Everyone loves a good tune and no matter what music you listen to, you probably have a favorite artist. So it should come as no surprise that music has permeated every aspect of our lives and this is particularly true when it comes to the gaming industry.
From the incredible original score of Red Dead Redemption to the oddly satisfying and upbeat background music of any of the Mario games, music is an integral part of the gaming experience.
But when it comes to marrying commercial music with gaming, there is no industry that does it quite like the slots industry. Here we take a look at some of the most popular titles that do precisely that.
Guns N’ Roses
There are few rock bands on the planet that are more recognizable than Guns N’ Roses. Leading software developer NetEnt pulled off something of a coup when they managed to successfully license GNR’s music for their video slot named after the band.
The slot is a trip down memory lane for anyone who was a teen during the 90s and a fan of rock. It’s a wild five-reel, three-row slot with twenty paylines that even has a set list to the left of the reels. This title was so well received by the iGaming community that online review site NewFreeSpinsNoDeposit.com hailed it as one of the best slots titles on the market following its release back in 2018.
His name needs no introduction and he’s a bonafide legend of music, so we were surprised to learn that it wasn’t until 2016 that Jimi got his own online slot. Once again, it was NetEnt that pulled this one out of the hat and it has proven to be a hugely successful and popular title for them at online casinos across the globe.
It’s a wonderfully designed slot that encompasses everything that Jimi stood for —peace, love, and amazing music. Like Guns N’ Roses, this is a straightforward five-reel slot with three rows and twenty fixed paylines. As you spin the reels you can rock out to classics like Foxy Lady and Purple Haze.
Michael Jackson King of Pop
Stepping away from the PC and onto the casino floor we find one of the most iconic music slots of all time — Michael Jackson King of Pop. This slot machine was created by Bally and appeared in casinos all over the world. It featured everything you come to expect from the King of Pop including a great soundtrack with his best hits playing in the background.
King of Pop proved to be so successful that an online version of the game was eventually released and proved to be just as popular as its live casino counterpart. Whether you believe he was the King of Pop or not, this slot is another trip down memory lane.
Elvis the King Lives
Speaking of Kings, this slot features the original one and only King of Rock n’ Roll. Elvis has always had an affiliation with all things Vegas so this is by no means the first slot to feature the King. In fact, it probably won’t be the last one either, but it is certainly the most famous and quite possibly the best one so far.
Developed by SG Digital, this unique 11-reel slot features 80 paylines. At first glance it looks confusing with its 2×2 and 3×6 reel sets, but once you start to play and hear those classic Elvis tunes, it all comes together.
And now for something a little different. When you first take a look at SG Digital’s Kiss slot you’ll expect it to be something akin to the Guns N’ Roses slot, but it’s not quite the same. For this 5-reel slot with 100 paylines, every spin of the reels is accompanied by a KIss riff. It’s a nice touch that sets this slot apart from the others on this list.
Add to that the super cheesy Kiss graphics and you have a slot that is actually great fun to play. And yes, Gene Simmons infamous tongue does make an appearance or two on the reels.