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Never gonna give them up: You know these hits

Rick Astley was 21 when “Never Gonna Give You Up” was released in 1987.  (Courtesy)

It’s time to queue up your playlists as New Kids on the Block’s Mixtape tour brings the boyband to Spokane Arena on Monday night with Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue.

Sure, Astley was 21 years old when “Never Gonna Give You Up” was released in 1987, so the British singer-songwriter is 56 now, and the song has become a rickroll (I’ll wait while you look this up).

But you know these artists’ biggest hits. Let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane, and it’s OK if you break out your cut-off T-shirts, parachute pants, acid-washed jeans and/or legwarmers (you’re welcome):

New Kids on the Block: “Please Don’t Go Girl,” “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” “Hangin’ Tough,” “Covergirl,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind),” “This One’s for the Children,” “Step by Step,” “Tonight,” “If You Go Away,” “Summertime”

Salt-N-Pepa: “Push It,” “Shake Your Thang,” “Expression,” “Do You Want Me,” “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Shoop,” “Whatta Man” with En Vogue

Rick Astley: “Never Gonna Give You Up” (this song hit No. 1 everywhere), “Whenever You Need Somebody,” “When I Fall in Love/My Arms Keep Missing You,” “Together Forever,” “It Would Take a Strong, Strong Man,” “She Wants to Dance With Me,” “Cry for Help”

En Vogue: “Hold On,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” “Free Your Mind,” “Whatta Man” with Salt-N-Pepa, “Don’t Let Go (Love)”