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Wielding a rich, deep voice, Rick Astley became an overnight sensation in the late '80s with his well-crafted dance-pop. Astley was discovered by producer Pete Waterman in 1985, when the Merseyside native was singing in the English soul band FBI. After that, Waterman's production team -- Stock, Aitken & Waterman -- took Astley under their wing, writing and producing such impeccably crafted pop singles as "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Together Forever." After two hugely successful albums in the U.S. and the U.K., Astley grew tired of being labeled Stock, Aitken & Waterman's "puppet" and severed his connections with the team; he resurfaced in 1991 with the soul-injected Free, which contained the Top Ten hit "Cry for Help." Free didn't fare as well as its two predecessors, however, and the follow-up effort, Body & Soul, was an outright flop. Astley retired from music for a time, only to return in the 2000s with several new releases, including 2005's Portrait. He also became the subject of "Rickrolling," an Internet phenomenon involving the video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" and a series of bait and switch tactics. During the 2010s, Astley remained in the public eye via touring and with a stint as a DJ for London's Magic FM, but didn't release any new music until 2016's 50, which was named after and inspired by the singer's milestone birthday. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
Rick Astley

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    1 song

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    Dance

    13 songs

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    Portrait

    10 songs

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    Hold Me in Your Arms

    10 songs

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    Body & Soul

    11 songs

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    Free

    10 songs

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    Whenever You Need Somebody

    1 song

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    Angels on My Side

    1 song

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    Keep Singing

    2 songs

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    Dance Vault Mixes - Together Forever/I'll Never Set You Free

    1 song

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    Hopelessly

    16 songs

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    Greatest Hits [Germany]

    12 songs

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    Platinum & Gold Collection

    17 songs

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    The Greatest Hits

    31 songs

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    3 Originals

    15 songs

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    Playlist: The Very Best of Rick Astley

    11 songs

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    Keep It Turned On

    14 songs

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    Never Gonna Give You Up

    18 songs

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    The Best of Rick Astley

    17 songs

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    The Ultimate Collection

    14 songs

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    Love Songs

    16 songs

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    Greatest Hits [UK Bonus Track]

    12 songs

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    50

    4 songs

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    4 Hits

    31 songs

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    Hold Me in Your Arms

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Top Songs by
Rick Astley

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    Popularity
  2.   Never Gonna Give You Up
  3.   Together Forever
  4.   It Would Take a Strong Strong Man
  5.   She Wants to Dance with Me
  6.   Whenever You Need Somebody
  7.   Cry for Help
  8.   Hopelessly
  9.   [CD-ROM Track]
  10.   I Can't Help Falling in Love (With You)
  11.   Take Me to Your Heart
  12.   Hold Me in Your Arms
  13.   Keep It Turned On
  14.   When I Fall in Love
  15.   Move Right Out
  16.   Never Knew Love
  17.   This Must Be Heaven
  18.   My Arms Keep Missing You
  19.   Dance
  20.   Let It Rain
  21.   Somebody Loves Me
  22.   Hold Me to Your Arms
  23.   You Belong to Me
  24.   These Foolish Things
  25.   And I Love You So
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Rick Astley

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    20 Greatest Music Hoaxes

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    One-Hit Wonders

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    55 Songs You Think Suck

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    RockTheBorder

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    '80s #1 Hits

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    Singing In The Shower

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    Sing-A-Long Songs

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    Sunday In The Park

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    '80s Hits

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    Classic Hits

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    Soft Hits

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    Disco Deep Dive

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    All-Time Hits


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