Ain't That a Kick in the Head?

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"Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" is a pop song 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 in a swinging big band jazz arrangement conducted by Nelson Riddle. Martin performed the song in the 1960 heist film 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, Ray Quinn, Hazell Dean and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. It also appeared in the soundtracks for films including Ocean's Thirteen, Goodfellas, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and A Bronx Tale, and the video games Fallout: New Vegas and Mafia II. It was later used as the soundtrack to a commercial for Budweiser, which was broadcast during Super Bowl XLI.

Irish boy band Westlife covered "Ain't That A Kick In The Head" as the third and final single from their fifth studio album ...Allow Us to Be Frank in 2004.

Martin's daughter, 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.

The song was released as a duet with Kevin Spacey for the posthumous album Forever Cool (2007).

Has been in the soundtrack of Fallout New Vegas (2010)


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