The safest place to hold card games because of the new normal is at home. But everyone knows it’s never complete without the right hits. Want to create the ultimate gambling playlist for your casino-themed nights and home poker games? Continue reading to know ten songs that are essential to every home card game night.
1. “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen
Every game night at home, especially one where money is at stake, deserves to come out the gates strong. What better way to get everyone excited for a night of card games than with the Queen classic, “Another One Bites The Dust.”
The opening bass line makes grooving to it irresistible, and the song’s meaning is a perfect fit for any game night. “Bites the dust” in the literal sense means that someone dies but can be related to human failure in general.
Like every game night, “another one gone and another one gone” until there is one victor while everyone else bites the dust.
2. “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers
Anyone who enjoys music would enjoy country singer Kenny Rogers’s “The Gambler.” The country classic is Kenny Rogers’s account of meeting a wise gambler on a train. Game night players can listen intently and learn a little something from the hook of the song.
“Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” Knowing when to do these things are a sure-fire way to win any game night and to win at life in general.
3. “The Dealer” by Stevie Nicks
“The Dealer” by Stevie Nicks was a recent release on her 24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault album. Although being a new release, the song has a vintage feel since it was written in the late 70s.
“The Dealer” includes many references used in card games, even though it talks about love, relationships, and regret. Lines from the song like “I’d give it all out” and “If I known a little more, I’d run away.” can be applied to any car game night strategy.
4. “Waking Up In Vegas” by Katy Perry
Any card game aficionado stuck at home instead of playing the Las Vegas tables knows what Grammy-nominee Katy Perry is talking about in her song. “Waking Up In Vegas” is all about the blurry fiasco that is a night in Las Vegas.
A little too much alcohol, putting your money where your mouth is, and partying are a few of the things referenced in the song and what happens in Las Vegas. The music brings out a vibe that makes a card game night that much more fun.
5. “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” by Jerry Reed
This song by Grammy winner and country legend Jerry Reed brings out the roots when we look at every card game’s dynamics. The song sat on the throne in the country song charts for over five weeks in 1971.
The song features a lively vibe telling the story of a winning streak in a craps game until a cop’s arrival stops it. The lyrics “When you’re hot, you’re hot. When you’re not, you’re not” perfectly encapsulates the simplicity of gambling.
6. “The Winner Takes It All” by ABBA
The song by the superstar Swedish pop group gets everyone singing along or out of their seats in little to no time. There are unconfirmed rumors that the song is about the divorce between two of the band members.
The song’s title is based on the popular term “Winner takes all” used in numerous betting circles and games. It talks about everyone at the table going all in. Subsequently, the player with the best hand wins and takes it all.
7. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk
The record of the year “Get Lucky” by legendary pop duo Daft Punk is an essential addition to any card game night playlist. It isn’t like the duo would be making any more songs since they called it quits recently. Still, this song will continue to be a favorite classic.
Pharell Williams and Nile Rodgers being on track make it all the better. The song’s lyrics, “We’re up all night to get lucky,” is every card game night player’s motto.
8. “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga
The song that launched Grammy winner Lady Gaga’s career into superstardom is probably the most popular reference when talking about card games that involve betting. A poker face is when players show little to no emotion when playing a poker game, not to give any tell to your opponents whether you have an excellent hand or not.
The song uses the reference in love to avoid showing any emotion in intimate moments with a significant other. “Can’t read my poker face” is something that poker players wish to achieve.
9. “I’ll Bet You” by Jackson 5
The swanky tune by the prolific Jackson 5 relates gambling references to love and picking the right man. The Jackson 5, also known as the Jacksons, consists of members from the Jackson family, the most popular one being the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Choosing him would mean having the winning hand when we see lyrics like “If you want a winning hand. If you want a perfect man.” I guess betting is all about putting something at risk without knowing the outcome.
10. “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G.
The iconic song by Biggie Smalls is a perfect song to end the card game night, especially if you complete the night with more money than when you started. The song features verses from Puff Daddy and Mase with a very entertaining music video.
There are gambling references in the song like “We don’t play around, it’s a bet, lay it down.” The piece creates a vibe perfect for when everyone is about to end the game night and head home. Let’s just hope that winning mo’ money doesn’t make mo’ problems.
A lot of the songs related to gambling surprisingly also talk about love and life. So being a wise gambler would also mean being able to have a winning hand in love and life. Plus, music is known to have very specific effects on punters so turn the volume up, and let’s play!