Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” may have been the first big musical meme, but it’s far from the last.
There have been some pretty great musical memes over the years. Who could forget those fun hours spent Rickrolling friends? Since then, we’ve also seen Smash Mouth’s “All Star”, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me” and Santana feat. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty’s “Smooth” all get the meme treatment. The internet moves at an incredible speed. And it’s got us wondering: what kitschy ’90s song will get the meme treatment next?
A new article on The Verge takes a close look at what it takes to make music into a meme and proposes a few likely candidates for future memification. What do you think will be the next song to become a meme?