What are some songs about chess?

Historical songs; pop songs; singalong songs, hymns, anthems; whatever you can find.

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    How is this question related to Chess SE? We deal with chess positions not with music. This question is off-topic in my opinion because it does not address a chess problem we can solve, but instead asks from us to do the "Google Search" for the OP. It is also too broad to be answered, especially since there are many answers that are equally good to be accepted as solution to the problem. – AlwaysLearningNewStuff Jul 9 '14 at 15:21
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    There's a whole musical of them (well not really, but there is a musical called Chess about a chess tournament). – rlms Jul 9 '14 at 17:55
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    @sweeneyrod: In a sense, two musicals; the US and UK versions feature mostly the same songs, but the songs are in different sequence, many lyrics are altered, and the plot is largely different. – supercat Jul 9 '14 at 18:31
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    @AlwaysLearningNewStuff "We deal with chess positions not with music" Where is that specified? (I'm not arguing, just asking. it's just that I don't find anywhere what kind of questions are welcomed here - apart from being "about chess"). – leonbloy Jul 10 '14 at 2:50
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    @Akiva: That was the whole point of my comment that this site is has already gone downhill -> nobody stated exact allowed topics, nor we have a way that can clearly explain what is allowed or not, which some posts on Meta confirm. At the end, this discussion is about "does reader considers post on topic". I believe that we should leave decision of whether this is on topic or not to the community, as this already turns into "debate" which doesn't belong here. I would post a question on Meta but I feel it would be pointless... Let us agree that we respectfully disagree on this one... – AlwaysLearningNewStuff Jul 12 '14 at 13:28

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One Night in Bangkok- Murray Head http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9cNtrrCP0E&feature=kp

A cover of Adele's "Skyfall" with a chess-themed music video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiXJQ0SG888

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    One Night in Bangkok is from a musical entitled Chess. – supercat Jul 9 '14 at 18:32

Vennaskond - Malemaja staar (translates to "Chess House star", I think) is an Estonian song from 1993 about GM Jaan Ehlvest. Too bad my Estonian is not very good, so I can't translate the lyrics. :)


There are two parts of "Chess Crown's Honour" by Vladimir Vysotskii (in russian language).

1st one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbJX8A1DZGk


Yes ~ I've Seen All Good People: Your Move (1971)



Andrei Rodionov & Boris Tikhomirov - Chess Computer (Synth-Pop)



checkmate, by Apathy immediately comes to mind


Dirty Work by Steely Dan contains what seems to be a chess reference.



"The Ballad of Bobby Fischer"

This song is played at the end of the Bobby Fischer Against The World Documentary



If you like rap:

dj muggs vs. gza the genius "Grandmasters" (it's a full-length album)

  • Could you share a link to make the album easily accessible? – Akiva Jul 16 '14 at 20:35
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    Grand masters is a collaboration album between GZA and DJ Muggs. My favorite track on the album is "General Principles" (bit.ly/1ueOkJn) but the most obvious chess tracks are :- Queens Gambit(bit.ly/1Bop6fv) and Advance Pawns(bit.ly/1EydHwn) but generally the whole album was about chess. – Mukiza Andrew Mar 10 '15 at 21:16

"It's no sacrifice" - Elton John

  • How do you figure? – Akiva Jul 17 '14 at 19:13

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