Casino references can be found in music as early as the Jazz Era. From the Rolling Stones to Motorhead, the entire 90s and 20s have plenty of pop cultural songs related to gambling. Music has always represented what is important in our life. And you can bet that one of them is gambling! Let’s not wait any further and dive right into the action. We have narrowed down a list of the best pop cultural casino themed songs of different ages and genres.
Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas
Sung by the legendary singer, Elvis Presley has managed to capture the sentiments of millions of people who feel about Las Vegas. Having some of the luxurious casinos in the world, Las Vegas acts as a spiritual Mecca for gamblers and the sing has aptly captured that feeling. Released in May 1964, the pop song contains ample sound effects of spinning Roulette wheels, rolling dices and casino music. If you love the 90s, this song is highly recommended if you fancy the casino atmosphere.
Bright light city going to set my soul
Going to set my soul on fire
Got a whole lot of money that’s ready to burn
So get those stakes up higher
The Rolling Stones – Casino Boogie
Released in 1972, was recorded at the villa of Keith Richards in South France while the other members were touring around to avoid taxes in England. The lyrics were written with scattering phrases and words on a studio table. Yet, the song became one of the most iconic songs of the gambling culture. Heard about RNGs (Random Number Generators) of mobile casino slots which chugs out arbitrary numbers? The band composed this classic pop song in a similar fashion with jumbled words which went on to become a massive hit.
Grotesque music, million dollar sad
Got no tactics, got no time on hand
Left shoe shuffle, right shoe muffle
Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
What a masterpiece! Who hasn’t heard its iconic intro music? The song goes on to tell the story of the band who came to Montereax on the Lake Geneva shoreline in a mobile studio. They were recording their new album Machine Head in Montreux, Switzerland and the mobile studio was placed outside Montreux Casino. Some ‘idiot’ from the crowd lit a flare and shot at the stage while Frank Zappa and his band the Mothers of Invention were playing. The song manages to portray the devastating epic scene of a casino floor burning to the ground. People are running and kids are being pulled out from the rubble. This song probably has one of the most popular guitar riffs in history.
They burned down the gambling house
It died with an awful sound
Funky Claude was running in and out
Pulling kids out the ground
When it all was over
Iron Maiden – The Angel And The Gambler
This album was released in 1998 and featured their new vocalist, Blaze Bayley. You will find the animated characters dealing cards and playing all their bets together. The crowd characters are all animated with CGI effects and resemble deadly creatures. In a particular scene, the bass player of the band, Steve Harris is seen playing against the house dealer whose role is played by the infamous mascot Eddie. Even if you do not like gambling, you will surely love watching the video.
Roll of the dice
Take a spin of the wheel
Out of your hands now
So how do you feel?
But you’re not gonna win
You’d better go back again
Motörhead – Ace of Spades
This classic pop treasure showcases the unique gravelly voice of Lemmy Kilmister. Released in 1980, the main theme of the song is the Ace Of Spades which leans a bit towards the heavy rock genre. The song goes on to ascertain the metaphor of the endless uncertain nature of life. It shows how the ace can be sometimes considered as worthless, but at other times regarded as the most valued card in the deck of certain games. If you are into metal music, you will know that this song is an instant classic!
If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man
You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me
The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say
I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is
Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
Originally written by songwriter Don Schlitz, this 1976 song was covered by a myriad of artists back in the 90s. Renowned singer, Johnny Cash even made a cover out of this song but it was not received that critically. Then, Kenny Rogers introduced his country music style to the lyrics and it became an instant hit. Although the song is written about gambling, it basically reminds us when to fight our battles and how to live life as we should. It defines the belief that although life will knock you down, you have to continue fighting and never give up. Although the song became a massive hit, Kenny Rogers later admitted that he wasn’t fond of gambling.
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealing’s done.
The Eagles – Desperado
An absolute classic! The legendary tune has stood the test of time and tells the story of a lonely person who is imprisoned by his solitude and makes life references with a deck of cards. It still remains one of the biggest hit of the band from their 1973 album written by Glen Frey and Don Henley. You need to listen to this song definitely if you haven’t yet!
Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet
It’s difficult to place every other casino song in the list but we are pretty sure that you will love what’s mentioned here. Have you heard all of them? If not, then pop on your earplugs and relish the casino ambience! Make sure that you follow the lyrics!