10 songs about Las Vegas you’ve never heard of — VIDEO

Lyrical references and songs about Las Vegas are about as common as anything in music. Most Las Vegans love or at least are familiar with classics like Elvis’ “Viva Las Vegas,” Sinatra’s “Luck be a Lady” and Barry Manilow’s “Here’s to Las Vegas.”

But beyond the most famous Vegas tunes exist dozens of lesser-known songs worth a listen. Here’s a list of 10 songs about Las Vegas you might not have heard of.

WARNING: Songs marked with a * contain graphic language. 

“Lucky Too” by Bob Neuwirth

“It was Christmas in Las Vegas, when the locals take the town. Theresa hit a streak and laid her waitress’ apron down.”

A song about Christmas in Las Vegas takes place at the Gold Spike on Fremont Street. Released in 1996, it’s the ultimate tale about winning and “quitting” while you’re ahead.

“Vegas” by Clubstrophobia*

“If you’re going to Vegas leave all your worries behind. If you’re going to Vegas be ready to turn on a dime.”

A small group from Norway perhaps best captured a musical feel of both the Las Vegas of old and new in their 2003 song. The music video is particularly fascinating, too, and earned a nomination for Best Music Video by the British Animation Awards in 2004.

“Queen of Las Vegas” by the The B-52s

“Oh, your father was a one-eyed jack of hearts, with diamonds and an ace up his sleeve. Let me tell you I got the system. I got the plan, I got the plan.”

A girl asks her dying mother for advice about gambling, seeking advice from the Queen Of Las Vegas, herself. Or is the entire song a metaphor for a woman so hooked in gambling, that queens, jacks and aces have already become family?

Though the wordplay in the 1983 hit can be interpreted in a variety of ways, one thing’s for sure: being the Queen of Las Vegas is not an easy task.

“Vegas Two Times” by Stereophonics*

The Welsh rock band makes reference to the now-closed Studio 54 and Crazy Horse Too in their 2010 jam about a wild time in Sin City and a strong desire to return.

“Now we’re leaving Las Vegas two times. Crazy Horse Too spent us dry. Vietnam vet taxi ride. Las Vegas.”

“Las Vegas Turnaround” by Hall & Oates

“Sara’s off on a turnaround. Flying gambling fools to the holy land, Las Vegas. Sometimes she’s here and sometimes she can’t be found.”

Playing off a musical turnaround in their 1973 hit, Hall & Oates describe the turnaround of Sara, who’s living it up in Las Vegas.

“40 Miles to Vegas” by Southern Culture on the Skids*

This 1997 country rock song about a drive to the Las Vegas Valley that gets “busted and broken down,” 40 miles away. Picked up by a tow truck driver “high on crack,” the traveler worries his dreams of  “eight balls and one-eyed jacks” might be in jeopardy.

“40 miles from Vegas and we all started prayin’. I’ve been givin’ what the road’s been takin”

“Jesus in Vegas” by Chumbawamba*

“My good friend Sinatra on my right, Andrew Lloyd Webber is doing the lights. It’s twice a night for twenty five nights.”

In a nod to classic Vegas residencies, the British one-hit-wonder known for “Tubthumping,” actually made a few other songs, including this one about the Strip, released in 2000. A good song, too.

“Vegas” by Sara Bareilles

“Gonna sell my car and go to Vegas, cause somebody told me that’s where dreams would be. Gonna sell my car and go to Vegas, finally see my name upon the Palace marquis.”

The 2007 hit from Sara Bareilles perhaps reflects the mindset of millions of Americans and people around the world that also wish they lived in Las Vegas.

“Little Chapel” by Heather Myles featuring Dwight Yoakam

“We’re goin’ to the Little Chapel on the Las Vegas Strip, where the preacher looks like Elvis. We could even strike it rich.”

The 2002 country ballad is filled with references to the Strip and Vegas culture, where “life is a gamble, but our love’s a sure bet.”

“Las Vegas, Nevada” by Andrew W.K.

“Unholy passion in a timeless night, you came to win. Who can resist the sin in Las Vegas?”

The instrumentals from the 2006 rock song incorporates familiar sounds from Las Vegas casinos and gaming machines, and the lyrics say it all.

