  • Early Morning
  • Waiting For Her
  • Move To Memphis
  • The Blood That Moves the Body '92
  • Dark Is the Night
  • Angel in the Snow
  • Lie Down in Darkness
  • Shapes That Go Together
  • Summer Moved On
  • Minor Earth Major Sky
  • Velvet
  • The Sun Never Shone That Day
  • Forever Not Yours
  • Lifelines
  • Did Anyone Approach You?
  • The Sun Always Shines on T.V. a-ha Live
  • Celice
  • Birthright
  • Analogue (All I Want)
  • Cosy Prisons
  • Foot of the Mountain
  • Nothing Is Keeping You Here
  • Shadowside
  • Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)

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