Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Top Songs About Gambling

Written by  The Dubrovnik Times Jun 29, 2022

Gambling and pop culture are inextricably linked because music controls our feelings and can affect our gambling experience. Undeniably, casino games with lucrative features are popular but those that are designed with enchanting sound effects always seduce the players. 


Both land-based and online casinos like Jammy Jack Online Casino recorded the best gambling tunes to amplify gambling behaviour. The fact that the sounds are important in the gambling world pushes the singer to release iconic songs about gambling. Different songs spread through the societies in the same way as infectious diseases so whether you are a punter or not, here are the great songs that reference gambling.

Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley

Earned the title “The King of Rock 'n' Roll”, Elvis Presley's popularity exploded in 1956. Viva Las Vegas is one of his most recognized songs that has become the official song of the city of Las Vegas since 2002. The single that was recorded in 1964 was written as an original movie soundtrack with the same title and has become an iconic gambling song. 


When listening to the lyrics, you will understand that it describes the excitement of being in Vegas in the 1960s and the thrill of risking a large amount of money in the city’s splendidly luxurious casinos. The song has gained worldwide fame leading to its implementation in casino games and has been omnipresent in both land-based and online casinos.

The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

The song “The Gambler” tells a story of a meeting on a train and a gambler asks for a cup of whiskey and a cigarette from the singer in exchange for precious life advice. According to the wise gambler, in order to survive, people should be able to know what to reject and what to keep. These lyrics are a part of the culture and have probably been heard by every gambler because it is considered the most popular gambling song. 


The Gambler was written by Don Schlitz in 1976 but this song was recorded by several singers and the American country music singer Kenny Rogers made the song a mainstream success. Kenny Rogers’s version was released in 1978 and had become the number one country hit from which he won the Grammy award for best male country vocal performance in 1980.

Black Queen by Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills is an American musician, singer, and songwriter that had several popularity peaks in years. Although he was a member of two reputed bands; Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) and Buffalo Springfield, he had a successful solo career that pushed him over the top. Apart from "For What It's Worth" and "Sit Down, I Think I Love You", his song “Black Queen” released on the album Stephen Stills in 1970 made him renowned worldwide. 


Black Queen is a favourite among punters in both web-based and physical casinos. The acoustic blues tells about a card game Black queen, holding hearts to push gamblers to play a card game. The song stands the test of time and has been judged to be a masterpiece in the world of music.

Gamblin’ Man by Lonnie Donegan

"I'm a gamblin' man, man, man I'm a gamblin' man". Probably every gambler has already heard this popular chorus. Released in 1957, Gamblin’ Man is a co-writing song between Lonnie Donegan and Woody Guthrie. It was the last British single released on 78 RPM format because the 7" 45RPM Vinyl songs had become the norm at this time. 


After its release, this gambling song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in June and July 1957 for two weeks. The British singer, songwriter, and musician Lonnie Donegan is known as the "King of Skiffle" in the 1960s, and his song Gamblin’ Man is one of the tracks on his album "Heroes Collection".

Mr Mudd And Mr Gold by Townes van Zandt

If you are a fan of a Five-card stud game, you will surely enjoy Townes van Zandt’s song, Mr Mudd And Mr Gold. In the album Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt, Mr Mudd And Mr Gold actually describe a poker variant from which the players should have the perseverance to reach their goals. 


Written and performed by Townes Van Zandt, this American singer-songwriter is popular for his musical style which is described as melancholy including Mr Mudd And Mr Gold. Although this song didn't reach number one on the Billboard country music chart, it is considered a masterpiece with the lyrics pulling the listeners to play the iconic casino game, poker.

Poker Face by Lady Gaga

One of the songs that attained worldwide success is Poker Face performed by the American legendary singer Lady Gaga on her album, The Fame in 2008. Written by Lady Gaga herself with the help of the producer RedOne, Poker Face was named among the best gambling songs of all time. In effect, the song was judged as bursting with sexual intimation but Lady Gaga herself explained that it was also inspired by an emblematic gambling game, poker. 


As stated by the lyrics, when she plays poker, she enjoys bluffing. The single was the best-selling in 2009 with more than 10 million copies sold that year and topped the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the up-tempo dance-pop song was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2015.

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