On this date 25 years ago in 1988, Rick Astley was atop the U.S. singles charts with “Never Gonna Give You Up. ”
The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer’s native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at at the top for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the US and West Germany.
In 2004, it was voted #28 in 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs … Ever by VH1. 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 people on the internet, due to the popular phenomenon of Rickrolling.