9 episodes

Welcome to 'a-ha - ranking highs and lows', the project where two life-long a-ha fans have taken on the ambitious task of ranking all the band's songs from worst to best!

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Welcome to 'a-ha - ranking highs and lows', the project where two life-long a-ha fans have taken on the ambitious task of ranking all the band's songs from worst to best!

    Episode 09: Ranking Magne Furuholmen

    Episode 09: Ranking Magne Furuholmen

    In this episode we direct our attention to a-ha keyboardist Magne Furuholmen as we hunt for the 30 highs from his solo endeavours and side projects outside a-ha.

    In this episode you'll hear how Peter has given up on JP and now gives a trusted task to Jesper, we await a concept album about skimmed milk, and Peter and JP are left speechless (if only for a short while) by Jesper’s anecdotes from an Apparatjik concert.

    We get another one of Jesper’s “I was at work when I first heard this song”-stories, and we also learn which song might get Jesper on the dancefloor after a few drinks. Meanwhile JP confuses Jesper with a lyrics interpretation that JP himself thinks makes plenty of sense, and Peter regrets asking follow-up questions. And does Magne really love the word “hindsight” so much that it calls for fireworks?

    You’ll also hear some quotes from some rather harsh reviews of Magne’s first album, and can it really be that Apparatjik makes a mental note to always include 40 seconds of weirdness in their songs? And which song by Magne according to Jesper sounds like a better version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”?

    We also discuss ghosts - including the giving up of them - and we probably read too much conflict material into all the lyrics. And has Magne written a song about his lawyer? On top of that we talk riff-recycling and lyrical rabbit holes while Jesper for once quotes more lyrics than JP. And which song by Magne makes JP fear that Jesper may be on the same wavelength as Pål?

    JP suggests that Jesper should commission Magne to make him a pedestal, and we think that Morten can carry a horse. We of course also discuss Magne’s voice, we celebrate the diversity of his output, and Jesper looks for Easter eggs at Xmas time. And how does our timing of podcast release dates compare to a-ha?

    All of this is blended together with 30 awesome tracks from Magne in the various constellations he uses for his creative output. Maybe you know (and love) them all, maybe you’re quite new to Magne’s work outside of a-ha or maybe you’re just ready to dig a bit deeper. Whatever your starting point is, we hope that you’ll enjoy this episode!

    You are of course also more than welcome to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rankingaha where you can follow us and comment on the episodes and the rankings.

    • 2 hr 28 min
    Episode 08: Ranking Morten Harket

    Episode 08: Ranking Morten Harket

    In this episode we rank songs from the solo career of Morten Harket, the legendary vocalist of equally legendary band a-ha. And whether you are new to Morten's solo efforts or have listened to all or most of it already this is definitely a podcast for you!

    In this episode we’ll be discussing the different stages of Morten’s solo career, JP once again tries to give a short summary of something (will he ever succeed?), and we find out if people in Copenhagen actually use stairs at all. And is there really a video called ‘Dance lessons by Morten Harket’?

    We also learn about when Peter the Producer prefers to listen to Christmas songs, Jesper announces songs in up to three different languages all at once, and JP just gives up on speaking Norwegian altogether. Apart from that we struggle with the word ‘hymn’ and Jesper discovers some exotic instruments.

    We also disagree on the ranking for a song about an animal, we discuss which song can be compared to an accountant dad, and how many songs about basket weavers does JP actually know? And why didn’t Jesper play an album by Morten for his friends on the ferry home from Oslo?

    Furthermore we discuss a very literal 360 degrees turn by Morten, we hear about an interview from 1993 that made Jesper really worried, and we wonder if it’s OK to call your girlfriend a turtle.

    And mixed with all of this there are 30 songs by Morten for you to enjoy. Maybe you know them all, maybe you know some of them or maybe you don’t really know any of them. So we hope that this podcast can act both as a reminder and an ear-opener to some of the great songs that Morten has released outside of a-ha.

    Also take the opportunity to join the discussion about our ranking on Facebook where we’d love for you to talk to us and tell us things we could find helpful.
    https://www.facebook.com/rankingaha

    • 2 hr 23 min
    Episode 07: Ranking True North

    Episode 07: Ranking True North

    In this episode we rank the 12 songs from "True North" - the latest addition to a-ha's amazing career and song catalogue - from the worst to the best, and we can reveal that the battle for the top spot is close!

    In this episode we possibly fail at giving a short summary of anything, we praise some drummers, we talk about second cousins and sisters, and it would be surprising if there wasn’t something that sounds more Beatles than The Beatles…

    We also introduce the concept of a ‘reverse Jesus’, we discuss a-ha’s insect trilogy, we try to find out if there’s a Nordic elephant in the room, and which song on the new album could have benefitted from a Hammond organ to make it more Doorsy?

