For many people, casino gaming is a good way to relax at the end of a busy working day. The chance to unwind with a few spins of your favorite slot game, or a few hands of your preferred card game can be a nice way to wind down from the stresses and strains of the day.
Of course, when you play these games you can take in all the sights and sounds that each one has to offer, but for many people, whether they are playing on their desktop, laptop or from a mobile device, they may prefer another type of audio accompaniment.
Music, we are told, is the food of love but it can also sustain you when you are enjoying a few spins on your favourite game. So with that in mind, we have put together a perfect playlist for your preferred music provider of choice.
We think you will be hard pushed to find a better top ten of gambling themed songs as your audio accompaniment to casino gaming as this lot! What do you reckon?
Gamblin’ Man – Lonnie Donegan
We’re heading back to the 1950s for our first in our playlist for punters. Famous Skiffle artist Lonnie Donegan wrote this cracker with Woody Guthrie which reached number 1 in the UK in 1957 and stayed there for two weeks. Famous for being the last UK number 1 to be released on the 78rpm format. Jimmy Page said this song was a big influence for him when he was a youngster and you can’t get a much better recommendation than that.
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Ok, this isn’t technically a song about gambling, however it is one laden with plenty of gambling references throughout. Lady Gaga’s smash hit taken from her album The Fame, hit the top spot in numerous countries around the world and became a smash hit success, nominated for song of the year and record of the year, as well as winning the Grammy Award for the best dance recording of 2008.
Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen
The first of two gambling mecca’s mentioned by name in our playlist here. One of “The Boss’s” most underrated songs tells of a man of a young couple down on his luck, with hardly any money, and wondering if he should turn to organised crime to make ends meet after moving to Atlantic City. The Boss recorded a hard rock version but it was the demo version of the song that proved the most popular.
Luck Be A Lady – Frank Sinatra
A casino playlist would not be complete without at least one song from the man who made Las Vegas his own personal playground at the height of his fame. Rat Packer Frank Sinatra had a hit with the fantastic Luck Be A Lady, a song about a gambler who hopes that he is going to win a bet he has placed to save his relationship with the woman he loves. Marlon Brando sang the song in the 1955 film Guys and Dolls. However it is Sinatra’s 1965 version that we think best fits the bill.
The Winner Takes It All – Abba
Although a song more about the breakdown of a relationship (specifically, the relationship between two Abba members who had gone through a divorce prior to the song being written), it is a hauntingly beautiful song that contains many different references to gambling and the concept of winning, and more stingingly, losing.
Deuces Are Wild – Aerosmith
Admittedly, Steve Tyler doesn’t overburden us with poker references in this Aerosmith classic, but any poker game where Deuces are wild means that drawing or being dealt a two is the equal of drawing the top card you require. Written in 1988, the song was used on the compilation album The Beavis And Butt-Head Experience in 1993 and released as a single in 1994.
The Jack – AC/DC
An interesting song in many ways. This AC/DC song featured Bon Scott on vocals and the poker and gambling terms used in the song often masked the true meaning, The Jack being Australian slang for Gonorrhoea. Other terms covered a variety of other STD’s or had more explicit meanings and in later versions many of the poker references have been replaced.
Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
Perhaps the most famous song ever made that mentions the famous gambling Mecca of Las Vegas. Everything about the city is summer up perfectly in this Elvis Presley classic, which was taken from the hit musical film of the same name in which he starred with Ann-Margret. Elvis never sang the song live, but despite that it proved a huge hit, especially with holidaymakers to the famous Sin City.
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
A true country classic that earned Kenny Rogers a Grammy Award. The story of an old, alcoholic gambler imparting his wisdom to a younger friend for a drag of whisky from his bottle, is one of the most iconic gambling songs of all time. A timeless classic that simply has to find a place near the very top of this list.
1. Ace of Spades – Motorhead
There is no better gambling song you can find than Motorhead’s classic Ace of Spades. Although Lemmy wrote the song using phrases from card games and dice games, Lemmy was an avid slots games player but famously said “I’m more into one-arm bandits actually, but you can’t really sing about spinning fruit and the wheels coming down.” As well as the original rock and roll version, there is a fantastic acoustic version while many bands have done excellent covers (including Hayseed Dixie’s Bluegrass version).
If you wanted to add a few more to your playlist outside the ten we have mentioned above, some other songs perfect for casino gamers include:
- The Angel and The Gambler – Iron Maiden
- Casino Boogie – Rolling Stones
- Deal – Jerry Garcia
- Easy Money – Billy Joel
- Rambling, Gambling Willie – Bob Dylan
- The Card Cheat – The Clash
- That Was a Crazy Game Of Poker – O.A.R
- Good Run of Bad Luck – Clint Black
- Shape Of My Heart – Sting
- Still The Same – Bob Seger