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The single proved successful, charting high in several countries worldwide. It became Cher's first million-selling single and her first top 3 hit in the UK (and her last until "The Shoop-Shoop Song" reached No. 1 in 1991).
Critic Tim Sendra, in his album review of The Sonny Side of Cher, gave the song a mixed review: "The only track that has any real zest is the Bono-written novelty 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),' the kind of dramatic song Cher could knock out in her sleep but also a song with no real heart."
Nancy Sinatra recorded one of the best-known covers of the song, for her 1966 album How Does That Grab You? Her version features tremolo guitar, played by her arranger, Billy Strange; and had a resurgence in popularity when it was used in the opening credits of the 2003 Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill Volume 1. In the sequence preceding the credits, Tarantino creates a literal, bloody interpretation of the song's chorus and the third verse, about a wedding day.
Her version also was the theme for BBC coverage of the 2005 Wimbledon tennis championships, and has been sampled on several hip-hop recordings, including the Audio Bullys (featuring Nancy Sinatra) top 3 UK hit "Shot You Down" in 2005.
The song was also very popular in Italy in 1967 when it was covered in Italian by Dalida. The song reached #1 and stayed for 2 months winning her a gold record. Following her recording, several italian singers like Mina, and the psychedelic bands Equipe 84 and I Corvi covered her version. Her version was also included as main song of 2010 drama film Heartbeats.
Monophonics, a funk band from San Francisco on the 2012 album "In Your Brain".
Alternative rock group Nico Vega for their album Lead To Light. Used for the TV advertisements for the 2013 cable TV miniseries Bonnie & Clyde. This version also appears on the "Grace & Frankie" soundtrack.
8-year-old Angelina Jordan Astar [b. Jan. 10, 2006], on the semi-finals of Norske Talenter (Norway's Got Talent) on April 12, 2014. The talent show's judges voted her into the finals, which she won the following month.