In just a few days time, the Mercury Music Prize – one of the most prestigious in the music industry – will be awarded at a star-studded ceremony in London. The likes of Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and The XX are all shortlisted, but there’s one thing we noticed that was missing from the line-up.
Where are all the casino songs?
Luckily, there are loads of songs out there that fit the bill and the debate has been raging in the mFortune office for a good 15 minutes or so about which casino songs are the best. And finally, we think we’ve cracked it.
From songs about Bingo to poker and even a subtle nod to slots, there are plenty of toe-tapping tunes that would make the perfect soundtrack to your time in our mobile casino.
Here is our ultimate list – well our top seven – of the best casino songs:
1. Poker Face by Lady Gaga
“I wanna hold’em like the do in Texas, please / fold ‘em, let em’ hit me / raise it baby, stay with me”
It’s clear from the opening lyric that Lady Gaga was singing about arguably the most famous card game in the world, Texas Hold’em Poker. Okay, so maybe it’s all one big metaphor for not coming on too strong in a relationship but it’s got “poker” in the title. We’re claiming this one as a casino song!
Even if you’re not a fan of Lady Gaga and her synth-pop, this is one tune we challenge you to fight tapping your toes to. Oh, and one listen and it’ll be in stuck in your head. ALL day. Sorry not sorry!
2. Russian Roulette by Rhianna
Back in 2009 (yep, it really was released THAT long ago!), Barbadian pop princess Rhianna sang about a pretty deadly game of Russian Roulette. Of course, we at mFortune much prefer the variety, and a simple choice between red or black.
The song is actually about a toxic relationship rather than the casino classic game of chance, but hey – you can’t beat a mean and moody ballad every now and again can you? If you’re making a casino songs playlist, this song has got to make it on there.
3. Big Casino by Jimmy Eat World
We at mFortune are a modest bunch, but we’re pretty confident that when indie rockers Jimmy Eat World sang about a Big Casino they were talking about us. The video for this one was filmed in Sin City itself, it’s got “casino” in the title…how many more connections do you need. Bravo, Jimmy Eat World! Big Casino is number three on our casino songs playlist.
4. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
First off, find us someone who doesn’t like country music. We’ll wait. Secondly, Kenny’s 1987 classic couldn’t BE about anything else. It’s called The Gambler after all! Not only is it the perfect song for anyone who likes a flutter in a mobile casino like mFortune, it’s also a pretty good metaphor.
The lyrics look at how timing is everything. And, perhaps most importantly, knowing when it’s best to cut-and-run! Get this one on your casino songs playlist; you’ll be singing along in no time.
5. Luck Be a Lady – Frank Sinatra
When it comes to mobile slots, luck is the name of the game. After all, they’re a game of chance and no-one knows how those reels are going to line up in the end. With that in mind then, our casino songs playlist certainly wouldn’t be complete without Old Blue Eyes himself and Luck Be a Lady. We can’t guarantee that listing to Frank croon will bring you luck, but it’ll certainly make your day.
6. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive
Another song that’ll be stuck in your head all day (again, sorry not sorry!) is this ‘80s classic from Dead or Alive. Why has this made our list of casino songs? Well mobile slots reels spin round, don’t they? This song could almost be about a slot machine rather than a record.
In fact, we at mFortune are thinking of starting a petition to change the name of the song altogether…
7. Bingo Bango by Basement Jaxx
If bingo is your bag-o, then the first casino song you need to add to your playlist is Bingo Bango by dance-duo Basement Jaxx. It might not be the most lyrically genius song – it literally repeats “Bingo, Bingo, be -be -Bingo, Bango” – but if you love a game or two of mFortune mobile bingo, this one’s for you. Maybe we should speak to BB about getting it on loop on the in-game radio station? Actually – on second thoughts…
Have we missed any songs off the list? Head on over to our Facebook page to let us know which songs you think we should add!