Stay on These Roads (song)

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"Stay on These Roads"
Stay on These Roads.jpg
Single by A-ha
from the album Stay on These Roads
B-side "Soft Rains of April" (Original Mix)
Released 14 March 1988
  • 4:46 (Single Version)
  • 6:08 (Extended Remix)
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Alan Tarney
A-ha singles chronology
"The Living Daylights"
"Stay on These Roads"
"The Blood That Moves the Body"
"The Living Daylights"
"Stay on These Roads"
"The Blood That Moves the Body"

"Stay on These Roads" is a song by Norwegian band A-ha. It was their first single from the album of the same name and was released in early 1988. It achieved success in many European countries.

Release and reception[edit]

"Stay on These Roads" was released in the spring of 1988 and became the most successful single from the Stay on These Roads album, along with "The Living Daylights" on the UK charts. The song did not hit the national charts in the United States, but was a significant hit across Europe. It went to number seven in Germany, number three in France, and number two in Ireland. In Norway, the song was the band's fourth number one single. "Stay on These Roads" was A-ha's seventh and final top five showing in the United Kingdom, reaching number five on the chart edition of March 27, 1988. It would also prove their last top ten hit in the country for almost two decades, as they did not score another UK top ten hit until eighteen years later in 2006.

A Roland D-50 was used on this song—the sound patch is called "Staccato Heaven"—the wind sound during the instrumental was made on either a Roland Juno 60 or Juno 106 synthesizer.

The versions on the 7" vinyl and the 3" CD single ("7 inch Version") are identical to the album version.

Music video[edit]

The official music video was directed by Andy Morahan and was filmed in North Norfolk. The band are riding on the bikes and take a break in a petrol station.

The song length is four minutes and forty-six seconds.

Formats and track listing[edit]

7": Warner Bros. / W 7936 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Stay on These Roads" - 4:46
  2. "Soft Rains of April" (Original Mix) - 3:18
  • Track 1 is the "Album Version".

12": Warner Bros. / W 7936T United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Stay on These Roads" (Extended Remix) - 6:08
  2. "Soft Rains of April" (Original Mix) - 3:18
  • Also released as a 12" picture disc (W 8405TP)

CD: Warner Bros. / W 7936CD United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Stay on These Roads" (7" version) - 4:46
  2. "Soft Rains of April" (Original Mix) - 3:18
  3. "Take on Me" - 3:50
  4. "Cry Wolf" - 4:05

Album releases[edit]

This track was released on six albums by A-ha:

Date Album Track Time
1988-05-01 Stay on These Roads 01 of 10 4:45
1991-11-04 Headlines and Deadlines - The Hits of A-ha 14 of 16 4:46
2005-02-21 The Singles: 1984–2004 09 of 19 4:46
2005-04-11 The Definitive Singles Collection 1984–2004 09 of 18 4:45
2008-07-29 A-ha Live at Vallhall – Sight & Sound series CD & DVD set.
2008 release of the 2001 concert
10 of 19
(cd 1of2)
2009-07-19 25 12 of 20
(cd 1of2)


Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" by Billy Ocean
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
13/1988 - 18/1988 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Alphabet Street" by Prince


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  3. ^ ""Stay on These Roads", Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  4. ^ ""Stay on These Roads", French Singles Chart" (in French). Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
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  8. ^ ""Stay on These Roads", Swedish Singles Chart" (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
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