Lyrics from the song are sung at various points by the main characters in Brian Friel's famous play, Dancing at Lughnasa, with Porter's song on the wireless radio representing modern society finally reaching the rural Irish setting.
American singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga released their version of "Anything Goes" as the lead single from their upcoming collaborative jazz album Cheek to Cheek (2014). It premiered on July 29, 2014, along with an accompanying behind-the-scenes video released on Gaga's Vevo channel, featuring clips of the recording and performing of the song in New York City. It was also made available for digital download through the iTunes Store the same day.
Bennett had initially covered "Anything Goes" for his seventh studio album, Strike Up the Band (1959) and Gaga first came to know of it when she was 13 years old. Gaga thought that "Anything Goes" was a funny track with a "real sexy, powerful vibe to it, and it's just because we're having fun singing it." The version on Cheek to Cheek finds Gaga and Bennett swapping the lyrics between themselves, and was described by Bobby Olivier, from The Star-Ledger, as "smooth as silk". The syllables are pronounced strongly by Gaga in syncopation while her vibrato complimented Bennett's characteristic jazz vocals and swing. Olivier added, "Gaga's voice, when stripped of its bells and whistles, showcases a timelessness that lends itself well to the genre." Instrumentation for the song comes from horns, cymbals and saxophones.