Songs The Best Songs About Playing Games  

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Life is a game, or at least that's how it seems based on this list of songs about playing games. We're talking mind games, love games, emotional games, and all manner of gamesmanship. From playing to losing to just fun and games, it appears the term “game” can be a metaphor for anything and everything. If life is a game, then these songs are about life, and about the multitude of games you can play while living it. Play the game… or at least play the songs on this list.

Most of these songs focus on the games we play with our hearts, and most include the subject right in the title. “Love Is a Losing Game,” a fatalistic take on love, was Amy Winehouse’s final single. “The Game of Love” was a hit for Santana and Michelle Branch, and was co-written by Gregg Alexander, the man behind the New Radicals ‘90s smash “You Get What You Give.” Speaking of the '90s, Jewel’s “Foolish Games” was used in the soundtrack for Batman & Robin.

Which of these songs about games is are a sure win for you? Vote for your favorites! If there are songs about games you love that aren’t on the list, please add them.

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The Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon

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14 8
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The Alan Parsons Project

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22 17
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9 6
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The Spinners

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8 5
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Mary J. Blige

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11 9
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Hall & Oates

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7 5
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Fleetwood Mac

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6 4
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The Isley Brothers

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5 3
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Ike & Tina Turner

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4 2
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Michelle Branch, Santana

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12 11
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12 11
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Black Sabbath

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13 13
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Chris Isaak

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12 12
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Backstreet Boys

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3 2
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Snow Patrol

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8 8
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4 4
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Destiny's Child

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3 3
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3 3
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7 8
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Ministry

21
3 4
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Hank Williams, Jr.

22
2 3
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Gov't Mule

23
2 3
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Alan Jackson, Jeff Foxworthy

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1 2
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Sweet

25
0 1
The Waiting Game is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Playing Games
Larry Torre added

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5 7
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Diana Ross

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5 7
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5 7
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Ray Charles

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4 6
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Olivia Newton-John

30
2 4
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Barry White

31
2 4
The Game is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Playing Games
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The Arcana

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10 14
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Amy Winehouse

33
3 6
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Guided by Voices

34
2 5
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King Crimson

35
2 5
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Dionne Warwick

36
2 5
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dimither-malamov added Bobby Brown

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L.A. Guns

38
5 9
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Snoop Dogg, Steady Mobbin', Steady Mobb'n

39
0 3
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Jayceon Terrell Taylor

40
0 3
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Barenaked Ladies

41
0 3
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Killing Joke

42
0 3
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Pennywise

43
0 3
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All Time Low

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3 7
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Breaking Benjamin

45
1 5
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Del tha Funkee Homosapien

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3 8
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Sinéad O'Connor

47
3 8
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5 11
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Daft Punk

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1 6
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David Bedford, Mike Oldfield

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2 8
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The Roots, Malik Abdul Basit-Smart