The History and Meaning of the Rick Roll

What does it mean to be rick rolled?

Rickrolling is a classic internet meme where someone lures someone else into watching the music video for the 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up" by the legendary singer Rick Astley.

The Rick Roll YouTube video currently has over 1 billion views! The meme is a bait and switch -- usually using a disguised link that leads to the music video. When victims click on the link, they are "Rickrolled" and subjected to the classic song. This prank is also played by using the song's lyrics in unexpected contexts. Rick Astley himself has been Rickrolled on several occasions.

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