Over the years countless songs of different genres have been inspired by the thrills of casinos, gambling, and of course the Sin City. And for more than half a century the venues of Las Vegas have been the host to the biggest names in entertainment, which in a way helped define the city just like casino games and booze have.
The same as the general mood and atmosphere, our gambling behavior can too be influenced by certain types of music. It’s simply the fact that gambling and music go hand in hand. And since music means different things to different people, one of the advantages of online casinos is that you can mute the background sounds and enjoy the catchy hooks and beats that you really love.
To make things easier, we've come up with the perfect mixtape for you to enjoy the next time you play online. Here are our 13 favorite songs to get you just in the right mood for gaming and winning.
Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley
What better way to get you started than with the upbeat of the King of Rock and Roll and his ode to the gambling capital of the world, the place the most gamblers can call home: Las Vegas.
Listening to Viva Las Vegas you can certainly envision the tables, the games, and the people. It simply brings the glitz and the glamour of Sin City right into your home, getting you in the mood for some serious game play.
Luck Be a Lady by Frank Sinatra
Lady Luck can fickle and it never hurts to get in her good grace and have her on your side. And what better way to do it than by listening to her song while you’re spinning the reels, hoping to reel in some sweet wins.
Even if you don’t win, it’s a brilliant song to listen to, especially if you love Frank Sinatra.
The James Bond Theme by John Barry
This is the main theme of all the James Bond films and it has been featured in every one since 'Dr. No' in 1962. It’s needless to say that this has become an iconic tune burned deep into our memories and is instantly recognized when played.
Tumbling Dice by The Rolling Stones
According to Mick Jagger himself, Tumbling Dice is "about gambling and love, an old blues trick". Interestingly, this is a song about the game of Craps. Who would’ve ever guessed that a song about craps would make number 7 in the U.S charts and number 5 in the U.K charts, later on have the Rolling Stones Magazine list it as one of their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time?
But that’s the Rolling Stones and the combination of their wild rock and casino lyrics gave birth to an ultimate hit. So turn the volume up and let this song get you on a hot streak.
The Jack by AC/DC
If there’s one thing AC/DC are capable of doing is literally turning anything into a double entendre, including a playing card! The song uses powerful poker metaphors as sexual innuendo. However, it’s interesting that, when performing live, the band used different lyrics that told the story in literal manner.
Regardless, this is one of the band’s few slow-paced songs with a heavy blues influence that will get you in a great mood for playing.
The Ace Of Spades by Motorhead
This is a song for all the Blackjack fans among you, which catches the excitement and the atmosphere of a truly good game. Listening to this heavy metal classic about a die-hard gambler living on the edge will have your competitive juices flowing fast.
Roll of the Dice by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is known for his ability to take any theme, add a catchy tune and mix in some amazing lyrics and create a brilliant song! And that’s exactly why Roll of the Dice got on this list.
In this fabulous song he’s equating gambling with love and it has the luck of the draw at its heart:
High-rollers lay down your bets and I’ll raise ‘em / Well I know the odds ain’t in my favor.
Blackjack by Ray Charles
While we’re at it, here’s another song that blackjack players can listen to as they take a seat at the table. It’s a great song and it also carries an important lesson, as it sums up how cruel the game can be. According to the legend, Ray Charles wrote it when he beat T-Bone Walker at a Blackjack session.
But its true value and the reason for its popularity is definitely the insight into a player’s emotions that it brings out in the open.
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
If you had to pick one poker song to play on repeat this would surely be it. This song has everything – emotion, melody, and a good story.
It’s full of great advice such the classic line: You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. And of course it has a great classy tune to go with it.
Too Much Ain't Enough by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Looks like you got a little more to lose/Now little more at stake/I see you had a hard time… The opening lines will pull you right in as Tom Petty sings about how hard it is to call someone’s bluff.
The fact is that he’s singing about a girl, but he uses a lot of gambling metaphors. And as in love, in gambling too - we simply can’t get enough.
Ooh! Las Vegas by Emmylou Harris
But, here’s one for the slot junkies in Las Vegas. The song notes the relationship between booze and gambling, and the consequences of the Sin City.
It is a cute song about gambler's fallacy that a series of losses boosts the chances of an imminent win: Third time I lose I drink anything/ 'cos I think I'm gonna win.
Norman the Gambler by Max Romeo
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you reggae fans either. The list wouldn’t be complete without Max Romeo’s story about Norman the Gambler. It goes like this:
Norman never lose, always wins/Yet Norman never give a way bit/If you ask him for a less he said he wants more…
Though it’s unlikely you’ll never lose, perhaps the nice beat of the song will get you on a winning streak.
The Winner Takes It All by ABBA
The Winner Takes It All is perfect for putting you in the right mindset when playing anything from poker to slot machines. And it’s also true for the winner does take it all.
Another thing is that we just couldn’t finish this list without a catchy disco tune that will get you dancing in your seat.
Hit the Play Button
Pick a game, play this awesome mixtape, and enjoy the thrills of gaming. And remember to let us know what you think. Have we nailed the list? Or is there another great song that you think should’ve made it into the mix? Just drop us a comment on the forum. We’d love to hear about it.