Ain't That a Kick in the Head?

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"Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" is a hook-laden song that was written in 1960 with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. It was first recorded on May 10, 1960 by Dean Martin, with conducting by Nelson Riddle. Martin performed the song in Ocean's 11 in an alternate arrangement featuring vibraphonist Red Norvo and his quartet.


The song has been recorded by many performers, including Wolfgang Parker, Robbie Williams, David Slater, Dean Martin, Westlife, Ray Quinn, Hazell Dean and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. It also appeared in the soundtracks for Ocean's Thirteen, Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale, I Love You, Man, Fools Rush In and Vegas Vacation, and was the opening theme for Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road. It was also used as the soundtrack to a commercial for Budweiser, which was broadcast during Super Bowl XLI. It was one of the musical selections played during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2008. It also is used in the video games Mafia II and The Godfather II. The song can be heard on in-game radio stations in the video game Fallout: New Vegas, and is also the name of a quest and an achievement title in that game. Deana Martin recorded “Ain't That A Kick in the Head” in 2005. The song was released on the album Memories Are Made of This in 2006 by Big Fish Records.

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In the series Hawaii Five-0 (the new, current version of the show) in February 2015, the song is played at the end of the episode "Powehiwehi" while the heavy guy with long curly hair is driving down a very beautiful, scenic road.

In the 2013 series The Blacklist the song is played as one of the characters dines in a lavish hotel room.

In the 2013 film The Butler, the song is played at the beginning of the 1960 scenes.

In the 2012 film Hitchcock, the song is played when Scarlett Johansson (as Janet Leigh) makes her first entrance.

In the 2012 series Vegas, the song is played in a scene containing a Mafia assassination.

In the 2010 video game Fallout: New Vegas, the song is played on one of the in-game radio stations.

In the 2010 video game Mafia 2, the song is played on one of the in-game radio stations.

Steve Jobs played the song on his iPod touch to show its "cover flow" feature during one of his famous keynote speeches.

Martin's version was in a scene in the 1999 Mel Gibson crime drama Payback while he kicks a rival in the head.

The song was featured in the 2006 comedy film Let's Go to Prison.

The song was featured in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation entitled "All In".

In 2007, the song was featured in an episode of American Dad! entitled "Meter Made".

An instrumental version of the song featured in the opening of the Glee episode "Showmance".

The song is performed by "The Rat Pack Is Back" in the 2010 comedy film Get Him to the Greek.

In 2001 the song was featured in an episode of Six Feet Under entitled "The Will".

In 2000/2001 the song was performed by Marty Hopkirk (Vic Reeves/ Jim Moir) in Randall and Hopkirk(Deceased)

The Dean Martin version is used in the Moscow prison scene of 2011 action film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.[1]

In the final episode of The Sopranos‍ '​ 4th season ("Whitecaps"), Dean Martin's version is played loudly from Tony Soprano's boat just offshore from the house of an attorney, disruptively pressuring the attorney into releasing Tony's deposit on a house he no longer intends to move into. The song is also sung by a wedding band in the season six episode "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request...."

The Dean Martin version of the song was featured in "Kanes and Abel's", an episode of the American television series Veronica Mars.[2]


  1. ^ "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Music Of Veronica Mars: Episode 1-17: "Kanes and Abel's"". Mars Investigations: The (In)Complete Guide to Veronica Mars. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 

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