13 Awesome Songs About Las Vegas

6. AC/DC’s "Sin City"

The old adage that “all AC/DC songs sound the same” is may be a bit true, but that doesn’t mean that their distinct sound isn’t impeccable. This track, off of the band’s 1973 album “Powerage” is a powerfully dopey tune that combines Bon Scott’s gritty vocals with a great pseudo-solo by bassist Cliff Williams.

 5. Sheryl Crow's "Leaving Las Vegas"

Before “All I Want” brought attention to “Tuesday Night Music Club”, Crow released “Leaving Las Vegas,” a supposedly autobiographical tune (either of Crow or the late John O’Brien, who can say?) that detailed a hard stretch of weeks in the famous Nevada metropolis.  Crow's debut single reached No. 60 on the Hot 100 in 1994. Despite its modest peak, the song introduced us to her talents, paving the way for her next six singles all reaching the chart's top 40 through 1998.

4. Barry Manilow’ s "Here's to Las Vegas"

For the past eight years Manilow has been headlining shows in Las Vegas, and this ode to the town is a pretty concise confession of his love of the city that has been hosting his performance almost exclusively for nearly a decade.

3. Katy Perry's “Waking Up in Vegas”

Katy Perry’s advice to “shake the glitter off your clothes” in her infectious 2009 single is a perfectly witty way to respond to a decadent night in Vegas and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. The dance-rock hit cemented Perry’s place at Capitol Records, cementing the fact that she was more than a one-hit wonder, and gave the rest of us something to dance to all summer long.

2. Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas”

This song is one of Presley’s most iconic ones, even though it has long outlived its 1964 namesake film. It’s endured several covers (everyone from The Dead Kennedys and ZZ Top to The Residents) but it’s safe to say when you think of “Las Vegas”, it’s hard not to associate Presley’s practiced yowl with the city. The classic seems much bigger than its No. 29 peak on the Hot 100 in 1964.

1. Frank Sinatra's “Luck Be a Lady”

Frank Loesser penned this classic for the 1950 musical “Guys and Dolls” and it wasn’t until Reprise Records released a boxed set of Broadway musical tunes in 1963 that it became a Sinatra classic. Initially the song told the tale of gambler Sky Masterson, but Sinatra’s version becomes more about showcasing the crooner’s incredible talent. 

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