If there’s one thing nobody can accuse the casino of having it’s a catchy soundtrack – brick-and-mortar joints tend to have fairly laid back background music to keep you chilled and relaxed, anyone looking for a real audio experience would have to step away from the tables and go to one of the amazing live-shows that are constantly being played around Las Vegas! Or, if you aren’t in Vegas… I guess wherever you can go?
You don’t really get the same problem playing online, you can be playing live roulette somewhere like https://casino.betfair.com/c/live-roulette and have a YouTube tab open in the background playing whatever you want to listen to. But then you have another problem, what sorta songs do you listen to? Well, whatever you like, but if you want something to set the mood here are the three best casino songs you could plug into a playlist.
Luck be a Lady – Frank Sinatra
This is a multi-layered recommendation, ol’ Blue Eyes is very much associated with the Vegas aesthetic and this particular song is one that a lot of people will hope to come true. While it may be associated with Sinatra, he wasn’t actually the original singer for this famous tune – that was actually Robert Alda and the song itself was a major part of the musical Guys and Dolls. The song is about Sky Masterson, a notorious gambler who’s trying to win a game of craps where he’s bet a thousand dollars against the souls of a dozen other gamblers in order to try and keep his promise to the woman he loves. It makes a lot more sense in context. But the song pleading with luck to help him in his hour of need for the roll of the dice is a feeling that just about any player can relate to. The whole of Guys and Dolls has a gambling theme running through it but the Sinatra version just adds that little touch of class to enhance the experience.
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
Another song with multiple covers and once again, Kenny Rogers isn’t the first. It was released two or three times before some of the big names noticed like Johnny Cash. His version would probably be the one everyone knows were it not for Kenny Rogers managing to secure that top spot with a soulful rendition. This song tells the story of a gambler and a narrator, the gambler gives some of the most famous advice in lyrical history “You got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em” using gambling as a metaphor, the Gambler explains the importance of knowing when it’s time to go. Or he’s being literal and saying sometimes you need to grab your chips and sprint for the door but, y’know, we don’t recommend that.
Big Casino – Jimmy Eat World
This one’s not quite as… evocative as the others. Big Casino has an undeniable Vegas aesthetic about it in the video, but the lyrics aren’t really about taking a chance it’s about the narrator making it big. They do drop a few mentions to the lottery though, and casino is IN the title.
Alright, that last one isn’t the strongest entry in the category, what do you think? Is there a better choice for a third casino song? Let us know in the comments below!