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"Never Gonna Give You Up" is a song by English singer Rick Astley. The song is released as the first single from Astley's multi-million selling debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody. The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer's native United Kingdommarker in 1987, where it stayed at number one for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year.

The song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. The music video for the song has become the basis for the "Rickrolling" Internet meme.

In 2008, Rick Astley won the MTV EMA awards for "Best Act Ever" with the song "Never Gonna Give You Up", as a result of collective voting from thousands of Astley enthusiasts.

Music video

Astley in the "Never Gonna Give You Up" music video.
In the "Never Gonna Give You Up" music video, directed by Simon West, a smiling Astley sings and dances to the song in various outfits and venues in West London, sometimes accompanied by backup dancers. A bartender played by Clive Clarke gradually shifts from casually noticing Astley's singing to being fully engrossed in the song with energetic acrobatic moves. The athletic exertion of many of the other dancers also becomes more intense over the course of Astley's performance.


"Never Gonna Give You Up" is the subject of a popular Internet prank known as "rickrolling" involving misleading links redirecting to the song's music video. By May 2007, the practice had achieved notoriety on the Internet, and it increased in popularity after its use as a 2008 April Fool's Day joke by various media companies and websites, including YouTube rickrolling all of its featured videos on that day and a website allowing people to Rickroll their friends' phones.

In 'a couple of weeks', about 13 million people had been 'rickrolled' into watching Astley's video, the BBC reported on 1 April 2008. "I think it's just one of those odd things where something gets picked up and people run with it," Astley told the Los Angeles Times in late March 2008, adding: "That's what's brilliant about the Internet."

Rick Astley also appeared in the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade interrupting a song performed by those on a float promoting the Cartoon Network program Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends with a lipsynched performance of "Never Gonna Give You Up".

In several of its protests against Scientology, Anonymous has employed The Rickroll.

Cover versions

  • English punk rock band Peter and the Test Tube Babies recorded a cover of the song for their 1990 album The $hit Factory.
  • In 1997, the French band 2Be3 covered the song under the name "Toujours là pour toi", which had a great success in France (#4) and Belgium (Wallonia) (#12).
  • Eurobeat artist Kevin Johnson covered the song for the album Super Eurobeat 149.
  • In 1999, an Italian cover titled "Non ti lascerò" was made by Fiorello.
  • Thomas Anders covers frequently the song on his fan-club parties, as a swing.
  • In 2007, Tay Zonday covered the song and most people refered to it as a "TayRoll" (or "TayRoll'd").
  • On November 25, 2008, Barry Manilow released a version of the song on his The Greatest Songs of the Eighties album.
  • In 2008, it was covered by Ashley Tisdale for the Degree Girl: OMG Jams!
  • On the Rocks, a collegiate a cappella group at the University of Oregonmarker, covered the song for their 2008 album The Green Room. It was selected for the Best of Collegiate A Cappella 2009 compilation CD, and labeled as "Coldplay Medley" in an attempt to Rickroll listeners.
  • L33tstr33t boys, a group basing their music on video games and animes covered this song.

Sampling & Remixes

  • In April 2008, a house music remix of the track was produced by a group of London dance producers working under the pseudonym "The Rickrollerz" on the day of, and in honor of, the Londonmarker Liverpool Street Stationmarker "Rickmob" on 11 April. UK Producer Simple Sigh also produced a remix in April 2008, entitled "Never Gonna Give You Up (Simple Sigh's RickRoll Remix)".
  • In 2008, a dance remix was produced by DJ Solly.

Appearances/References in other media

The song was covered in the Family Guy episode "Meet the Quagmires", by the character Brian (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), at a country club dance - as a parody of the 'Back To The Future' school dance scene.

In the 2005 Doctor Who episode Father's Day, which is set in 1987, the song is playing in the background on Pete Tyler's car radio in one scene.

Track listings

7" single
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" – 3:33
  2. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (instrumental) – 3:30

12" maxi
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (cake mix) – 5:46
  2. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (instrumental) – 6:19
  3. "Never Gonna Give You Up" – 3:33
  4. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (escape to New York mix) – 7:01
  5. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (escape from Newton mix) – 6:23

12" maxi
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (cake mix) – 5:48
  2. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (instrumental) – 3:30
  3. "Never Gonna Give You Up" – 3:33

12" single
  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (escape from Newton mix) – 6:30
  2. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (escape to New York mix) – 7:00


  • Written and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman
  • Engineer : Mark McGuire, Mike Duffy
  • Mixed by :
    • Escape from Newton mix : Mixmaster Pete Hammond
    • Escape to New York mix : The Extra Beat Boys


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Canada Gold 50,000
France Silver 200,000
Germany Gold 150,000
Netherlands Platinum 60,000
Sweden Gold 10,000
UK Gold 400,000
U.S. Gold 500,000


Chart (1987/88) Peak
Australian Music Report Singles Chart 1
Ö3 Austria Top 40 4
Dutch Top 40 1
French SNEP Singles Chart 6
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 2
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 1

End of year chart (1987) Position
Swiss Singles Chart 20
End of year chart (1988) Position
Australian Singles Chart 8


  1. Simon West (I)
  2. - A website ( allowing people to Rickroll phone numbers.
  3. Rickrolling and the league of web fame, BBC News entertainment reporter Mark Savage, 01-04-2008. Accessed 04-05-2008.
  4. Web Scout exclusive! Rick Astley, king of the 'Rickroll,' talks about his song's second coming, Los Angeles Times blogs, 03-25-2008.Accessed 04-05-2008.
  5. « Rick Astley's unexpected comeback »,, 2008-12-04.
  6. "Toujours là pour toi", French and Belgium (Wallonia) Singles Charts (Retrieved February 14, 2008)
  7. Discogs album listing for Super Eurobeat 149
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  9. О Томасе Андерсе - взгляд из России. # #
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  12. Canada certifications (Retrieved September 2, 2008)
  13. French certifications (Retrieved September 2, 2008)
  14. German certifications (Retrieved September 1, 2008)
  15. Dutch certifications (Retrieved December 9, 2008)
  16. Swedish certifications (Retrieved September 11, 2008)
  17. UK certifications (Retrieved September 2, 2008)
  18. U.S. certifications (Retrieved September 2, 2008)

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