The Most Famous Casino-Themed Pop Songs

The glamour and excitement of casinos have been the inspiration for pop songs for decades, from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to Katy Perry and Mumford & Sons. If you are looking for some music to listen to while you play online bingo, consider some of the options here:

The Gambler

Artist: Kenny Rogers

Released in 1978, “The Gambler” was written by the Nashville songwriter Don Schlitz. About poker, a game at all casinos land-based or online like cherry jackpot casino, the classic chorus lines, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em,” is about a conversation with an old poker player on a train about poker and life. For Kenny Rogers, The Gambler gave him the title track to his biggest-selling album.

Luck Be A Lady

Artist: Frank Sinatra

Written by Frank Loesser in 1950 for the musical Guys and Dolls, this song was first performed in the theatre version by Robert Alda as gambler Sky Masterson.  The lead role in the 1955 film version was Marlon Brando, with Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit. Frank Sinatra went on to become a regular at Las Vegas casinos during the1950s and 60s heyday and the song that he is probably most famous for sees him praying for the Craps gods to be on his side.

Waking Up In Vegas

Artist: Katy Perry

Written by Katy Perry in collaboration with Desmond Child and Swedish songwriter and producer Andreas Carlsson, a lot happens in Katy Perry’s 2009 song, including dressing up as Elvis and getting married to a stranger, which is what you get from waking up in Vegas. Perry has described Vegas as “an iconic place where lots of trouble goes down,” and says the song is fun and about getting into trouble and not regretting it. The song went to number one in charts about five years after it was actually written.

Snake Eyes

Artist: Mumford & Sons

British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons wrote this melodic track in 2015, about a man down on his luck who is pining for a former girlfriend, a dangerous and deceptive woman. Snake Eyes is a term for the ex, but also used for one of the worst rolls possible, double one in Craps, and is used in the song to describe the man’s bad luck leading him to lose everything.

Viva Las Vegas

Artist: Elvis Presley

Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman in 1963 as the title song for the film of the same name starring Elvis Presley, one of his most famous and enduring movies. In the movie, the Elvis’ character is from out of town, and he has that enthusiasm and awe that comes with the chance of hitting it rich in the city, trying to win enough cash to buy himself a new car. The song has been used to promote Sin City since it captures the glitz and glamour with the promise: “If I wind up broke up well, I’ll always remember that I had a swingin’ time”.