Music often makes an event seem even more poignant. With gambling, the thrill is already there, but music can definitely add to the experience.
From Frank Sinatra to Motörhead, and from country to pop, many singers have added to the list of great gambling songs. To give you the edge, we’ve narrowed down our top favourite for you to listen to.
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Poker Face was released in 2009 and was a defining song of the year, launching Lady Gaga into instant fame. The song went on to become one of the best selling singles to date. Written by Lady Gaga and produced by RedOne, the song is apparently not about gambling at all, but has become synonymous with the game and all that it entails.
Poker Face was number one for weeks across the globe, and has been covered numerous times. This song changed up the late 2000’s music scene and introduced a pop version of dance that could spread on mainstream media.
Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas is the unofficial anthem for Las Vegas, and if you ever get a chance to visit Sin City you will definitely hear it played a time or two (or ten). This classic song only peaked at number 29 on the Hot 100 in 1964, which seems unlikely if you think of how famous this song is today.
Elvis never sang this song live, it was from the 1964 movie of the same name Viva Las Vegas, with Presley playing a race car driver who falls in love in Vegas. Though the plot line was a bit thin, the movie is still a classic, and this song represents the thrill of the Sin City to perfection.
Motörhead – Ace of Spades
If you like your music a little side of heavy rock, Ace of Spades is the song for you. This single by Motörhead was released in 1980, and shows off lead singer Lemmy Kilmister’s gravelly voice to perfection. The songs theme is all about the Ace Of Spades, but that is a metaphor for the changeable nature of life, due to the fact that an Ace is considered the highest card in a deck – but in other games it can be worthless.
This track is one of metal’s greatest, it was an instant classic, and Motörhead played it at every concert they played after its release. Lemmy was also an avid gambler and he loved the thrill of Video Poker and other similar card games like online Blackjack, so it’s easy to see where the inspiration came from for the song.
Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
The Gambler was written by songwriter Don Schlitz in 1976, and was covered by a few artists including Johnny Cash, but was not a success. Kenny Rogers then covered the song in 1979, and his country-pop style version was an instant hit.
The song is written about gambling, but again it is a song that refers to a philosophy in life – of knowing how to live it, and when a fight is worth the battle.
Kenny Rogers has always found it ironic that one of his biggest hits was about gambling and neither him nor the songs original writer were that fond of the topic!
Frank Sinatra – Luck Be A Lady
Frank Loesser wrote luck Be A Lady in 1950 for the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. But once Old Blue Eyes released his version, it became one of his signature songs.
The musical was made into a movie in 1955, with the song being about the hero Sky Masterton and his life, but Frank Sinatra actually played the supporting role Nathan Detroit in the play, with the role of Sky going to acting legend Marlon Brando – a non-singer. This caused some tension between these two Hollywood giants, which lasted years.
This song is a true casino classic, and when you play it you may well feel that Lady Luck is by your side!