WE LIST THE TOP 5 GAMBLING SONGS…
We didn’t have to look to hard to find songs that reference gambling as it’s a subject that has been talked about in songs since recordings began. Gambling references started way back with the blues and has helped to fuel the legends of greats like Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Since then there’s been countless mentions of cards, casinos and poker in songs from major artists from Bob Dylan to Lady Gaga.
The difficulty we had was picking the very best to bring you the Top 5. So the next time you’re playing slots, stick these tunes on and get inspired. Below are our favourites but we’d like to give an honourable mention to Ray Charles, ABBA, The Everly Brothers and The Animals who just missed out.
1. Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas
A song that has now become Las Vegas’s official anthem. Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman’s wrote “Viva Las Vegas” in 1964 as the title song for Elvis Presley’s 14th film and the song captures all the thrills of the casino. Las Vegas is the capital of gambling and the song sums it up beautifully…
How I wish that there were more than the twenty-four hours in the day
Cos even if there were forty more I wouldn’t sleep a minute away
Oh, there’s blackjack and poker and the roulette wheel a fortune won and lost on every deal
All you need’s a strong heart and a nerve of steel so
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas.
2. The Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice
Yes this is one of the top 5 best gambling songs ever written but this is also one of the greatest songs ever written from one of the greatest albums, from one of the greatest bands of all time so we think it’s a dead cert for our list.
Ok we’ll admit that the song is actually a story about a man who does not want a committed relationship because he does not trust women, but it still has awesome gambling references and come on, its The Rolling Stones!
3. Frank Sinatra – Luck Be A Lady
Ol’ Blue Eyes loved poker and all things gambling. Luck be a Lady was his tribute to Vegas where his run ins with Casino bosses were legendary.
The song, written in 1950, was made famous in the musical, Guy and Dolls the lyrics relate to the point of view of a gambler, Sky Masterson, who hopes that he will win a bet, the outcome of which will decide whether or not he is able to save his relationship with the girl of his dreams.
4. Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
The Gambler is a song written by Don Schlitz and has been recorded by several artists but most famously by country music legend, Kenny Rogers. The song is full of great advice, the classic line “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em” still has to be the quintessential poker couplet.
Kenny also warns not to count your money until the dealing is done. At the end of the song we are told that “somewhere in the darkness, the gambler, he broke even“, and that the narrator finds “an ace that I could keep“, in his final words.
5. Motörhead – Ace of Spades
The Dead Man’s Hand immortalised in song, Ace of Spades by rockers Motörhead and was released in 1980 as a single and the title track to the album Ace of Spades. Another one of those songs that could make any top 5 song list and one which we feel we just couldn’t miss off.
The song tells of the late great Lemmy’s love for the Ace of Spades card and the thrill of playing the games. It thrives on the excitement and gets the adrenaline pumping for a night of casino fun.
Blog Post by DICE STUDIO, last updated: March 15, 2016