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Bob Marley

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MMDE: Bob Marley sang "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

Current: Bob Marley didn't sing "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

Reggae legend Bob Marley is super famous the world over for his genre-defining reggae work, but was one of them the song "Don't Worry Be Happy"? Many people remember it was, but references today show he didn't.

The song was released in 1988 by Bobby McFerrin, has the same catchy style Marley was known for, and won a Grammy award for the song of the year. It even appears in the Rolling Stone list of the 15 best whistling songs of all time.

But although Marley recorded many, many classics of his own, this wasn't one of them.

Bobby McFerrin

The 1988 original is seen today as the one from Bobby McFerrin and it held the number one spot for two weeks of the Billboard Hot 100 in that year. It's well-known for featuring a video with Robin Williams and Bill Irwin.