Greatest rickrolls

I think the ultimate rickroll would be one where you’re not even aware rickrolling is going on.

And I think that happened some time in 2006 / 2007 during Ian Benardo’s audition in So You Think You Can Dance? Never mind the that apparently the first “official” rickroll happened in May 2007 on 4chan’s video game board.

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If Benardo were like any other ordinary contestant, probably nobody would’ve noticed, but he’s probably the cockiest reality talent show contestant ever, with his “outspoken claims to superstardom, his argumentative style, camp retorts and inventive use of language.” During his audition, his dance entry was criticized by the judging panel. During the ensuing altercation, judge Nigel Lythgoe told him “you’re wasting our time”.

The following are fake, yet I think still deserves to be in the list of the greatest rickrolls ever:

How about Hitler being rickrolled? This is probably the greatest combination of 2 popular internet memes – rickrolling and “Hitler Knows”:

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And how about Senator John McCain being “Barack Rolled” at the Republican National Convention? Unfortunately it never happened; the “Barack Roll” image was displayed on the giant blue sky background that was behind John McCain during parts of his speech; the video was pieced together from footage of the event.

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Then there’s the rickroll which rode on the Wikileaks bandwagon, called the single most damning wikileaks cable:

Saturday, 12 December 1998, 16:13
S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 LONDON 000368
NOFORN
SIPDIS
DOE FOR GPERSON, CHAYLOCK
EO 12958 DECL: 12/12/2018
TAGS EPET, ENRG, PGOV, RS”>RS, NI
SUBJECT: ENGLAND: RELIABILITY AND LONGEVITY OF UK-US RELATIONSHIP CONFIRMED
REF: A. LONDON 365 B. LONDON 366
Classified By: Consul General Robbie Honerkamp for reasons 1.4 (B) and (D )

1. (S/NF) Summary: We’re no strangers to love. You know the rules and so do I.
A full commitment’s what I’m thinking of. You wouldn’t get this from any other guy.
I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling. Gotta make you understand.

2. (C/NF) Chorus: Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

3. (S/NF) We’ve known each other for so long Your heart’s been aching but You’re too shy to say it
Inside we both know what’s been going on We know the game and we’re gonna play it
And if you ask me how I’m feeling Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see

4. (C/NF) Chorus: Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

5. (C/NF) Chorus: Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

6. (C/NF) Background Singers: (Ooh, give you up) (Ooh, give you up) (Ooh) Never gonna give, never gonna give (Give you up) (Ooh) Never gonna give, never gonna give (Give you up)

7. (S/NF) We’ve know each other for so long Your heart’s been aching but You’re too shy to say it
Inside we both know what’s been going on We know the game and we’re gonna play it
I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling Gotta make you understand

8. (C/NF) Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

9. (C/NF) Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

10. (C/NF) Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you. ASTLEY

Perhaps the only thing that can top these is Mr Astley’s song suddenly filling the air while one is busy fiddling with POS systems in a busy supermarket.

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