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Neverrrr Meme - The Backstory Of Rickrolling

"Slightly creepy, innit" is a way of explaining the "Rickroll" phenomenon that turned Rick Astley's debut single song of 1987 into the most unstoppable neverrrr meme of the 21st century.

In 2021, "Never Gonna Give You Up" has become one of only four songs since the 1980s to survive a billion views on YouTube.

Rick Astley wearing a black outfit and singing on stage
Rick Astley wearing a black outfit and singing on stage

Rick Roll Memes Background

Rickrolling started with a prank on the vague anime fan site published on the website 4chan.

As a joke, the site moderator ran a word filter in 2006, replacing the use of the word "egg" with "duck".

As a result, the thread for "egg rolls" has become "duck rolls". Another contributor took the joke a step further by posting a photo of the duck on the wheel.

With the popularity of "duck reels", users have begun to place hyperlinks for "bait-and-switch".

This promised interesting content actually directed the viewer directly to the image of the duck.

Never Gonna Give You Up Meme

In March 2007, users started using Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" video instead of ducks, and the trick became viral. And that's how neverrrr meme started.

On April 1, 2008, YouTube also got involved in this prank and led an estimated 6 million web surfers who clicked on "Recommended Videos" to a video of 21-year-old Astley hand-jiving in double denim.

The hilarious simplicity of the song gave the mischief a friendly feel — though the catchy song was deeply imprinted in the victim's brain.

"Never Gonna Give You Up" song is written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman's Hit Factory, a trio of British production/songwriters who are creators of hits of singers such as Bananarama, Kylie Minogue, and Sinitta.

Rick Astley never gonna memes poster
Rick Astley never gonna memes poster

Rick Astley Song Never Gonna Give You Up

Pete Waterman found Astley, a shy Lancashire boy singing in the soul band, and took him to the studio to make tea while other artists understood how to use him.

The lyrics are perfect when Astry hears Waterman on the phone with a friend and says, “You’re never gonna give her up.” They turned the line into a Motown pastiche.

Astley recorded a smooth baritone vocal in October 1986, but the single wasn't released until SAW decided it was time to introduce a new artist the following July.

"Never Gonna Give You Up" surpassed the UK charts in August 1987 and the US charts in March 1988.

Never Gonna Give You Up written on a pink sky background
Never Gonna Give You Up written on a pink sky background

Prank Became Mainstream

The prank became mainstream after several public rickroll events, one of the first events involving the Church of Scientology, which actively censored videos criticizing the church (what a surprise).

Anonymous, an Internet "hacktivist" group, sang and protested censorship outside the various headquarters of the church.

Another public event to popularize memes occurs in August 2015 after the Foo Fighters sing in full volume, overtaking hateful protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church and launching an improvised dance party.

This meme is so popular that it is now included in the post-credit scenes of Disney movies. Ralph Breaks The Internet teased the "premonition" of Anna and Frozen II following "Never Gonagibu You Up".

Many believe that the meme survived because of Astry's unexpectedly deep voice, in contrast to his boyish appearance.

Personally, I think Astley's cheerful and half-hearted dance moves and mischievous smiles give the video a mischievous atmosphere that the creators didn't intend, making it a perfect song. Moreover, it's a pretty catchy song!

People Also Ask

What Does It Mean To RickRoll Someone?

On the Internet, Rickrolling is mischief that visitors who click on a particular link are deliberately misunderstood in a video featuring the hit song "Never Gonna Give You Up" by pop star Rick Astley.

Why Is It Called A Rick Roll?

It's an internet prank. Rick Rolling started around 2007 on online bulletin boards such as 4chan and Reddit. Users have posted a link that unexpectedly directs others to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" video. Therefore, rickroll.

On May 15, 2007, a YouTube user named Shawn Cotter, then 19 years old, uploaded a music video for Rick Astley's 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up," using the alias "cotter548."

Conclusion

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