Continuing on from our pick of the top casino games and gambling inspired songs out there, here are a few more of our favourites – and an absolute blooper that makes our ‘what not to listen to’ category.
6) ROLL OF THE DICE by Bruce Springsteen (1992)
This is why he’s called The Boss – he can take any theme, add a catchy tune and mix in some amazing lyrics and – hey presto, it’s brilliant! A song equating gambling with love, it has the luck of the draw at its heart – and amazingly, it was written just after Springsteen quit the E Street Band and teamed up with pianist Roy Bittan. The album it was on, Human Touch (co-released with Lucky Town), hit the charts worldwide, reaching the number one spot in Austria, Italy, and Spain, amongst others.
Our favourite line: High-rollers lay down your bets and I’ll raise ‘em / Well I know the odds ain’t in my favor.
7) VIVA LAS VEGAS by Elvis (1964)
If you thought all Elvis songs were hip-swivelling cheese, think again! This song has been described as a love letter to the world of American gambling – and listening to it you can certainly envision the table, the games, the people. It’s upbeat, exciting and lively – everything you expect entertainment to be. The film it was written for is a decent bit of old fashioned viewing but yes, we admit that Elvis’ diamond-studded suits were a bit much – but this IS VEGAS, baby!
Our favourite line: 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
8) THE GAMBLER by Kenny Rogers (1978)
This song has everything – emotion, melody, and a heart-tugging story at the heart. OK, so it’s slightly melodramatic but we’re listening to be entertained, not to use the song as our No. 1 games strategy bible! Some of the song’s fans argue that the ‘time is everything’ undercurrent is a great metaphor for life. That as it may be, we just think it’s a great, classy tune.
Our favourite line: He said, “Son, I’ve made a life / Out of readin’ people’s faces / Knowin’ what the cards were / By the way they held their eyes
9) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL by Abba (1980)
Seriously – you didn’t think we were going to leave out the cheesy disco, did you? Not just a catchy tune, this is a dance floor must have! Originally on the Super Trouper album and later released as a single that reached the charts worldwide – from Japan to America, Zimbabwe to Europe – this song reached a number 1 placement in Ireland, England, Belgium and South Africa. It has also enjoyed over 40 cover versions!
Our favourite line: I’ve played all my cards / And that’s what you’ve done too / Nothing more to say / No more ace to play
And now, it’s time for our least favourite casino song…
10) POKER FACE by Lady Gaga (2008)
Maybe it suffers from being overplayed, maybe it’s the outfits or the annoying makeup, or maybe it’s the fact that this song throws in every possible poker stereotype to try and jump on a gaming bandwagon and sell records? Some say this is Lady Gaga’s most toe-tapping tune – and it did go to number 6 in the UK charts – but to us it lacks believability. And we know it’s just a song, but surely a song shouldn’t make you cringe.
Our least favourite line: I wanna hold ‘em like they do in Texas please / Fold ‘em let ‘em hit me raise it baby stay with me.
Video link: Seriously? Please, make it stop.
And now it’s over to you… what is your favourite casino games song of all time? Do you like our choices or are you ready to defend m’lady’s poker face? Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below… we’d love to add a number ten spot with your help.