    We also talk about goosebumps and teary eyes after an evening with True North in headphones, we laugh at our own jokes and discuss the new lyrics. We even make the bold claim that some of the new songs could eventually prove to end up in an all time top 25 of a-ha songs! Now, if THAT isn’t something to get excited about then we don’t know what is?!

    Also take the opportunity to join the discussion about our ranking on Facebook where we’d love for you to talk to us and tell us things we could find helpful.
    https://www.facebook.com/rankingaha

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 06: Ranking a-ha 25-1

    Episode 06: Ranking a-ha 25-1

    In the sixth - and so far final - episode of Ranking Highs and Lows we finally reveal which of a-ha’s 147 songs is the ultimate number one! The superlatives are flying all around us as we count down from 25 to 1, but there’s still room for heavy compromises and disagreements - just like when a-ha makes an album.

    In this episode we hear about trips to the public swimming pool in the 1980’s, how a trained fan ear may be able to tell different types of rain apart, and how great it is when a D-chord shifts from major to minor.

    Before we reach the top spot we also encounter songs from eight different albums, discuss how many songs you can cram into a Top 3, and try to explain how two hits on a drum before a chorus makes all the difference. So please join us as we uncover the highest of the highs of a-ha’s magnificent career!

    In case you prefer to read rather than listen or just want to check out the whole list again in written form then check out our blog. There you can find previous parts of the ranking as well - one chance to go back to the point where everything starts…
    https://www.rankingaha.dk/

    Also take the opportunity to join the discussion about our ranking on Facebook where we’d love for you to talk to us and tell us things we could find helpful.
    https://www.facebook.com/rankingaha

    And of course check out all the songs from our ranking on our Spotify playlist as as well as we move from the foot of the mountain to the very top.
    https://sptfy.com/rankingaha

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 05: Ranking a-ha 50-26

    Episode 05: Ranking a-ha 50-26

    In the fifth episode of Ranking Highs and Lows we crack the top 50 as we continue our ranking of the 147 a-ha songs from worst to best by counting down from 50 to 26. Here we encounter a song that both of us like but for quite different reasons, we run into some serious compromises and discuss which version of a song is the right one to rank.

    We also come across some big hits, discuss the importance of the production of a song, find out if there is such a thing as “The Waaktaar-Savoy School for the Brokenhearted” and uncover which colour palette seems to dominate a-ha song titles.

    This episode also features the tale of when we met Morten and reminded him of songs he possibly had forgotten about, we discuss how far down the word “funky” is on the list of adjectives that describe a-ha, and we bask in the pride you can feel as a fan when an a-ha song does well on the charts. All this and much more awaits you as we get close to the top 25.

    In case you prefer to read rather than listen or just want to check out the list again in written form then check out our blog where we go through the ranking in writing. There you can find previous parts of the ranking as well.
    https://www.rankingaha.dk/

    Also take the opportunity to join the discussion about our ranking on Facebook where we’d love to hear your thoughts.
    https://www.facebook.com/rankingaha

    And of course you can lie down in darkness and check out all the songs from the ranking on our Spotify playlist as well.
    https://sptfy.com/rankingaha

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 04: Ranking a-ha 75-51

    Episode 04: Ranking a-ha 75-51

    In the fourth episode of Ranking Highs and Lows we continue our ranking of the 147 a-ha songs from worst to best by counting down from 75 to 51. In this episode we will discuss how many cousins Driftwood actually has, get to know which song made one of us realize at a young age that we were maturing, and which song one of us considers more Beatles than The Beatles.

    We also discuss whether a certain long-awaited demo lives up to the hype, we hear more about a heartbreak from the early 2000’s, and we ponder the reasons why a-ha’s singles in the later years often seem to be alternative mixes of songs that sounded better in the album version.

    In this episode we also run into a UK Top 10 hit, disagree with some of the band members’ own view of their 1990’s sound, and get to hear which song just about missed a spot in our top 50. Curious? Listen and find out more!

    In case you prefer to read rather than listen or just want to check out the list again in written form, then check out our blog. There you can find previous parts of the ranking as well. https://www.rankingaha.dk/

    Also take the opportunity to join the discussion about our ranking on Facebook where we’d love to hear your thoughts.
    https://www.facebook.com/rankingaha

    And of course check out all the songs from our ranking on our Spotify playlist as well. https://sptfy.com/rankingaha

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Jenn Peel ,

Great and informative commentary

These guys do a great job of breaking down and critiquing each a-ha song as well as providing interesting facts and other information that even a die-hard fan might not know.


P.S. I was so happy that you guys had nearly all of my top 10 favorites in your top 10 such as Here I Stand and Face the Rain ( I did a little happy dance when that one came on in the count down lol ), The Sun Always Shines on T.V., I’ve Been Losing You, Hunting High and Low, The Swing of Things and Scoundrel Days.
Also, I play the keyboards and those are my favorites to play as well as Take On Me.

NoCanDu ,

Thank you!

I’m on episode 4 and greatly enjoying your opinions, comments and humor.

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