The Most Popular Songs About Bingo, And Other Trivia
There are songs about growing up, falling in love, and achieving your dreams, but did you know there are also songs about Bingo? We take a look at some of the most popular music that features the game, some of the artists that created them, and more.
Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo by Jens Lekman
Album: Night Falls Over Kortedala
Year of release: 2007
Jens Lekman is a Swedish pop guitarist whose music is known for its nostalgic, wistful tone. As a young man, Lekman released a number of tracks on recordable CDs. This music was created under the name Rocky Dennis, named after the character from the movie The Mask. Lekman later became frustrated that people thought his name was actually Rocky Dennis, releasing an EP titled Rocky Dennis in Heaven in 2004 so that he could put his old music persona behind him.
In 2007 he released his second studio-backed album, Night Falls Over Kortedala, which featured the song Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo. Unlike many songs of the songs on this list which only refer to the name of the game or the act of calling Bingo, Lekman goes a little bit further with his comedic line that describes the jackpot (which is literally a pig), and his “going diagonal”.
Bingo by Jacob Sartorius
Album: The Last Text
Year of release: 2017
Jacob Sartorius is part of the new generation of rising stars, having gained a huge following online thanks to social media platforms. This young American grew a large audience on platforms like Vine, musical.ly and TikTok with his comedic shorts and lip-synced videos. As of writing, this young social media star has 22.1 million followers on TikTok, 9.3 million followers on Instagram, and 1.5 million followers on Twitter.
In 2016, he got his music career off the ground when he signed a deal with T3 Music Group. He would go on to release his debut pop album The Last Text in 2017, which included the songs Last Text, By Your Side, and Bingo. The album would go on to achieve moderate success, peaking at number 32 on the US Billboard 200, number 49 on the Australian ARIA charts, but making more of a splash in New Zealand where it placed at number four on the NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart.
빙고게임 Bingo Game by Momoland
Album: Fun to the World
Year of release: 2018
Momoland is an all-girl Korean pop (K-pop) group which originally came together as part of a reality TV show called Finding Momoland. Their fourth EP Fun to the World, was released in June 2018 and contained the tracks Baam, Very Very, Bingo Game, Only One You, and an instrumental version of Baam. The EP peaked at number six during that week on the Goan Album Chart.
In August of the same year, the band received a Gaon Music Chart Platinum certification for another song, Bboom Bboom, which was streamed over 100 million times.
Bingo My Love by Cleopatra
Album: Steppin’ Out
Year of release: 2000
Featuring a classic mix of R&B and pop, similar to the style of groups like Destiny’s Child and TLC, Cleopatra burst out of the starting blocks with a number of hits that all reached the Top 5 in the UK Single Chart.
Their success would continue beyond their singles. Two of their career highs include being picked up by Madonna’s label, Maverick, and opening for the Spice Girls during the UK leg of their Spiceworld Tour.
In the year 2000, they would release their second Album Steppin’ Out, which featured Bingo My Love.
B-I-N-G-O, also known as Bingo Was His Name-O, by Unknown
Year of release: N/A
Many an English-speaking child grew up learning this popular nursery rhyme, which has roots all the way back in the 1780s. The Wikipedia entry for the song references two sources, Journal of the Folk-Song Society and A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, that link the creation of this iconic tune to William Swords, an actor based out of the Haymarket Theatre of London.
Judging by the many versions on YouTube and the millions of hits they have, this song is still popular among children to this day.
Bingo Bango by Basement Jaxx
Year of release: 2000
Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, the minds behind this electronic music duo, first met in 1993 but didn’t perform together under their iconic name Basement Jaxx until 1994. Originally used as a label for their iconic club music night, they later adopted the event name for their band.
They released their full album, Remedy, in 1999. This album included the song Bingo Bango, a dance track infused with Latin samples from the popular song Merengue by Bolivar. It took the dance music world by storm back in 2000, reaching number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in the US. Bingo Bango also did well in the UK, coming in at number two on the UK Dance chart, and number four on the UK Indie Chart.
Funny Bingo songs
Comedic music has achieved great heights thanks to the likes of Weird Al Yankovic and Flight of the Conchords. The songs that we’ve listed below are very much in the same spirit. Even if they don’t have the greatest tunes or production values, they’re made by passionate people and will likely bring a smile to your face.
Be warned, the first song has a single swear word, while all of them contain some level of provocative content.
The Bingo Song by Ricky Tomlinson
They Just Like The Bingo by Garry Desmond
The Bingo Dabber Song by Bannock Boy
A band named after the game
Songs aren’t the only part of the music industry that have Bingo in their label — some bands have also named themselves after the popular game. We found two bands that fit this description, but we’re only going to take a quick look at one of these bands. The other was definitely something that would get you into trouble if you Googled it at work.
The Bingo Players
When you think of a band named Bingo Players, the first image to pop into your head might feature some slightly more senior musicians. However, that’s not the case with this Dutch dance and electro house band.
Originally founded in 2006 by DJ and producer Maarten Hoogstraten and Paul Bäumer, they were primarily known for their unique style of tech house, before shifting into EDM in 2011.
They released a number of songs over their career, and in 2013, would go on to release an updated mix of one of their singles Get Up (Rattle). This song would reach number one on the UK’s Official Singles Chart, and also break into the top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, and France.
Unfortunately the band would be struck by tragic news in July. Bäumer announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer, but he would continue working behind the scenes while receiving medical treatment.
Sadly, in December that same year, Bäumer would succumb to the disease. Hoogstraten cancelled all upcoming events to grieve for the loss of his friend and bandmate.
Fans of the band received some good news in 2014 when Hoogstraten announced the band would continue as a solo act. One of Bäumer’s last wishes was for Hoogstraten to carry on, as he believed they had worked too hard on it for it to end there.
A game that will forever be remembered in our culture
Whether it’s in songs, books, or the game itself, there’s no doubt that the game has become an important part of our history and our culture, and will be remembered fondly by many for years to come.
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