Rubber chicken sings cover of 'Despacito.'

Sceengrab via Franco Muñoz/YouTube

The hot new ‘Despacito’ cover is sung by a rubber chicken

It's squawkin' good.


Kris Seavers

Internet Culture

Published Nov 24, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 10:05 am CDT

If you thought the hype was over for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s summer smash hit “Despacito,” you were wrong.

A hot new cover of the catchy track is making the rounds on the internet—and the singer is literally just a rubber chicken named Mr. Chicken.

YouTube user Franco Muñoz uploaded the chicken’s rendition of the song back in September, but Reddit picked up the video Friday, helping it rack up more than 30,000 views.

In the video, Mr. Chicken appears to have a professional recording setup, including a microphone and—to guarantee he doesn’t fudge the words like Justin Bieber did—the lyrics on a screen in front of him.

It’s no surprise that little-known artists like Mr. Chicken would make their own attempts at the song. In July, the original “Despacito” track became the most-streamed song of all time, and with 3 billion views, the music video is the most-viewed YouTube video of all time. Even Sesame Street did a rendition. 

As for the chicken version, Reddit user Dontpanicmatt summed up the emotional journey of watching such a thing.

“I was going to say this is really cool,” Dontpanicmatt wrote, “and then realized I’m watching a fucking rubber chicken doing a cover on the internet.”

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*First Published: Nov 24, 2017, 5:00 pm CST