When you think of ‘The Casino’ soundtrack, what comes to mind? Is it the classic Sinatra tunes? The cool, jazzy tracks by the Bobby Darin Trio? How about the infectious songs by Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis? Well, the soundtrack for The Casino features an eclectic mix of songs, from classic Rat Pack tunes to modern pop and hip-hop tracks. The soundtrack was curated by Chester French, a band made up of twin brothers D.A. and Andrew Marr. The soundtrack features an impressive lineup of artists, including legends like Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Mickey, and Fleetwood Mac. These were some of the biggest names in music, and the songs on the soundtrack will definitely surprise you. While the soundtrack features as many as 62 songs, here are the best 16 songs from the Casino Soundtrack Ranked:
16. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)- Tony Bennett
Written in 1964 by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, this song is part of a larger play called “The Roar of the Greasepaint- The Smell of the Crowd.” The song was featured in both the stage and film versions of the show. At the time, Tony Bennett was enjoying a successful recording career.
15. What a Difference a Day Makes- Dinah Washington
This 1958 song was the B-side to Dinah Washington’s first hit single, “What a Difference a Day Makes.” During her career, Dinah Washington earned two Grammy Awards and was nominated a third time.
14. Slippin’ and Slidin’- The Little Richards
A 1957 single by The Little Richard and his band, “Slippin’ and Slidin'” was a hit for the group. The song reached number 8 on the Billboard R&B chart and was featured in the 1956 film of the same title.
13. I’ll Take You There- The Staple Singers
This 1972 song was recorded by The Staple Singers and produced by Curtis Mayfield. The song was part of the band’s “Freedom Highway” album. According to Grammy, this hit was nominated for a 1973 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
12. I Ain’t Superstitious- Jeff Beck
This song was written and recorded by Jeff Beck in 1969. The track featured on the “Blow by Blow” album. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart and was a Top 40 hit in England, where it peaked at #28. This version of the song is an instrumental, with Tom Scott providing the vocals on the soundtrack.
11. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)- Otis Redding
The song features the soundtrack to the film. The song was recorded in 1965, while Redding was on tour. This version of the song runs just short of three minutes but is widely known for its very long intro.
10. You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You- Dean Martin
The song was recorded by Dean Martin in 1952. The song is also featured on the film’s original soundtrack and was released as a single by RCA Camden Records. It reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for seven weeks; and number 2 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, where it stayed for three weeks.
9. The Glory of Love- The Velvetones
An instrumental track, “The Glory of Love” was released in 1957 by The Velvetones. The song reached number 7 on Billboard’s Rhythm & Blues chart and was featured in the 1957 film of the same title.
8. Compared to What- Eddie Harris
Written by Gene McDaniels and first First recorded in 1966, this jazz-soul took a firm stance and protested against the Vietnam War. It blasted US President Lyndon B. Johnson and his administration over the war.
7. Go Your Own Way- Fleetwood Mac
Featured in the film, “Go Your Own Way” was a single by Fleetwood Mac, released in 1977. The song was part of the band’s “Rumours” album and reached number 13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Within four months of its release, it was certified gold for sales of over one million copies in the United States.
6. How High The Moon- Mary Ford
A 1958 single by Mary Ford, it was her signature tune. It was released in June of that year and peaked at number 23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for 11 weeks. The song reached number 4 on the Billboard R&B chart and remained there for four weeks.
5. Love Is The Drug- Roxy Music
Roxy Music was formed in 1971, by Bryan Ferry. The band recorded “Love is the Drug” in 1977 and it featured on the band’s self-titled debut album. It reached number 21 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and remained there for a week.
4. Ain’t Got No Home- Clarence Henry
A song with a strong social message from Clarence Henry, it was released in 1971. The song emphasizes the hardships of being homeless and was strong criticism of the homeless and poverty programs of the time. It was a hit in the United Kingdom and reached number 11 on the UK Singles Chart while reaching number 13 on the Irish Singles Chart.
3. Love Is Strange- Mickey
Written by Mickey and Sylvia, this song was released in 1957. The song reached number 9 on Billboard’s Rhythm & Blues chart and number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was featured in the film “Platinum High School” in 1959.
2. Hoochie Coochie Man- Muddy Waters
The song was recorded by Muddy Waters in 1954. It reached number 6 on Billboard’s Rhythm & Blues chart and number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is notable for Muddy Waters’ vocal stylings and the harmonica skills of Willie Dixon, who played on the track.
1. Nights in White Satin- The Moody Blues
The contribution of The Moody Blues to the soundtrack was a cover version of the 1967 song “Nights in White Satin.” According to Shazam, the single was released in 1968 and reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remained for four weeks. It reached number 3 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and remained there for two weeks. It also reached number 6 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and remained there for two weeks.
The casino soundtrack is hard to beat for nostalgia, drama, and entertainment. It’s a unique historical snapshot of its era and the soundtrack to many childhoods. If you were there during the 1970s and particularly the early 1980s, you’ve probably got a soft spot for these songs, and there are some top tracks on this great album. The Casino Movie Soundtrack is a fantastic collection of classic rock, soul, and pop tunes that range from pop classics to disco music to Motown hits. The soundtrack is also considered one of the best movie soundtracks ever by many critics.