Casino Music to put the groove into your play

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Looking for the perfect casino music soundtrack to accompany your next spin session? Well, brace yourself for some head-bopping playtime, coz we’ve put together our top 10 list of casino-related tunes. It’s time to expand your ears and yours minds people…

Casino Music – Our top list

1. “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga

Probably one of the more obvious choices that springs to mind when you think of casino-related songs, is Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”. In an interview, Lady Gaga explains that song is referenced to the poker game, ‘Texas Hold Em – she wants to “hold him like like they do in Texas”, apparently. And the whole song took her just one hour to write… now a firm casino music choice since 2008.

2. “Ace of Spades” by Motörhead

Who knew that Motörhead’s most famous song would be about gambling? Well here’s a fun fact for ya: the “Ace Of Spades” is known as the dead man’s hand. This is because there was once an American sheriff called Wild Bill Hancock who was famously killed during a game of poker. The hand is made up of aces and eights, including, shocker… the ace of spades.

3. “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley

There’s nothing that shouts “casino!” more than Vegas, baby! This Elvis classic has all the Vegas trimmings, including the Vegas showgirls that accompany him in the “Viva Las Vegas” film starring Presley himself – he’s such an all-rounder that one. Elvis may have left the building, but this casino music choice is here to stay.

4. “Gambler” by Madonna

Madonna has taken on more styles in her time than we care to count, but in this song Mads is “a gambler and (she) will take you by surprise”. True, this song doesn’t really have a great deal to do with casinos, apart from the title. It actually features in the 1985 drama film Vision Quest, referencing a fierce chic who is doing it for herself. Well, we can get onboard with that.

5. “House of Cards” by Radiohead

One of Radiohead’s more upbeat sounding tracks, this song is all about a guy who’s all about this girl – the “house of cards” angle being more of a metaphor about the state of their current relationships. Oh I do hope that it all turned out well for everyone involved. Cool track though, take a listen…

6. “Tumbling Dice” by The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger once said that this Rolling Stone’s song was all about gambling, love and money. Saying that, the line ‘Cause all you women is low down gamblers, Cheatin’ like I don’t know how doesn’t exactly suggest a sunset ending…

Jagger actually got the title of the track “Tumbling Dice” from hearing gamblers in casinos shouting it out and it’s even been suggested that the reference “sixes and sevens and nines” is relating to a Craps game. If you like a bit of rock to your roll, pop this one on…

7. “The Winner takes it all” by ABBA

Although this ABBA classic is actually about a divorce, “The winner takes it all” is full of gambling metaphors like “Nothing more to say, No more ace to play”. Interestingly enough, it was ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus who wrote this song following the split from his wife and fellow band member, Agnetha Fältskog.

What’s even stranger to some though, is that it was Fältskog who was asked by Ulvaeus to sing the song that was about their very own divorce. Talk about hanging out your dirty laundry.

8. “The Card Cheat” by The Clash

Not the brightest song of the bunch, “The Card Cheat” is about a lonely gambler who is murdered in a card game after “he lays down the king of spades”. The lyrics are all rather depressing and The Clash never actually performed live because it was too complicated to stage. But as with all Clash songs, it’s a great listen…

9. “Deuces are Wild” by Aerosmith

The term “Deuces are Wild” is defined as “a deuce which represents any card designated by its holder in a card game”, so when Steve Tyler sings, “I love you ’cause your Deuces Are Wild, girl” in this Aerosmith belter of a song, he’s suggesting that this girl is wild, a bit of a chameleon and just a great all-rounder. We’re still not 100% clear about whether this song is about one of his daughters or about a lover, but details like don’t matter when it’s rock n’ roll baby.

10. “Roulette” by Katy Perry

All Katy Perry wants to do is play roulette, well in this hip-popping song anyway. “Like roulette, let’s roll it”, she sings several times throughout the song. Alright, we get it Katy, so you like to play roulette. But whether you’re a roulette, blackjack or baccarat fan, if you love a song that gets you moving around the living room, this casino music offering could be right up your street…

Author: Glen Ferguson