Reddit shared immediately that its most upvoted put up of 2020 was a picture from 1989 posted by Rick Astley, the residing meme himself. Reddit’s Yr in Evaluate blogs is usually a good perception into broader web tradition, and the positioning’s itemizing of the preferred subjects of conversations definitely included the most important subject of the yr: “COVID-19” was talked about over 50.2 million occasions. However additionally they embrace different types of virality as nicely.
Rick Astley is thought for the one “Never Gonna Give You Up” from 1987, which was already a primary worldwide hit even earlier than the music video for the music was used to create the rickrolling meme. Rickrolls have been all the trend through the early 2000s internet, and based mostly on the interactions this r/pics put up has obtained, even individuals who solely know Astley because the man who surprises you by singing “By no means Gonna Give You Up” appear to have emotions in regards to the artist.
Following Astley’s, the second most upvoted put up from 2020 was a brief “story” posted in r/memes, progressively dunking on a flat-earther’s changing YouTube video titles. It’s not as instantly nostalgic as a photograph from the 80’s, however I believe you’ll agree that clowning on folks has an analogous timeless high quality.
The affirmation of Astley’s continued viral standing comes not lengthy after Reddit lastly revealed that 52 million users visit its site daily and that the quantity is rising. That’s lower than different social platforms — there’s a measly 406,000 upvotes on the Astley photograph and 292,000 on the flat-earth meme — however the reality these have been the posts lively customers needed to push up the Reddit charts displays an web inhabitants in search of distraction from a foul yr. It appears some persons are feeling a bit nostalgic for an easier time, on-line and off.