If you’re about to settle into a night at your favourite online casino, then why not add some atmosphere with a little music? From rap to punk, there’s plenty of songs out there with a gambling theme to put you in the right mood. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work and collated a casino mixtape just for you — think of it as a belated Christmas present!
We’ve tried hard to avoid being unoriginal (how many times can a casino recommend Pokerface?!), and so our playlist is a little more eclectic. It spreads across all genres, with some great party tunes and some slightly subdued hits. So log in to the casino, sit back and listen to some of the greatest gambling themed songs ever.
Ok, we said we were aiming for a slightly more alternative mixtape, but classics are classics for a reason! Luck Be a Lady was first written for the musical Guys and Dolls The lyrics relate to the gambling theme of the stage show, and the protagonist Sky – who’s a keen player. However, shortly after it’s release in 1950 it became a signature song for Frank Sinatra. In our personal opinion, his version is the one worth listening to and, as Ol’ Blue Eyes had a strong connection with Las Vegas himself, we think it suits the crooner perfectly.
We know ABBA are a divisive bunch, you’ve probably either seen Mamma Mia ten times and own the soundtrack or you’ve sworn you’ll never ever watch it. I am actually in the latter camp, but you can’t argue with the fact that this song sums up perfectly the feeling of losing in a casino, or in love for that matter. Belt your heart out to it – come on, we know you know the words – and you’ll feel better about your losses in no time.
Whilst this song doesn’t have any direct links to gambling, it’s still the perfect song for when you’re on a winning streak. Drake raps about the fact him and his mates ‘started from the bottom’ yet ‘now we here’ – wherever here may be. If you’ve cashed in big from a 20p wager then this will feel like your anthem for the night, and it’s hiphop beat will definitely get your adrenaline pumping.
Another favourite on gambling playlists across the globe, but again we can’t argue with it! Ace of Spades not only has lyrics perfect for accompanying a few rounds of table games, but the late and great Lemmy’s gambling habits are almost as infamous as the track itself. However, the Motorhead frontman admitted that whilst he used card and dice metaphors, when it came to playing he was ‘more into the one-arm bandits actually’ but he thought that ‘you can’t really sing about spinning fruit, and the wheels coming down’.
This song tells a sad (or just, whichever way you look at it) story of a man who cheats at a game of poker and ends up shot dead for his deception. The song hails from the band’s platinum album London Calling, which has been ranked at number 8 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Whilst it may be a cautionary tale for gamblers, the band’s post-punk sound means it isn’t as depressing as it sounds and the band actually recorded each part twice overt to create ‘a sound as big as possible’ – perfect fuel for smashing out those (honest) wins.
House of the Rising Sun is a song that may date back as far as the 17th century, and that’s been reimagined and rearranged a hundred times over. Some fans may argue that it’s a Bob Dylan song at heart, but The Animals’ version sticks in our mind due to Scorsese’s use of it in the classic gambling film Casino. As the song wails about what gambling can do to a man and the ‘sin and misery’ it can bring, the mob’s Vegas operations come to a close and they decide to go out with a bang. It’s a great piece of cinematography for film buffs, but if you’re still yet to see the film then don’t watch the clip below!
We’re rounding our mixtape off with this upbeat,disco song from the French music duo Daft Punk. The song soared to success in 2013 (yeah we can’t believe it was a whole three years ago either), and it was declared the sound of that summer by many music critics. The song’s lyrics few and far between, but the chant ‘we’re up all night to get lucky’ is pretty unforgettable. Let the funk get you going, and have a boogie between spins – this feel good tune perfectly sums up what having fun at an online casino is all about!