August 29, 1987

August29Today in 1987, Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ started a five-week run at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart.

The song became the biggest selling single of the year, and would go on to win Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. It eventually hit the top of the charts in 25 countries.

The track has also gone down into pop culture history with the popularity of Rickrolling pranks, which involve misleading viewers to the video for Astley’s hit. The prank gained popularity throughout 2008, when several media companies performed Rickrolls during April Fool’s Day. YouTube even set all of its featured videos as Rickrolls for the day.

But, the greatest Rickroll in history (albeit, by matter of opinion) was accomplished by Toronto-based radio station, Indie 88, which played the song for an entire week straight in order to test their signal.

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