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Top 10 casino-themed pop songs

05 Dec | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Top 10 casino-themed pop songs

Deals with devils, mysterious gamblers and the ace of spades all feature in our list of the best gambling songs ever written.

The thrill of gambling has always been an inspiration to musicians over the years.

So, if you’re looking for some tunes to put you in the mood while you play online casino games at Betway, here are our top 10 tunes to plug into.

10. Luck Be A Lady

Artist: Frank Sinatra
Year released: 1950

Frank Sinatra was a regular at Las Vegas casinos during their 1960s heyday.

And he was the perfect choice to play gambler Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls.

His trademark song sees him begging for the Craps gods to be on his side. 

9. The Gambler

Artist: Kenny Rogers
Year released: 1978

Country legend Kenny Rogers had many trademark songs in his career.

But none of them were as iconic as this tale of Rogers meeting a mysterious gambler on a train who gives him a few lessons in life.

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.” Good advice, particularly if you’re terrible at poker.

8. Waking Up In Vegas

Artist: Katy Perry
Year released: 2009

“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” So goes the famous line.

And pretty much everything that happens in Katy Perry’s 2009 song should probably have stayed in Sin City.

Still, bonus points for dressing up as Elvis and getting married, which are surely two of Vegas’ must-dos.

7. Deuces Are Wild

Artist: Aerosmith
Year released: 1994

Rock bands can’t resist a gambling metaphor and Aerosmith were no different.

The US rockers sing about a girl whose “deuces are wild,” the metaphorical video poker card that can complete any pair.

The song was taken from the album Big Ones, which is, admittedly, a somewhat less romantic title.

6. Snake Eyes

Artist: Mumford & Sons
Year released: 2015

British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons aren’t to everyone’s taste.

But this track about a man’s poor luck with a former squeeze is one of their better tracks.

Snake Eyes is a double one in Craps, one of the worst rolls you can get.

5. A Little Less Conversation

Artist: Elvis Presley
Year released: 1968

Elvis Presley played Las Vegas on numerous occasions, and he will be forever associated with the city.

Movie-makers wanting to give their films that Vegas feel need just add an Elvis song to the soundtrack.

A Little Less Conversation was a hit in 1968 but enjoyed resurgence after it was remixed and used in an iconic scene from Ocean’s Eleven.

4. Viva Las Vegas

Artist: Elvis Presley
Year released: 1963

Elvis produced a slew of mediocre films in the 1960s, but the songs that accompanied them were anything but.

Viva Las Vegas was the title song to the Elvis vehicle of the same name, a film that sees the King play a race-driver trying to win enough cash to buy himself a new car.

The song was covered by everyone from ZZ Top to Engelbert Humperdinck.

3. Casino Boogie

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Year released: 1972

According to legend, the lyrics to the Stones’ Casino Boogie was written by scattering words and phrases on a studio table.

The band then just picked the words at random and made a song up. How’s that for a random number generator?

The band was nowhere near a casino when the song was written, by the way, but in the middle of the French countryside at Keith Richards’ French chateau.

2. Spanish Train

Artist: Chris De Burgh
Year released: 1975

There have been several gambling songs about mysterious journeys, most notably by Kenny Rogers, and even Chris De Burgh got in on the act.

Forget Lady In Red if you can for a minute, Spanish Train is actually an effective ballad about a man on a train, in Spain. meeting the Devil on a night-time journey and taking him on with a deck of cards.

Even God gets in on the act.

1. Ace of Spades

Artist: Motorhead
year released: 1980

British rockers Motorhead stormed the charts in the early 1980s with this three-minute slab of homegrown heavy metal.

“The only card you need is the ace of spades,” roared Lemmy.

Which is probably not the best advice if you’re using optimal blackjack strategy.