Music reflects in the most crucial aspect of life: relationships, love, and of course betting. Whether you prefer countryside music to pop, you are a fan of old school hip-hop or into folk songs, there is a genre of song for all bettors.
Here are the standout tracks about betting and gambling that have made their mark over the years.
#1 Motorhead – ‘Aces of Spades’
The popular song ‘Aces of Spades’ became Motorhead’s signature song when it became a hit in 1980. This song was written by Lemmy (Motorhead’s frontman and bassist) while playing on slot machines in London pubs. This song has lots of gambling verses and hopeful lyrics urging you not to be heartbroken with your losses like “you win some, you lose some, it’s all the same to me”.
#2 Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Capitalizing on the global poker boom, Lady Gaga launched her career with this major hit, drawing parallels between love and the popular poker game. The song is laced with several poker-fuelled lines along with sexual innuendos and infectious beat. Lines like “I wanna hold em’ like they do in Texas” and “luck and intuition play the cards with spades to start” helps poker players in the art of concealing their real emotions during poker games while playing online casinos for real money.
#3 Clint Black – Good Run of Bad Luck
All sorts of gambling slangs were used to describe the hazards of following your heart in this country hit song. It is not difficult to spot betting and poker references like lady luck, betting on a loser, seven come eleven, ships and high roller in ‘Good Run of Bad Luck’ and these are the slangs which players are familiar with. This song was also featured in the movie Maverick.
#4 The Eagles – ‘Desperado’
With lyrics like “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” and an epic tune, ‘Desperado’ became the Eagles biggest hits. Written by Don Henley and Glen Frey, this ballad tells the story of a particular desperado imprisoned by his solitude and the possibility of a lonely death.
#5 Kenny Rogers – ‘The Gamblers’
Dropped in 1978 by Kenny Rogers, ‘The Gambler’ is one of the most popular songs about betting. This countryside music tells the story about the encounter the singer had with a gambler aboard a train. Lines like “you’ve got to know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, know when to walk away, and know when to run” gives wise advice not only on how to handle poker games but also on real life issues.
#6 Elvis Presley – ‘Viva Las Vegas’
This top ten music chart will be incomplete without Elvis Presley’s ‘Viva Las Vegas’, the unofficial anthem of Sin City. There is hardly a casino that doesn’t play this song. ‘Viva Las Vegas’ celebrates the night life in Vegas coupled with the thrills of betting and the city’s bright light.
#7 Sting – ‘Shape of My Heart’
You can’t but notice the brilliant concept behind the song ‘Shape of My Heart’. This song pays close attention to a poker player who cares less about losing or winning, playing games for monetary gain is not his aim at all, all he wants is to understand the code of the game and mystery behind fate and luck. This song has been said to be some sort of card-playing philosophy.
#8 Abba – ‘The Winner Takes It All’
With songs like ‘The Winner Takes It All’, ‘Money, Money, Money’, ‘Take a Chance on Me’, ‘The Name of The Game’, and ‘I Have a Dream’, Abba is easily a recognizable name in the betting industry. Abba uses the well-known gambling term ‘the winner takes it al’ to describe a divorce situation, with one spouse as the winner and the other as the loser.
#9 Jerry Reed – ‘When You’re Hot, You’re Hot’
This hit song won country legend, Jerry Reed a Grammy. ‘When You’re Hot, You’re Hot’ tells the story of the singer’s illegal game of craps and his winning streak in the game until he was caught and taken to court. Turns out, he has once owed the judge a sum of money, he was then sentenced to 90 days in prison for his offence. This song focuses on the ups and downs associated with gambling.
#10 AC/DC – ‘The Jack’
Every card player that has heard this song appreciates the poker analogies embedded in it. This song is about a promiscuous woman who pretends to be innocent. Lyrics like “her deuce was wild, but my ace was high” and “said she’d never had a full house, but I should have known” makes you yearn for the song.