Rick Astley Albums Ranked

Richard Paul Astley (born 6 February 1966) is an English singer, songwriter, and radio personality. He rose to fame through his association with the production trio Stock Aitken Waterman; his 1987 recording of their song “Never Gonna Give You Up” was a number 1 hit single in 25 countries, winning the 1988 Brit Award for Best British Single. By the time of his retirement in 1993, Astley had sold approximately 40 million records worldwide. Astley made a comeback in 2007, becoming an Internet phenomenon when the music video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” became integral to the meme known as “rickrolling”. Astley was voted “Best Act Ever” by Internet users at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008, and his 2016 album 50 debuted in the UK at No. 1. Here are all of Rick Astley albums ranked.

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9. The Best Of Me (2019)

“Rick Astley’s The Best Of Me is very, very beautiful. With lots of great hits like Never Gonna Give You Up, Together Forever, She Want’s To Dance With Me, Hold Me In Your Arms, Beautiful Life, Keep Singing and many other hits, this double LP in blue vinyl is a must for any music lover. Rick Astley’s voice is simply unmistakable, unique and wonderful to listen.”

8. Keep It Turned On (2001)

” thought this particular album was very refreshing. It’s a great album to listen to in the car when fighting traffic. I’ll admit I generally skip over the slower tempo songs, but I think you’ll find yourself singing along to such songs as “Sleeping” or “Keep It Turned On.” I particularly liked “Wanna Believe You” and “Let’s Go Out Tonight.”

7. 50 (2016)

“What a wonderful collection of songs rewarding long-time Rick fans with another worthy CD to add to our collection of his albums. Sorry to have missed his appearance in San Diego last month and even sorrier after listening to this album. Nothing beats a live performance. I’ve already listened to this CD over and over.”

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6. Beautiful Life (2018)

“The songs are all catchy, although the lyrics are often very believing, so I like every single title, I don’t have one album. And I have a truly colorful taste. Fascinating that Rick Astley wrote, sang and produced the entire album himself.”

5. Body & Soul (1993)

“Rick Astley is truly a gift to us and his talent as a soulful singer is showcased in this disc. One of the best songs that you can only find on this album is “Enough Love.” This is definitely a good choice for anyone who liked Rick’s 80s synthesizer material and want to hear a truly talented side of his.”

4. Free (1991)

“Rick’s yearning vocals and the backup vocals of the Andrae Crouch singers bring out a total building intensity.It’s one song that people will really come to this album for a good case for Astley’s creative control here.On “Move Right Out” and “Never Knew Love” the easy groove of Brit Soul make an appearance.As for the two Mark King co-compositions “Be With You” is a furious funk-rocker that really excites while “Really Got A Problem” tends more towards the poppy side of things;would’ve been a good single.Another big potential single here is “This Must Be Heaven”,kind of a retro soul bounce to the whole thing and a hook that cannot be beat.”

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3. Greatest Hits (2002)

“Rick Astley had one of the great voices of the late 80’s but hasn’t been seen on the charts for a long time. This is really to bad because he had one of the best male voices around. Some of the songs have that 80’s beat to them, but it is fun to listen to the range and volume in Astley’s voice. Filled with love songs and nice melodies, this is a must addition to any 80’s collection.”

2. Hold Me In Your Arms (1988)

“Rick never lost any of his punch with his second album, “Hold me in your arms”. The first single of this album “ain’t to proud to beg” went top 3 in October 1988, on the AMS top 20, and also scored modestly on the ARIA charts. This album also contains “take me to your heart” and “She wants to dance with me”, which both come across with heavily infectious dance grooves. Other monster album tracks include, “Dial my number” and “Giving up on love”, both good upbeat multi harmony sounding songs.”

1. Whenever You Need Somebody (1987)

“Personally, I think it has strong tracks other than his signature song. The three opening songs are all pretty similar in terms of both quality and style (and that bombastic string intro sounds almost copy-pasted in those three songs, it’s quite funny). Noteworthy especially is the crazy syncopation in the title track’s verses and the madly cheesy version of “When I Fall in Love” as an album closer. Only a decade like the 1980s could something like this!”