Top Gambling-Themed Songs
Gambling has always been a rich source of inspiration for musicians, filmmakers and other artists and storytellers across many different genres. And that’s all aspects of it, from a backdrop for mafia activities in the Martin Scorsese cinematic masterpiece Casino, to Elvis Presley’s glorious celebration of Sin City in Viva Las Vegas.
Whether you need some inspiration to get you into that winning mood when you’re playing online casino games
at Euro Palace or you feel like using gambling as a metaphor for this great human experiment we call life, there is a song that will provide a perfect soundtrack to your mood. Take a look at some of the best examples below.
The Winner Takes it All
Featured on ABBA’s Super Trouper album which dropped in 1980, The Winner Takes it All is one of the band’s biggest hits and has been covered more than 40 times
. Although band members Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus have both denied it, many fans still suspect that the lyrics are based on the erstwhile couple’s divorce.
Ulvaeus has explained that the song is about “the experience of a divorce”, but not specifically about his. Whether personal or general, this melancholic musing on how the gods might roll the dice and affect us mere mortals as easily as playing a Craps game became hugely important for the supergroup. As Fältskog has said in the past, it allowed all 4 members to process the loss of the relationship.
The wisdom of knowing when to take action, when to wait and see what happens, and when to just call it a day is made perfectly clear in this undeniably catchy Kenny Rogers hit. Taking time to consider your decisions is just as important in life as it is in Poker, as a wise gambler in the song explains to a young man who is “out of aces”. Other artists have also recorded The Gambler, including Johnny Cash, but it is Roger’s 1978 version that is most known and best loved.
Casino Boogie, from the 1972 Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street, had to be included in this list, if for no other reason than the legend surrounding how it was written. The story goes that the lyrics were written by scattering pieces of paper with words and phrases onto a table, and then putting them together in arbitrary combinations. The human, rock version of Random Number Generation, if you will.
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at Richards’ French villa, rather than anywhere near a casino, the song still manages to evoke an exciting-yet-laidback gambling feel thanks to its lyrics and straightforward blues rhythm that creates the “boogie” in its name. Never released as a single, Casino Boogie has also never been performed live – and after hearing it you’re sure to agree that it should be.
Luck Be a Lady
Frank Sinatra spent a lot of time performing in Vegas, and Luck Be a Lady became one of his signature numbers. The song is sung by Sky Masterson, Sinatra’s character in Guys and Dolls, who needs to win a bet so that he can save his relationship. All gamblers can relate to wanting Lady Luck to behave herself as they play, and the spin Ol’ Blue Eyes puts on the idea is just right.
That was a Crazy Game of Poker
There’s a reason ESPN has previously used this O.A.R. track in its World Series of Poker coverage! Rollicking country music and entertaining lyrics honour the Poker games that were played in the saloons of the Old West, and will have you itching to play a few rounds yourself.