I've Got You Under My Skin

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"I've Got You Under My Skin"
Song by Frank Sinatra
from the album Songs for Swingin' Lovers
Released March 1956 (1956-03)
Length 3:40
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Cole Porter
Producer(s) Voyle Gilmore

"I've Got You Under My Skin" is a song written by Cole Porter in 1936. It was introduced in the Eleanor Powell MGM musical Born to Dance, in which it was performed by Virginia Bruce. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song that year. It became a signature song for Frank Sinatra and, in 1966, became a top 10 hit for the Four Seasons. The song has been recorded by many leading pop artists and jazz musicians over the years.

Frank Sinatra versions[edit]

Frank Sinatra first sang the song on his weekly radio show in 1946, as the second part of a medley with "Easy to Love". He put his definitive stamp on the tune ten years later, in a swinging big-band version that built to successive climaxes on the back of an arrangement by Nelson Riddle. Riddle was a fan of Maurice Ravel, and has said that this arrangement was inspired by the Boléro.[1] Sinatra aficionados usually rank this as one of his finest collaborations with Riddle's orchestra. An insistent saxophone section propels the chart which climaxes in a startlingly out-of-control slide trombone solo by Milt Bernhart. Appreciating the excitement of the arrangement, Sinatra usually included the song in his concerts thereafter—a tradition carried on by Sinatra's son, Frank Jr.[2]

Sinatra re-recorded "I've Got You Under My Skin" for the album Sinatra's Sinatra (1963), an album of re-recordings of his personal favorites. This time the trombone solo was by Dick Nash because Bernhart was booked for another session.

A live version of the song also appears on the 1966 album "Sinatra at the Sands" featuring Count Basie and his orchestra.

In 1993, Sinatra recorded a version as a duet with Bono of U2 for the album Duets. It was also released as a double A-side single with U2's "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)", and a music video was directed by Kevin Godley. The song was in the movie What Women Want the character Darcy played by Helen Hunt is singing along with the song.

Neneh Cherry version[edit]

"I've Got You Under My Skin"
Neneh Cherry 'I've Got You Under My Skin' 7" single.jpg
Single by Neneh Cherry
from the album Red Hot + Blue
Released 1990 (1990)
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:46
Label Circa
Songwriter(s) Cole Porter
Neneh Cherry singles chronology
"Inna City Mamma"
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
"Money Love"

Neneh Cherry's hip-hop interpretation of the song in 1990 was the lead single for the Red Hot + Blue charity album, and reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart. The music video was directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

Neneh Cherry replaced most of the lyrics with a rap on AIDS victims and how society reacts to them. Of the original Cole Porter lyrics, she kept only the first four lines and "Use your mentality, wake up to reality".

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts) 61
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 27
Germany (Official German Charts) 23
Greece (IFPI)[4] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 32
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 25


In popular culture[edit]

In 1946, in the comedy movie, The Show-Off, Red Skelton and Marilyn Maxwell sing an abbreviated version of the song.

In 1952, Stan Freberg produced a parody of the song.

In 1977, in The Muppet Show episode 119, Behemoth eats Shakey Sanchez and they then sang this number, with Shakey still alive in Behemoth's mouth.

In 1986, the song featured in the BBC TV series The Singing Detective performed by the BBC Dance Orchestra.

In 1988, Vanish Foamin’ toilet bowl cleaner ran a TV commercial with an animated toilet crooning a reworded lyric, ”I’ve Got You Under My Rim”.[12][13][14]

In 1993, The song was used in The Flintstones' movie I Yabba-Dabba Do!

In 2004, The song was used in the Treehouse of Horror XV episode of The Simpsons

The film Gamer includes the Sammy Davis Jr. version of the song in a musical number in which Ken Castle, the villain (played by Michael C. Hall), lip-syncs it to show he has the ability to control people with technology.

In Star Trek: Deep Space 9, a holographic version of Vic Fontaine sings this song during Odo and Major Kira's first date in the episode "His Way"

Tyreese, a character from The Walking Dead, sang this song to his girlfriend in the second episode of Season 4.

Sinatra's version is played during the opening sequence for the 2015 video game Batman: Arkham Knight during the cremation of The Joker.

The song is performed by Seth Macfarlane in the episode of American Dad! "Tears of a Clooney" while Francine attempts to falsely seduce George Clooney into falling in love with her.

In the M*A*S*H episode, George, Captain John "Trapper" McIntyre sings the song during an operation.

In Hardcore Henry, the eponymous character's handicapped ally, Jimmy, sings the song as he demonstrates his ability to enter and leave various bodies through futuristic technology.

Sinatra's cover was on an episode of Castle when Beckett and Castle sang it in the shower after missing an NYPD talent show.


  1. ^ Levinson, Peter J. "September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle", via Google Books, p. 129.
  2. ^ Obituary: Milt Bernhart, trombonist who got under Sinatra's skin, The Guardian, London, 4 February 2004
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Neneh Cherry – I've Got You Under My Skin" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Top 10 Greece" (PDF). Music & Media. December 22, 1990. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Neneh Cherry" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Neneh Cherry – I've Got You Under My Skin" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Neneh Cherry – I've Got You Under My Skin". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Neneh Cherry – I've Got You Under My Skin". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Neneh Cherry – I've Got You Under My Skin". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Neneh Cherry: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  11. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ "1988 SINGING TOILET ad: "I've Got You Under My Rim" - YouTube". M.youtube.com. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  13. ^ "Cole Porter (Music)". TV Tropes. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  14. ^ JOAN BROOKWELL (1989-05-19). "Few Notable Pitches Should Be Pitched". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 

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