Together Forever

Album: Whenever You Need Somebody (1987)
Charted: 2 1

Songfacts®:

  • The follow-up to Astley's first hit "Never Gonna Give You Up," this song was also written by the British production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman. The songs are similar in tempo and lyrical content, as they find Astley singing about a love that will last forever.

    This marked Astley's second trip to #1 on the US chart, but the single stalled at #2 in the UK while Kylie Minogue's "I Should Be So Lucky" - also a Stock-Aitken-Waterman production - secured the #1 spot.
  • Stock-Aitken-Waterman wanted a follow-up that would solidify the image of the loyal guy with the velvet voice they created with Astley's debut single. "When we'd done all the other tracks, we listened to them and thought... people have already bought 'Never Gonna Give You Up,'" Mike Stock explained to Billboard. "What else is there (on the album) that really does compare? We thought we needed 'Together Forever' to get home to people what Rick could be."
  • Astley found it "kind of bizarre" when this song rose to the top of the American chart. "The first one, 'Never Gonna Give You Up,' had done it in so many countries that it wasn't a total shock and surprise," he told Songfacts. "It was just like, 'Oh my God, it's happened there as well.' But, there was a part of me that thought, I might be one of those guys who manages to squeeze one past them and that might be it. And then the second one, 'Together Forever,' I don't think it was as big a song, but it went to #1 and it got a load of play."
  • This was featured on the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the 2007 episode "The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty McGoo." On the show, the character Dennis is a big Rick Astley fan; an earlier season finds him rocking out to "Never Gonna Give You Up."
  • This was featured on the drama series Cold Case in the 2005 episode "Family."

Comments: 5

  • Christopher from United StatesGood day! I just came here to see your page and I find this interesting one. The songs are similar in tempo and lyrical content, as they find Astley singing about a love that will last forever. Much more on that I am here to showcase this one: build my likes . Guys we are real ang legit.If you aren't sure why not try us? or contact our chat support :) We will wait for you.
  • Miles from Vancouver, CanadaI hate manufactured pop. I hate manufactured pop ballads. In fact, I hate everything that this song represents. There's just one thing...I LOVE THIS SONG!
  • Debbie from Canton, OhI love Rick Astley's music! This song brings back
    good times, the best of fun. I'm sure there's someone out there that someone can relate to with this song. I know I can.
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InOkay, let the flaming begin.
    Rick Astley was quite possibly the most awful "musician" I had the displeasure of being afflicted by in the 1980s.
    His absence from the radio of late is quite welcome, indeed.
  • Eugene from Minneapolis, MnThis was quite a catchy little dance ditty. I like the single remixed version it sounds more rhythmic and urban. It is a shame that none of his records were huge US urban radio hits like I predicted them to be. I still play this song quite a bit.
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