Mr. Bobby

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"Mr. Bobby"
Single by Manu Chao
from the album Próxima Estación: Esperanza
  • "Mr. Bobby" (Politik Kills)
  • "Mr. Bobby" (Wyskyfacile)
Released 9 September 2002
Format CD
Genre Reggae
Length 3:49
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Manu Chao
  • Manu Chao
  • Renaud Letang
Manu Chao singles chronology
"Me Gustas Tú"
"Mr. Bobby"
"Rainin in Paradize"

"Mr. Bobby" is the last single from Manu Chao's second album, Próxima Estación: Esperanza. Originally, the song was released in a stripped-down form without any wind instruments on the "Bongo Bong" single in 1998. The song, which is a tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley, had success in European countries such as Spain, Italy and Switzerland. During live performances, Manu Chao's band performs the "Politik Kills" version as it is more reggae-influenced than the album version (which has the same backing track as "Bongo Bong").

A 23 second sample of Manu Chao's "Mr. Bobby".

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mr. Bobby" (Politik Kills)
  2. "Mr. Bobby" (Wyskyfacile)
  3. "Mr. Bobby"

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced for the song. Like most of Manu Chao's videos at the time, it is mostly animated except for the singer. It featured Joe Mamma aka Anthony Black.


Chart (2002) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[1] 17
France (SNEP)[2] 86
Italy (FIMI)[3] 16
Poland (LP3)[4] 40
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[5] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 60


American musician B.o.B recorded a cover of the song, with original lyrics, which can be found on his fifth mixtape, B.o.B vs. Bobby Ray (2009).[7]