What do you listen to while spinning the reels or perfecting your poker face at your favourite online casino? If it's the sound of your neighbour's dog barking, you may want to consider creating an epic playlist for yourself. But what would go on it? Well, there could be an entire music genre for casino classics! All the legends in music history, from the Rolling Stones to Frank Sinatra, seem to know a thing or two about gambling and have some great music to show for it.
We recommend a fine blend of old school classics to keep your boot tapping and your spirits high, mixed in with a few current pop favourites. We’ve compiled a list of some must-have songs, in no particular order, that’ll boost your confidence, comfort your losses, and enhance your experience while you play online casino games!
Viva Las Vegas - Elvis Presley
We said classics! Viva Las Vegas, by the legend himself, Elvis Presley, was launched in 1964. This hit song captures the glitz and glam of gambling capital Las Vegas—so much so that it has been the official song of Las Vegas since 2002! Interestingly, Elvis never actually performed the song live, but it featured as the soundtrack to the movie of the same name. This song has it all - reference to all the classic table games, slots, show girls, and it’s catchy!
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
The Gambler, written by Don Schlitz and made famous by both Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash, has a classic country feel and tells the story of a conversation between the singer and a gambler, onboard a train to nowhere. The gambler has some valuable wisdom to offer, namely, "You've got to know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run" which is true in both poker and in life. For a relaxed song that offers some pearls of wisdom, this is a great add to your playlist.
Ace of Spades - Motorhead
Gambling attracts all kinds of people—and all sorts of music genres go! This one is for the diehard metal fans, and takes its place not only on our list, but as one of the most iconic hard-rock songs of all time. Ace of Spades is basically an extension of Lemmy’s (the lead singer of Motorhead) personal philosophy. Though we warn you, you may not be able to make the lyrics out so clearly, but now you can enjoy the sentiment! Lemmy was known to love slot games, or one-armed bandits, as he might have known them. So now you have more than just good taste in music in common!
Poker face - Ghostface Killah (ft. Shawn Wigs)
Ghostface Killah's hip hop group, The Wu Tang Clan, are known to be keen gamblers and card players, so when it comes to poker, they know a thing or two. With lines such as, “Go all in, if you’re feeling your cards, deep in your gut” and "You can't lose what you don't push into the pot," Poker Face is a great hip hop track to add to your list, and pays tribute to the game itself. At the time of its release in 2006, the US was experiencing a huge online poker boom, making the song even more relevant and popular. This track takes you on a rhythmic journey that any online casino or poker player will appreciate.
Shape of My Heart – Sting
For a slower, more reflective song, Sting’s “Shape of my heart” appeals to the deeper reasons we may come to the tables. It speaks of a man who “deals the cards as a meditation” not for the money or the respect.
With lines such as, “The sacred geometry of chance, The hidden law of a probable outcome” This poetic song will add beauty, introspection and depth to your session.
Tumbling Dice - The Rolling Stones