Never Gonna Give You Up

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"Never Gonna Give You Up"
Single by Rick Astley
from the album Whenever You Need Somebody
Released1987 (UK)
1988 (U.S.)
Recorded1987
GenreDance-pop
Length3:32
LabelPWL, RCA
Songwriter(s)Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Pete Waterman
Producer(s)Stock Aitken Waterman
Rick Astley singles chronology
"When You Gonna"
(1987)
"Never Gonna Give You Up"
(1987)
"Whenever You Need Somebody"
(1987)
"When You Gonna"
(1987)
"Never Gonna Give You Up"
(1987)
"Whenever You Need Somebody"
(1987)

"Never Gonna Give You Up" is a dance-pop song originally made by Rick Astley. It was released as a single from Astley's multi-million selling debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody, which was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer's native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at number one for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year.

The music video for the song has become the basis for the "Rickrolling" internet meme.

Track listings[change | change source]

Credits[change | change source]

  • 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

Certifications[change | change source]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Canada[1] Gold May 17, 1988 50,000
France[2] Silver 1988 200,000
Germany[3] Gold 1987 150,000
Sweden[4] Gold October 21, 1987 10,000
UK[5] Gold September 1, 1987 400,000
U.S.[6] Gold February 24, 1989 500,000

Charts[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Canada certifications cria.ca (Retrieved September 2, 2008)
  2. French certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved September 2, 2008)
  3. German certifications musikindustrie.de (Retrieved September 1, 2008)
  4. Swedish certifications Ifpi.se (Retrieved September 11, 2008)
  5. UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved September 2, 2008)
  6. U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved September 2, 2008)
  7. David Kent (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970 - 1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up" (in French). Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  9. "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 41, 1987". Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  10. "Suchergebnis" (in German). Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  11. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  12. "Hit Parade Italia - Top Annuali Single: 1987" (in Italian). Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  13. Scapolo, Dean (2007). The Complete New Zealand Music Charts, 1966-2006: Singles, Albums, DVDs, Compilations. Maurienne House. ISBN 1-877443-00-X.
  14. "Top 40 Hits of Late August 1987". Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Rick Astley". Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  16. "1987 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Retrieved 2008-08-01.
  17. "Top 50 Singles 1988". Retrieved 2008-09-01.

Other websites[change | change source]