Classic Single Review: Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley

Posted: February 12, 2010 in Classic Single Reviews, The Music Reviews

People of the present generation may know Rick Astley for being the man who got heavily featured in the YouTube phenomenon known as ‘RickRoll.’ In this YouTube meme, users are tricked into watching Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up music video. This time around though, it’s time to put in our two cents regarding this hit song by Astley.

Never Gonna Give You Up actually is a great song. The chorus may be very cheesy but it actually works out just fine. The Stock, Aitken, and Waterman-produced track certainly has lyrics which perfectly fits in the song. The lines ‘Never gonna give you up. Never gonna let you down. Never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry. Never gonna say goodbye. Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you‘ are pure lyrical brilliance.

The techno beats included in the song are actually polished and add a flavor of dance into the track. This understandably made the track garner lots of success (it did become the best-selling single of 1987).

The arrangement used in the song is pretty decent. The bassline complements the ‘upbeat’ nature of the track in an okay fashion. The shining moments of the track would be Astley’s vocals and surprisingly, the lyrics. The lyrics, as I have mentioned earlier, perfectly fit the track. It’s like the words can be made into a literary masterpiece without much problems.

As for the music video of the song, I do think that Rick Astley’s actions in the song are repetitive but fun to watch. The bartender, played out by Clive Clarke, was actually great to watch though it does seem to be a little bit over-the-top.

If there would be any downside that I could think of for Never Gonna Give You Up, it would be the chorus was abused a lot. Still, this should not be a huge problem at all for the track is actually an enjoyable one – one that would make you dance or one that could make you sing its chorus in repeating fashion. All in all, the track is great and certainly deserved all the recognition it got during its time.

Genre: Pop
Date Released: August 1987
Label: RCA Records

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