The year was 1988- Rick Astley had been riding off the moderate success of his hit single “Never Gonna Give You Up,” which was released as a single in July of the year prior.
The song began to peak on this day 30 years ago, hitting the number one spot on Billboard’s U.S. and U.K. singles chart.
It would stay at this position for two weeks straight. The tune is now known by pranksters worldwide as the crucial element of “Rickrolling.”
Rickrolling is a meme’ish prank involving the unexpected appearance of Astley’s music video for “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
Watch a compilation of Rickrolls below!
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