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