We all know that playing casino games is fun, how about making it even more fun? Listening to the perfect song while forming the perfect Blackjack hand is the best way to do it!
There are many tracks that refer explicitly to this type of pastime: in this article, we selected some musical pieces inspired in particular by the famous card game of Blackjack.
Blackjack’s centuries-long evolution
In recounting the history of Blackjack, it is worth noting how much time has passed from Blackjack’s genesis to the present day and how its appeal has remained undeniably intact.
In practical terms, there is slight difference between playing a game of Blackjack in a land-based casino and one in an innovative online casino. Today you have this extra option, which nothing detracts from the game itself; on the contrary, it always gives you something different!
As is often the case with games and traditions, over time, there has been a slight change in its rules, but this has not affected the level of enjoyment that has passed not only through centuries but also between different countries, each of which has dedicated songs to the game of Blackjack.
Let’s find out together the songs that have made the history of this famous game of chance.
Blackjack, Death Grips (2012)
Opening the list of songs that take their cues from Blackjack is one of the most exciting bands of the last decade, namely Death Grips, whose experimental hip hop, with its dark and scratchy tones that sometimes blur into electronic and industrial, has gained important feedback both in terms of audience and critics.
Within their debut album, “The Money Store,” from 2012, there is a track entitled precisely “Blackjack,” which, through reference to the famous card game, metaphorically recounts episodes from the personal life of the band’s lead singer; for those who have not yet had a chance to learn more about Death Grips, this is an excellent choice to get closer to their world.
Black Jack, Baciotti (1977)
Different era, different sound: we are talking about French composer, singer, and producer Christian Baciotti, who in the late 1970s had a fair amount of success throughout Europe with the song “Black Jack,” contained in the 1977 album of the same name.
Characterized by typically disco music sounds, the song combines a sweeping and upbeat atmosphere with lyrics inspired precisely by the contradictions of gambling and its ability to attract players to what is, in some ways, the temple of fun and luxury, namely the casino.
Unfortunately, Baciotti, after this exploit and another album released the following year (“Moody Blue Rendez-Vous”), disappeared from the scene, reappearing only as an arranger for singer Bibie in the late 1980s.
Blackjack, Ray Charles (1958)
Also dedicating a song to the game of Blackjack was one of the greatest artists of all time, namely Ray Charles, who, within his rich and incredible discography, included a song entitled precisely “Blackjack.”
The song, featured on his fourth studio album “Yes Indeed!” from 1958, talks about his adventures at the game in a somewhat disillusioned and pessimistic way, referring to the fact that he failed to win anything and almost lost his mind trying to get something from the cards. In short, this was an unforgettable experience that instead remained forever etched in a memorable piece of music with enveloping and relaxing tones.
Aces of Spades, Motorhead (1980)
From 1980 is “Aces of Spades,” one of the most famous songs of the heavy metal band Motörhead, which between distorted guitars and frantic rhythms here, refer to the world of gambling in a broader way than seen in the previously mentioned titles.
We can still consider the song as one of the most significant around the blackjack theme since specific references to this game, poker, and casinos are discerned in the lyrics.
Viva Las Vegas, Elvis Presley (1964)
“Viva Las Vegas” is one of the most significant pieces ever about casinos and what can be considered the home of gaming, namely Las Vegas. Who hasn’t listened to this song at least once in their life?
In 1964, dedicating a song to the rich and glittering city of Nevada, Elvis Presley in “Viva Las Vegas” sings about the attractions of this splendid place, where among “blackjack, poker, and roulette wheels,” it is easy to get lost in search of fun.
The song gives its title to the movie of the same name that stars Presley himself alongside Ann-Margret, a love story set against a backdrop of gaming and roaring engines.
Blackjack, Airbourne (2003)
This is another dip into heavy metal, but in more recent times, with Australia’s Airbourne. In 2007 they named a track on their debut album “Runnin’ Wild” after the blackjack game.
The track is explicitly about a night at the casino gone wrong, in which, however, the
thrill of the risk compensates for the game ended negatively: an energetic, fast-paced
track in which the traditional card game is the protagonist in every respect.