Never Gonna Give You Up
Show of hands: when Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” quietly slipped out of the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1988, how many of you thought that was the last time you’d ever hear that tune?
Yeah, us too.
But noooooo… twenty years later, The Ricker’s catchy little ditty was back and (one could argue) bigger than ever. If you’ve never been Rick-Rolled, you haven’t spent enough time on the Internet, friends.
We’ll chat more about Rick-Rolling in a sec, but first we need to give the song its due.
In all of the 80s, you’d be hard pressed to find a more sugary-sweet pop confection than this one. It’s upbeat, happy, and the lyrics are ridiculously simple, gooey, and lovey-dovey. There’s nothing about sex, no hard-driving electric guitars… It’s just pleasant. Which is probably why your baby sister loved it so much. And kept playing the cass-single over and over again.
Sure enough, “Never Gonna Give You Up” finished the year as the most popular song in Astley’s native UK, and it spent 23 weeks on the charts here, topping out at #1 for two weeks in March 1988.
…which brings us back to Rick-Rolling. We’re not sure what made the original culprits choose “Never Gonna Give You Up”, but we hafta admit, it was an inspired choice.
As for its origins, the whole meme can be traced back to March 2007, when someone on 4chan linked a GTA IV trailer to the video. And just like that… POOF! The Rick-Rolling had begun. Little did they know that it would become one of the most popular memes ever. And little did Rick know that, in the late 00s, he would suddenly re-enter the public’s consciousness.
We gotta give it up to the estemmed Mr. Astley, though; he took the whole thing and ran with it, including his still-awesome appearance at the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Keep on rollin’, Rick!
We ♥ Never Gonna Give You Up.