10 of the best songs of all time that feature gambling.

Music has been a part of our lives for a very long time. It has played a big role in the history of self expression and entertainment. We have had music around us for thousands of years and it has  always somehow reflected on the people and the era around it. Musicians write songs about things they feel strongly about. 

There’s endless things that can affect a person enough to inspire them to write a song about them. For instance, you have the classic love tunes written about that special lover, or you can find energetic upbeat songs about fast cars. Others write songs about certain experiences or feelings, such as the blues, which can also mean feeling down. But there’s one very particular thing which certain musicians felt the need to write a song about – it’s gambling, and let me tell you they’ve actually written some dang good songs about it, so if you’re up for a poker night with your mates or even just want to hit the casino online and listen to some tunes which are just right for the moment, here’s a few of the best gambling-related songs of all time! 

10. Ace of Spades – Motörhead 

Starting off with one of the most obvious and well-known gambling songs in history, none other than Motörhead’s 1980 hit; Ace of Spades. It’s so popular that some might even say it’s overused. One time, it even appeared on Emmerdale, a soap opera in the UK.

9. St. John the Gambler – Townes Van Zandt.

Next up in line is a classic from 1969 by none other than Townes Van Zandt, called St John the Gambler. It’s well known that the Texan is an avid poker player, and this is not his only song about gambling and it might be a bit too mellow, however it does stick out due to its lyrical excellence.

8. Gambler’s Blues – B.B. King

Even though it’s not really a song about gambling directly, it still deserves a spot in this list, cause it’s B.B. King, a legend beyond legends, and if he claims that love is a gamble, I trust in his opinion. Gambler’s blues is just a beautiful song about a lover’s blues narrated through the recreation of wagering. You should check out the live version.

7. Rambling, Gambling Willie – Bob Dylan

We all know the creative prowess Bob Dylan possesses when it comes to building lyrical masterpieces. Rambling, gambling Willie was a high-risk gambler who traveled from town to town through the USA, having babies and winning everything. As you’ll hear in the last phrase, he eventually pushed his fortune too far. This song, as elegantly worded as any of Dylan’s greatest, sends a clear warning to all gamblers: stop when you’re still ahead.

6. Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley

If there will ever be a song that instantly gives you an image of the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip, it has to be this Presley classic. We all know Elvis and how much he loved glamour, Vegas was like his second home, and this song expresses that.

5. Deal – Jerry Garcia

We all know Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead. Here’s some of his best solo work outside of the band. Deal is a classic hardcore gambling song about the experiences of those who are in it deep. This one is for the purists.

4. The Gambler – Kenny Rogers

This all time country classic needs no introduction. It’s one of the best country songs out there and it’s obviously about gambling. Could even be more mainstream than Ace of spades, but who are we to disrespect Mr Rogers for creating a song that would become so popular? Clearly he should be complimented instead.

3. The Jack – AC/DC

This is probably the most hilarious entry into this list. Mostly because it’s one of the most blatant songs to ever be released by AC/DC, and it’s about STDs. The best part is they managed to make it sound like it’s about gambling, thanks to ‘The Jack’ being Australian slang for Gonorrhea, and a number of other gambling related synonyms.

2. Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen

To perceive this one as a gambler’s tune, you ought to dig between the verses a tiny bit, but the implications are there. Of course, Atlantic City is one of the planet’s most renowned casino destinations. ‘There will be victors and losers, and I am south of the line,’ The Boss writes. It’s mostly about a downtrodden common worker who resorts to organized crime to earn a living. If that’s not a gamble, I don’t know what is.

  1. Black Queen – Stephen Stills

A song by one of the most underrated guitarists of his era, Stephen Stills from Crossby, Stills & Nash had an incredible solo career and this song sums it all up. This 1970’s debut solo song is all about a certain card game, and I think  you might like it,

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