The trio, composed of lead vocalist Morten Harket; guitarist Pål Waaktaar-Savoy and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, formed in 1982 and left Norway for London in order to make a career in the music business.They were trying to think of what to call themselves, focusing on Norwegian words people could say in English.
Their follow-up track, The Sun Always Shines On TV, also taken from debut album Hunting High And Low, hit the number one spot.
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.
They were teenage pin-ups with thousands of adoring fans beating a path to their doors.
But two decades on would you give your favourite 80s pop god a second glance?