PEAK POSITION: Number 1 for five weeks in August and September 1987 (Chart History)
COMBINED SALES: 1.12 million (September 2017)
RELEASE DATE: August 1987
WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES: October 2015 (estimated)
An enduring classic pop song, Never Gonna Give You Up finally became a million seller including streams in around 2015, but sold enough physical copies and downloads to become an official million seller in June 2018.
Rick Astley’s debut hit, Never Gonna Give You Up climbed up the charts and reached Number 1 on its fourth week on sale. It stayed at Number 1 for five weeks.
The song sold in huge quantities and was the best selling song of 1987.
In 2008 the song became an internet sensation after ‘Rickrolling‘ became a popular practical joke. People began sending people links which redirected them to the video of Never Gonna Give You Up on YouTube instead.
It’s not the only Rick Astley meme to do the rounds:
By September 2017 combined sales were reported as 1.12 million including 997,000 sales and 123,000 streams.
The song finally sold enough downloads to become an official million seller in June 2018.