The song was later covered by The Beach Boys for their album Beach Boys' Party! in 1965. In 1967, The Freshmen scored a Top 10 hit with the song in Ireland. Versions by both The Sharonettes and Gary Glitter made the UK Top 40 in 1975.
Together with The Rivingtons' 1963 novelty song, "The Bird's the Word", "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" was the basis for the song "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen. Notably, a cover version by The Persuasions was briefly heard in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.