Rick Astley's Uptown Funk is a rick roll for 2015
Oh, look. It’s Rick Astley! Best known for his his 1987 hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Astley experienced a lil’ comeback in 2007 when that same song became (objectively) the greatest meme of all time, and turned everyone with an Internet connection into a rickrolling monster.
Now, Astley basically just rickrolled us with another song we can’t seem to escape: “Uptown Funk.” While performing at ’80s-themed festival Let’s Rock London, he played Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s hit.
By the full formal definition of Astley’s namesake meme, the rickroller tricks the rickrollee into listening to “Never Gonna Give You Up” by being all, “Hey, look at this super cool thing!” and then sending a link to the song’s YouTube video. Astley just tricked us into listening to the year’s best earworm, thus rickrolling the rickrollees. Well played, sir.