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.
  • 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...