6 hit songs that were inspired by the gambling world

Published on September 23, 2017 in Industry News

Hit songs about gamblingThe gambling industry has a long history that dates back to long before the internet was even a thought. When punters would gather at land-based casino to play their favourite casino games, live bands would often play the hits of the day.
 

With the invention of the internet and online casinos, your playlist can feature all of your favourite tracks by the best bands in the world!

There are a number of great songs that have been inspired by the gambling industry and here are 6 of our favourites. Whether you're playing an online slot or you're testing your skills at a table game, these songs are great additions to any playlist.
 

"Ace of Spades" - Motörhead

Released: October 1980

It's no surprise that Motörhead makes this list of featured songs seeing as they have their very own online slot by NetEnt! Ace of Spades is all about living recklessly and waiting to be dealt the Ace of Spades (also known as the Death Card). 

Relevant Lyrics

Playing for the high one, dancing with the devil,

Going with the flow, it's all a game to me,

Seven or eleven, snake eyes watching you,

Double up or quit, double stake or split,

The Ace of Spades

You know I'm born to lose, and gambling's for fools,

But that's the way I like it baby,

I don't wanna live for ever,

And don't forget the joker!
 

"Blackjack" - Ray Charles

Released: October 1955

The unmistakable voice of Ray Charles brings the story of an unlucky gambler to life with this song. Lady Luck doesn't always grace us with her presence and we all have moments of being on the losing end of a bad hand.

Relevant Lyrics

I sat there with two tens

I thought I'd have some fun

The dealer hit sixteen with a five

Just enough to make twenty one

Hey hey hey yeah yeah

How unlucky can one man be

Well every quarter I get

Yeah, blackjack takes it away from me
 

"Easy Money" - Billy Joel

Released:  August 1983

Billy Joel knows just how to turn a story into a song that you can't get out of your head. This hit was the theme song for Easy Money, a comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield, Joe Pesci, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Candice Azzara, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. 

Relevant Lyrics

You don't have to try too hard

I don't need a song and dance

I don't need an invitation

If you've got a game of chance

Take me to the tables

Take me to the fights

Run me like the numbers

Roll me like the dice
 

"The Gambler" - Kenny Rogers

Released: November 1978

If country is your preferred music style, don't miss out on this track. The song takes place on a train and records a conversation with a man known only as "the gambler". Kenny Rogers also starred in TV movies by the same name in the 1980's.

Relevant Lyrics

You've got to know when to hold 'em

Know when to fold 'em

Know when to walk away

Know when to run

You never count your money

When you're sittin' at the table

There'll be time enough for countin'

When the dealin's done
 

"Tumbling Dice" - Rolling Stones

Released:  May 1972

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones tells the story of how he came about writing this song after he chatted to hi house keeper who loved to play dice. Tumbling Dice is a song about "gambling and love, an old blues track."

Relevant Lyrics

Cause all you women is low down gamblers

Cheatin' like I don't know how

But baby, I go crazy, there's fever in the funk house now

This low down bitchin' got my poor feet a itchin'

You know you know the deuce is still wild

Baby, I can't stay, you got to roll me

And call me the tumbling dice
 

"Viva Las Vegas" - Elvis Presley

Released: April 1964

Originally this track was recorded for the Viva Las Vegas film that featured Elvis Presley as the main character. After becoming a huge hit, this song has been covered by numerous artists and has made an appearance in many different movies including Looney Tunes: Back in Action!

Relevant Lyrics

How I wish that there were more

Than the twenty-four hours in the day

Cause even if there were forty more

I wouldn't sleep a minute away

Oh, there's black jack and poker and the roulette wheel

A fortune won and lost on ev'ry deal

All you need's a strong heart and a nerve of steel

Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

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