The Ultimate Poker Playlist: Songs That Deal A Winning Hand

In our humble opinion, this is a definitive list of poker songs and a great starting point for further research into artists who used poker lingo to convey affection, their fears, passions, or even certain health issues.

From Delta blues to pure American country, from rock anthems to pop bangers, we present to you the best poker songs ever recorded!

Absolutely Cool and Timeless Poker Songs

The chances are high that you’ve heard these classic poker songs. If you haven’t, then what exactly did you do in college?! For the right measure, we will kick off with a headbanger that will make you move your body in ways you didn’t know was possible, while the second sets a much moodier tone, ideal for a rainy day.

  1. Ace of Spades – Motorhead. We’re starting off with a bang! These guys knew how to turn things up a notch! The top spot on our list of the greatest songs about poker rightfully belongs to one of the most successful heavy metal bands, Motorhead. From the moment that heavy bassline hits until this under-three-minutes 1980 banger finishes, you’ll be jumping around the house playing air guitar, with filthy distortions piercing through your ears.
  2. Desperado – The Eagles. This is an abrupt transition, but bear with us: put on your headphones and turn the volume down a bit for maximum experience. Co-written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, out-and-out kings of rock ballads, this Eagles track is bursting with poker references and surely qualifies for one of the best poker songs ever. The song’s title may be deceiving, but the Eagles are not referring to a bandit on the run: instead, the protagonist sees solitude as prison and fears dying alone.
  3. Dark and Gritty Poker Songs That Are Diamonds in the Rough. Turning the volume down a notch. We suggest listening to the following three poker songs in our collection alone, with your headphones on. Dark and gritty, but still full of emotion and lush to the core, with majestic vocal performances that will send shivers down your spine.
  4. Huck’s Tune – Bob Dylan. If you’ve seen the 2007 movie Lucky You, which tells a story about a prospective poker player who is ready to lose it all to get a spot at the poker table with the pros., then you are probably familiar with this track. Although Dylan makes specific references to the plot and characters in this flick, stripped of the context, Huck’s Tune is still a dreamy, lush tune that will immediately enchant you.
  5. The Stranger Song – Leonard Cohen. Released in 1967 and inspired by the 1955 film The Man with the Golden Arm, Leonard Cohen’s The Stranger Song remains one of the best poker songs, even though its lyrics deal with so much more than this ultimate card game.
  6. On The Nickel – Tom Waits. On the first listen, the lyrics of Tom Waits’ On The Nickel may sound dumbfounding to an average poker player. When Waits says he knows of “a place where a royal flush can never beat a pair,” he isn’t referring to some weird poker variant. Instead, he talks of a place where all of the rules are long forgotten, and only the fittest survive.

Rock Poker Songs That You’ll Enjoy Loud

Are you ready to rock?! Write a note for your neighbors and apologize for the loud music because the following songs about poker we have prepared for you will literally blow your ears off! So put on your leather jackets and get ready to jump for these roof-raising classic rock anthems!

  1. The Jack – AC/DC. Although brimming with poker references (aces, full house, royal flush), The Jack by AC/DC has nothing to do with poker.
  2. Deuces Are Wild – Aerosmith. Those who have played deuces wild poker are well aware that your main goal is to land a two. Of course, it is because deuces can replace any other card you need.
  3. Classic Poker Songs That Sound a Bit Dated But Are Still Awesome. From lesser-known rock bands to nearly a century old blues classics, these songs about the game might feel slightly outdated, but they are still perfect for listening to as you learn how to play poker! We did our research, and we bet you haven’t heard at least one of these tracks, so kick back and relax as we present three classic poker songs you might have missed.
  4. Diamond Jack – Wishbone Ash. Wishbone Ash is perhaps the least known band in our collection of songs about poker, but the lyrics of their 1977 song are filled with poker reference to the brim, so it would be a shame not to include it.
  5. Kenny Rogers – The Gambler. If there’s one poker tune that should be part of the history of poker, then it’s this absolute country music classic and one of the most memorable poker songs.
  6. Little Queen of Spades – Robert Johnson. Robert Johnson’s classic blues tune is hands down the oldest track in the poker songs book and is packed with gambling references, including the little queen of spades that men won’t leave alone.
  7. Newer but Still Cool Poker Songs. Entering the bouncy world of pop, here come a couple of songs that have been released fairly recently but cemented their position among the most remarkable songs about poker.
  8. Poker Face – Lady Gaga. The beginning of Lady Gaga’s rise to stardom practically coincided with the global poker boom of the early 2000s. And what else was the girl to do but capitalize on the rising popularity of the game!
  9. Pokerface – Ghostface Killah (ft. Shawn Wigs). If you’re making a poker song, you can’t possibly go wrong with samples of World Series of Poker TV coverage, the sound of poker chips clattering, and a couple of lines from the movie Rounders (1998 drama about the underground world of high stakes poker).
  10. Classic Poker Songs That May Not Be So Good. Let’s go back a couple of decades and see what artists had to say about poker in the 1960s. These are classic songs about poker that some might say haven’t aged well. Regardless, they both deserve to be included in our list, if for nothing else, then because the people who sang them were and remain one of the biggest stars in music history.
  11. Frank Sinatra – Luck Be a Lady. Luck Be a Lady was first featured in the musical Guys and Dolls, but it wasn’t until a decade later that Frank Sinatra immortalized it.
  12. Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley. It may sound surprising, but the unofficial anthem of the Gambling Capital of the World wasn’t a massive hit at the time when it was released.

Poker Songs That Are Lame

Trying too hard is never good. Just take a look at any pop star going the extra mile to stay relevant forever. Well, these fellas seem to have put their heart and soul into the lyrics and music they wrote, but the final result comes off a bit cheesy and over the top. We’ll let you judge for yourself as we present the last two songs about poker in our list:

  1. Clint Black – A Good Run of Bad Luck. Clint Black’s A Good Run of Bad Luck tells us about the perils of following your heart while splashing us with a bunch of gambling lingo.
  2. Shape of My Heart – Sting. There is a strong chance you’ll hear Sting’s Shape of My Heart at your local grocery store at any time of the day.

Folding It

We hope you enjoyed our selection of songs about poker and had fun while listening to these tracks. We tried to cover as many genres as we could to appeal to everyone’s taste.

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