YMMV: Rick Astley

  • Crowning Music of Awesome / Nightmare Fuel: Listen to "Lights Out," but ignore the lyrics. Now, listen to it again, focusing on the lyrics.
    • For the CMoA part, "Never Gonna Give You Up". It's REALLY catchy and you can't deny that it's a great singalong. Probably one of the best songs to have a Memetic Mutation.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Together Forever. Think a diabetic version of Rickroll.
  • Ear Worm: Lots of his songs, but "Never Gonna Give You Up" in particular.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the singles from his second album is called "Giving Up On Love." Yes, despite him singing that he was "Never Gonna Give You Up."
  • I Am Not Shazam: Thanks to the Rick Rolling meme, casual people tend to refer to Astley as "Rick Roll" or calling the actual song "Rick Roll".
  • Memetic Mutation: No prizes for guessing which one.
  • Narm Charm: Listen to the lyrics of "NGGYU". It's campy. It's sappy. It's ridiculous. It's so, so very 80's. And it's awesome. It helps that it's an Ear Worm.
    • The video is both utterly ridiculous and monumentally great, especially the frequent cutaways to an excitable bartender who gets so into the dancing that he ultimately puts on tiny shorts, backflips off a wall, and strikes a goofy pose.
  • Signature Song: "Never Gonna Give You Up".
    • "Together Forever" also hit #1 and used to be on par with it until the Rick Roll phenomenon made his first hit his indisputable signature tune.
  • The Woobie: That poor saxophonist in "Take Me To Your Heart" just wants a bit part...