Gambling is a frequent topic in this world, and has been since a long time ago. There haven’t been gambling songs in the middle age, or if they existed, we certainly do not know of any, but, the 20th and 21st century are all full of great songs about gambling. Some of them are so iconic that even a single second is enough to give it away.
Here are the best songs about gambling.
The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
Eric Burdon sang his heart out with this song. The dynamic of his vocal line is amazing, from start to finish. The song starts with arpeggios on the guitar, arpeggios which almost any guitarist knows. Not long after, you get to hear Burdon’s voice carry the song, at least until the amazing piano solo. This great song was released in 1964 and to this day, remains a classic.
The song tells of a father who was a gambler, losing himself in it, but the lyrics are only a part of it. The entire song tells a story of its own, which transfers that emotion of addiction perfectly, as well as sadness, maybe even anger.
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
This is a simple song which tells of a gambler who doesn’t care about winning or losing, but rather the act of gambling itself. It’s a song about gambling addiction, and the love of gambling. It is a very high-paced song which has iconic guitar and bass riffs, as well as Lemmy Kilmister’s voice, which matches the fast, burning rhythm of the song. The song was released in 1980 and remains a gamble classic, as well as a rock classic.
Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
This song, released in 1979, sung by Kenny Rogers, was written by Don Schlitz. The song is about a man meeting another man on a train. The first man is the singer himself, the second one a gambler. The song serves as a warning to all the card players out there. You need to know when to hold’em and when to fold’em. This warning also applies to almost anything, but the song is obviously a gambling song and a classic, as well.
Gregg Allman – Queen of Hearts
The song is a love song, essentially, but with a name like Queen of Hearts and other references like gambling with your own happiness, it is also a song about gambling. Gregg wrote this song for his then second wife, in 1973. Given that he was married and divorced six times, this song does speak of gambling, as love can be quite a gamble at times.
Sting – Shape of My Heart
Sting is a great artist who left his own mark, multiple times. This song, released in 1993, speaks of a man who wants to get to the heart of poker, of gambling. It is a great gambling song, another one of Sting’s masterpieces.
These are some of the best songs about gambling which have also done well, either on the charts, or in general.