Contact Chris Kudialis at ckudialis@reviewjournal.com. Find him on Twitter: @kudialisRJ

Entertainment
You Can Design With 3D Printers, Laser Cutters And Ceramics At Discovery Children's Museum
You Can Design With 3d Printers, Laser Cutters And Ceramics At Discovery Children's Museum (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Champagne vending machine at Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas
One of only a few in the country, the Moët & Chandon machine at the Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas is stocked with Imperial Rose for Valentine’s Day. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Las Vegas Valentine’s Day desserts
Mio Ogasawara of Sweets Raku and Rebecca Bills of Gen3 Hospitality in Las Vegas create elaborate Valentine’s Day desserts. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal
One Night For One Drop
Cirque du Soleil cast and crew donate their time and talent to this year's "One Night For One Drop" performance at the "O" Theatre in the Bellagio. The event takes place March 8, 2019, and benefits the One Drop organization. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Chinese New Year Parade
Chinese New Year parade takes place on Fremont Street. (Bill Hughes/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Manzo restaurant a key part of Eataly
Nicole Brisson, executive chef of Eataly, at Park MGM in Las Vegas, talks about new restaurant.
Designer Makes Festival-style Crowns
Designer at MAGIC trade show Makes Festival-style Crowns (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Excalibur Raises tent that will house "Fuerza Bruta" show
Workers at Excalibur raised a tent, which will be the home of "Fuerza Bruta," a temporary show that will run from March 7 to September 1, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Roc Boots Make For Glittery Festival Wear
With 3-inch-tall chunky heels, cleated platforms, and sparkly glitter, you’ll want to wear these to dance the night away. Sally Cull, product and development for Roc Boots Australia, assures you that you can. (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Get A Custom-painted Jacket At Las Vegas Fashion Event
On the first of the two-night Commotion event, clothing brands connected with consumers, offering shopping, giveaways and customization opportunities. (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Venetian Celebrates The "Year Of The Pig"
The Venetian hosted dancers to celebrate the Chinese New Year and "Year of the Pig." The dancers performed a traditional eye-dotting ceremony and lion dance. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Pepe the truffle-hunting dog
Jose Andres knows that quality black truffles can also be found in his native Spain. He’ll be sharing some with the world for a week, starting Monday. From Feb. 11-17, his Cosmopolitan restaurant Jaleo will be showcasing four special dishes made with Spanish truffles discovered by the truffle-hunting dogs of his friend Nacho Ramírez Monfort. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tony Abou-Ganim mixes drink at Libertine Social
Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist, helped change the cocktail culture in Las Vegas. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Masaharu Morimoto talks ramen in Las Vegas
Masaharu Morimoto talks about bringing a ramen restaurant to Las Vegas. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Morimoto considering full-time Las Vegas ramen spot
Morimoto talks about a full-time ramen spot in Las Vegas. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign moves to new home at Neon Museum Boneyard
The famous and newly restored, Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign is working it's way to a permanent home at the Neon Museum Boneyard in downtown Las Vegas. It will be moved in six pieces and take five days for reconstruction. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign moves to Neon Museum Boneyard
The famous and newly restored, Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign has been moved to its permanent home at the Neon Museum Boneyard in downtown Las Vegas. It will be moved in six pieces and take five days for reconstruction. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign moves to new Las Vegas home
The famous and newly restored Hard Rock Cafe guitar sign has moved to a permanent home at the Neon Museum Boneyard in downtown Las Vegas. It will be moved in six pieces and take five days for reconstruction. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Las Vegas band Otherwise release song and video in tribute to slain cousin
Adrian and Ryan Patrick, brothers in the band Otherwise with drummer Brian Medeiros, talk about the release of a tribute song to their deceased cousin Ivan. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Artist Joshua Vides created a "White Wedding" chapel for Billy Idol's Las Vegas residency
Artist Joshua Vides created a "White Wedding" chapel for Billy Idol's Vegas residency (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Try the Burning History cocktail at Zuma In Las Vegas
Try the Burning History cocktail at Zuma In Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES final night showcases Drake at XS Nightclub
Drake performed for CES attendees and club-goers at XS Nightclub in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (John Katsilometes Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES Happy Hour party at Hangover Suite at Caesars Palace
Conventioneers mingled during the Hardware Massive CES 2019 Happy Hour Bash at The Hangover Suite at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
CES 2019 Has A Cordless Hair Dryer
CES Has A Cordless Hair Dryer (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES Opening Party in Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace
CES conventioneers packed Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace, and let loose as they danced to DJs into the night. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Print intricate designs, your pet or your face on your nails
Print intricate designs, your pet or your face on your nails (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2019: Panel talks Impossible Burger 2.0
Panel talks Impossible Burger at CES during launch at Border Grill on Monday, Jan. 7. (Ben Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Momofuku Makes A Cocktail With Bok Choy And Beets
Momofuku Makes A Cocktail With Bok Choy And Beets (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Dream of AJ Montgomery
AJ Montgomery lost part of his leg in a vehicle accident but found his dream as a performer in “Le Reve.” (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kelly Clinton-Holmes of the Stirling Club
John Katsilometes chats with Kelly Clinton-Holmes, director of the Stirling Club's New Year's Eve entertainment.
ad-high_impact_4
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like