Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rick Astley vs Take That

The first song I have chosen for this blog is the infamous Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up.

This song was first released in 1987 and became a worldwide number one hit, it later won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. Obviously this songs popularity today is largely due to the phenomon known as Rickrolling, whereby someone will trick you into watching the video by pretending that it's something else. This has become such a popular thing to do that on April Fools Day of 2008 several major companies, including YouTube decided to rickroll all of their featured videos for the entire day.

In 2008 Rick Astley won the MTV EMA award for Best Act Ever, as voted by the people. While this song is largely viewed as a joke by many people, the lyrics do still have resonance in todays world. It is about a man telling a girl he loves how he feels about her. He's saying that's he never going to forget her, how he's always going to be there for her, and of course, how he's never going to give her up.

For my second song, I have chosen Patience by Take That.

Released in 2006, Patience is the first song on Take That's comeback album, Beautiful World. As With Rick Astley's song, Patience is all about love, however this time it is love lost. This song also won the Best British Single Award at the 2007 Brit Awards, and was voted The Record of the Year for 2006.

I think that one of the main reasons this song will still be popular in thirty or so years time is that the message of this song never grows old, people will always be losing their loved ones for one reason or another, and this song encapsulates that feeling.

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