As one of the most popular card games in the world, it’s not surprising that artists have spent decades singing about the game of poker. These songs are often about more than the game; they talk about life, the good and the bad times. They also capture the essence of the game, making them especially enjoyable for those familiar with poker. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this list of some of the best songs ever made about poker.
Lady Gaga – “Poker Face”
You couldn’t go into a club in 2009 without hearing Lady Gaga’s hit single “Poker Face” blasting over the speakers. The song sold over 9.5 million copies, making it that year’s best-selling single. The catchy tune is about the game of poker and life. The song talks about a person trying to maintain a poker face in an attempt to conceal their real feelings and emotions, all while drawing comparisons between the card game and love. Whether you usually play poker with friends in an online casino or at the bar, you’ll be able to relate to the lyrics. Lady Gaga left an indelible mark on the music industry with this song, and she continues to fill stadiums with fans packing in to listen to her pop hits.
Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler”
There’s probably no song about poker more memorable than ‘The Gambler’. With the chorus, “you gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em,” this iconic country song by Kenny Rogers became an instant classic. No other song packs in as much wisdom about the game of poker as this one. The song also provides some solid advice on how to live life.
Sting – “Shape of My Heart”
This song is about a poker player who seeks to acquire the knowledge necessary to master the game but cares nothing about winning. Sting sings about the player dealing cards to find the answer and the probability of an outcome. The player learns different patterns as the song progresses, identifying spades as “swords of a soldier,” clubs as “weapons of war,” and diamonds as “money for this art.” You’ve probably heard the song as you’ve gone about your day at the supermarket or eating lunch out. After more than three decades, it’s still popular.
Bob Dylan – “Huck’s Tune”
This song by legendary rocker Bob Dylan was released on the soundtrack of the 2007 movie, Lucky You. The movie tells the story of a talented poker player willing to give up everything to gain a seat at the table with professional players. Although the song doesn’t include any specific references to the movie’s plots or characters, it talks about life’s ups and downs and poker.
Motörhead – “Ace of Spades”
Last but not least is the 1980 classic by heavy metal band Motörhead. It’s one of the most popular metal songs ever released and has been covered by several artists. This tribute to the ace of spaces includes several verses about poker, although you may have trouble hearing them over the heavy bassline.