Summer Moved On

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"Summer Moved On"
Single by A-ha
from the album Minor Earth Major Sky
B-side "Barely Hanging On"
Released 22 May 2000
Recorded 1998–2000
  • 4:06 (Radio Edit)
  • 4:36 (Album Edit)
  • 6:00 (Remix)
Label WEA
Writer(s) Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
Producer(s) Andreas "Boogieman" Herbig and Roland Spremberg
A-ha singles chronology
Shapes That Go Together
Summer Moved On
Minor Earth Major Sky

"Summer Moved On" is a song by A-ha which became their first single in more than six years. The album Minor Earth Major Sky was released in the UK on 22 May 2000, having been released in much of Europe on 27 March. The song was originally hastily written after A-ha agreed to a one-time reunion at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 1998. There had been a lot of bad feelings between the band members, and each was hesitant to reunite.[citation needed] The thunderous success at the concert in performing only two songs inspired the band to reunite after a four-year hiatus to record their sixth album for release in 2000. This song became a #1 radio hit in much of Europe, and the band has continued to record and perform together to significant international success, though that success has not extended to the U.S., where their recent work has gone unreleased. The song sold 2,500,000 copies worldwide.[citation needed]

Formats and track listing[edit]

CD: WEA. / 8573 82331-2 Europe[edit]

  1. "Summer Moved On" (Album Edit) - 4:36
  2. "Barely Hanging On" (Album Version) - 3:51
  • It states that it features the "album version" of "Barely Hanging On", but this song has actually been remixed for the album.

CD: WEA. / 3984 29692-2 Europe[edit]

  1. "Summer Moved On" (Radio Edit) - 4:06
  2. "Summer Moved On" (Album Edit) - 4:36
  3. "Barely Hanging On" - 3:51
  4. "Summer Moved On" (Remix) - 6:00
  • It states that it features the "album version" of "Barely Hanging On", but this song has actually been remixed for the album.

CD: WEA. / CDWP009 Promo Brazil[edit]

  1. "Summer Moved On" (Radio Version) - 4:06
  2. "Summer Moved On" (Album Version) - 4:36
  3. "Summer Moved On" (Remix) - 6:00
  4. "Summer Moved On" (Remix Edit) - [unknown]
  • Track 1 is the same version as the "Radio Edit".
  • Track 2 is the same version as the "Album Edit".

CD: We Love Music. / 0602527682198 Germany[edit]

  1. "Summer Moved On" (Live) - 4:58
  2. "Scoundrel Days" (Live) - 4:20
  • Both tracks taken From The Farewell Show And Upcoming Live DVD "Ending On A High Note - The Final Concert"

Record Breaker[edit]

Morten Harket holds the European record for the longest note held in a Top 40 pop song. During the song "Summer Moved On" Harket sustains a chest voice note for 20.2 seconds (8 measures).[1]


The video, directed by Adam Berg, was shot in Cadiz, Spain over the course of one very cold day in April 2000.

  1. ^ Record-Breakers and Trivia -

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
2000 Argentinian Singles Chart 19
Austrian Singles Chart 10
Belgian Singles Chart 26(Fr)-16(Nl)
Canadian Singles Chart 18
Czech Singles Chart 14
Dutch Singles Chart 74
Finnish Singles Chart 3
German Singles Chart[1] 8
Greece Singles Chart 13
Hungarian Singles Chart 6
Israeli Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart[2] 46
Norwegian singles Chart 1
Polish Singles Chart 1
Portugal top 25 Singles Chart 1
Spain Cadena top 100 Singles Chart 19
Switzerland Singles Chart 14
UK Singles Chart[3] 33
2011 German Singles Chart (live) 90

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
German Singles Chart 83
Switzerland Singles Chart 100
  1. ^ "German Singles Chart". Charts-Surfer. Archived from the original on 29 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Chart. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  3. ^ "British Single Chart". UK Top 40. Retrieved 2008-03-07.