"Cry for Help" is the title of the first single taken from Britishdance-pop singer Rick Astley's third studio album, Free. It was written by Rick Astley and Rob Fisher.
Released as a single in January 1991, "Cry for Help" reached the Top 10 on both the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom as well as the U.S.Billboard Hot 100 chart, where the song peaked at No. 7 on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached No. 3 in Canada, and it was a No. 1 hit on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. The song's No. 7 UK chart placing meant that Astley became the first male solo artist to have his first eight singles reach the British Top 10.
The song is a moving soul ballad, unlike many of Astley's other more famous dance-oriented hit singles ("Never Gonna Give You Up"). It was co-written by British singer-songwriterRob Fisher, formerly one half of the 1980s pop group Naked Eyes and Climie Fisher. To date, the song was Astley's last appearance in the Top 10 in either the U.S. or U.K.