The greatest poker song ever has been announced
A survey reveals what poker song is the top gambling-themed song of all time
A different kind of poker battle has been waged and the victor has emerged. There’s no million-dollar cash prize, no trophy or bracelet, no new entry on Hendon Mob. This competition was to determine what song was the best poker-related song ever but, in the end, there can be only one.
The winner was chosen by a very non-scientific poll conducted of 1,000 poker fans in Europe. The hands-down winner was Ace of Spades, the 1980 rock hit by the English rock band Motörhead. It became one of the group’s most popular songs, and included a reference to the hand Wild Bill Hickock was holding when he was shot. The song includes the line, “I know you’ve got to see me, read ’em and weep, Dead man’s hand again, aces and eights.”
Lady Gaga’s Poker Face proved to be no competition for Ace of Spades, not even coming close to threatening its win. Coming in third was House of the Rising Son by Eric Burdon and the Animals.
One person who probably wouldn’t be thrilled with about the acknowledgment would have been Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, the band’s singer, bassist and songwriter. Lemmy passed away a few years ago from cancer, but had previously said of the song, “To be honest, although ‘Ace of Spades’ is a good song, I’m sick to death of it now. Two decades on, when people think of Motörhead, they think ‘Ace of Spades.'” He said in a separate interview in 2011, “I’m glad we got famous for that rather than for some turkey, but I sang ‘The eight of spades’ for two years and nobody noticed.”