Top 5 Rickroll Videos of All Time
Top 5 Rickroll Videos of All Time
Note: For anyone that is not fully aware of the rickrolling phenomenon, you may want to stop reading this now. For everyone else, please watch this amazing video of Britney Spears and Elliot Spitzer’s guest appearance on Dancing With the Stars. Who knew that Elliot could breakdance…?
The New York Times wrote about rickrolling this Sunday for seemingly no apparent reason (didn’t newspapers used to, you know, write about news?). An internet meme that started last year, it continues to spread to unsuspecting victims who click on a link expecting to see an amazing video. It’s interesting to see how long it takes mainstream media to pick up on internet memes, and also how quickly they die out when they become popular (has anyone seen people writing AYBABTU lately?). The viral spread of memes is astonishing and in just 10 months, the Rick Astley video has been viewed over 12 million times throughout the web.
Then yesterday The LA Times scored an exclusive interview with Rick Astley to talk about the phenomenon and he is genuinely surprised and humble about it. Apparently, he is also about to go on tour with other former popular 80s bands. (Question: if people attend a Rick Astley concert and he plays “Never Gonna Give You Up,” are they getting rickroll’d?)
With the trend in mind, here are our Top 5 Rickroll Videos of All Time. These are not the original video, but rather interesting new twists that people have thought of, carrying the rickroll into traditional media, real life, and across memes.
5. The Church of Scientology Gets Rickroll’d By Anonymous
Anonymous, the group that was behind the spread of the rickroll in the first place, decided to rickroll the Church of Scientology in various locations. Someone needs to create a Church of Rick, so Anonymous, get to work on that.
4. Tay Zonday Creates a Cosmic Collision of Cheesyness
Tay Zonday, the little guy with the big voice, was the creator of the infamous “Chocolate Rain” video, which to this day still gets stuck in my head sometimes, decided to help crossbreed two of the most popular memes of all time when he sang Rick Astley’s hit. People were already “Tayrolling” people by sending “Chocolate Rain” and so he recorded this video to help. Well played, Tay, well played.
3. NCAA Women’s Basketball Game Gets Surprise Entertainment
A college student played the song as a prank during an NCAA Women’s basketball game, which led to the article in the New York Times. The coverage that resulted from this is amazing, although it may be the beginning of the end. The trench coat and Rick moves were a nice touch. Sidenote: it’s strange to me that women’s college basketball has female cheerleaders.
Someone sent a singing telegram rickroll to a company exec during a corporate meeting. It can’t be long before this becomes commonplace and people at work start saying “hey Bill, we have a really important meeting right now, meet me in the conference room” only to be met by a Rick Astley impersonator in a trench coat, singing and dancing awkwardly.
1. Family Guy: Epic Win
Seth MacFarlane, you sir are a genius. Before most people had any awareness of what a rickroll was, Seth rickroll’d America on national television. Those of us in the know were in awe of what we were watching. Millions of people watched, unaware, as Brian serenaded the dance with “a song by a gay guy” and played his keytar in this awesome Back to the Future parody.
Honorable mention: Carson Daly – Late-night Rickroll
I applaud Carson‘s use of traditional media to rickroll the audience. His set-up was funny, but the problem was, he only played a portion of the video and his follow-through left much to be desired. That cheesy “rickrolled” stamp they superimposed on the mildly-amused audience didn’t help. What was great about Family Guy’s rickroll was its subtlety, while Carson‘s didn’t have that.
Honorable mention: Telemarketer Gets Rickroll’d
This video hasn’t gotten the attention of the other videos as it’s new but it made me laugh when I saw it. “You’ve never heard of Rickroll’d? I find that surprising, since they’re your competition.”