10 of the Best Rickrolling Videos


Apparently, the concept of Rickrolling dates back to May of 2007.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term – and I imagine it’s only a handful of you – “Rickrolling” is essentially setting someone up to watch a video clip of something, only to ambush them with Rick Astley’s video for “Never Gonna Give You Up.”  The concept spread like wildfire, and people came up with new and clever ways to incorporate Astley’s video into a variety of other media.  Even the New York Mets were not immune to getting Rickrolled.

Look, I know that a lot of Rickrolling videos are juvenile and lazy, but some are actually pretty clever.  I know that there’s a bunch that make me laugh, but I’m often more impressed with the choices people make as to where to stick the Astley video/song.  And if you don’t like that, I’ll tell you where you can stick it.  After the jump, take a look at 10 of the best Rickrolling videos I could find.

HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey


Bill O’Reilly flipping out


Rick himself Rickrolling the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Niko Bellic from GTA IV


Fox 23 News 


John McClane gets Rickrolled by Ellis


The infamous Mets Rickroll


Angry German Kid


Mr. Burns and The Simpsons


Vince McMahon on RAW


  • Icemand

    The HAL 9000 one is pure gold.

    I remember seeing one on live TV where one of the people in the crowd held up a sign saying “never gonna give you up” behind the newscasters. I can’t seem to find the video though.

  • Justin

    What no Barack Roll’d? That was awesome

  • xtheenderx

    Haha these were great! Very creative! Although I do get tired sometimes when people just over do it. Especially when I’m looking for a specific clip for reference and the only videos available are the rick rolls 😛

  • Madison

    @ IcemanD

    The HAL 9000 one is my favorite…it’s very, very well done, and it does kind of come out of nowhere.

    I’d love to see a video clip of that sign.

    @ Justin

    I didn’t see that one…have a link?

    @ xtheenderz

    Yes, it’s never fun when you’re the one being Rickrolled.

  • IcemanD

    @Madison: I can’t find a video but after some searching I did find a pic —> http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3253/2909212257_0a4222be88.jpg?v=0

  • Madison

    @ IcemanD

    Ha! Thanks a lot!

  • Laura

    This song has been stuck in my head allll day. Thanks a lot!

    The Macy’s one was hilarious. I remember watching it and I about died of laughter. My family had no clue what was happening.

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