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Last updated on March 19th, 2023 at 08:49 pm
There is nothing quite as satisfying as singing campfire songs with your friends and family as you chill around a campfire under the stars. But if you are camping for the first time, or if it’s been a while since you were a child, you might have forgotten all the fun campfire songs.
Not to worry, we’ve gathered a list of the best campfire songs to sing along to. Some go well with a guitar, others with a ukulele, and some are completely acapella. Read on to find campfire songs for kids and adults of all ages!
The Best Campfire Songs
1. “Let it Be” by The Beatles
Everyone loves a good Beatles tune! As long as you’ve got someone with a guitar, “Let it be” is the perfect song because everyone already knows the words. Plus, it’s slow with an easy melody to follow.
Related: The 10 Best Beatles Songs 1963-1966
2. “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan
Like The Beatles, Bob Dylan is another classic artist whose songs lend themselves to campfire songs. While we prefer this song to be played on guitar, you can also play along on the ukulele.
Related: 27 Fascinating Facts About Bob Dylan
3. “Take Me Home Country Roads” by John Denver
No list of campfire songs would be complete without John Denver. This song is a classic and is our number-one go-to guitar song while camping.
4. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
Everyone knows “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, and if they don’t, then you should probably kick them out of your campsite. Or teach them this classic tune, your choice.
5. “Five Little Speckled Frogs”
If you’ve got young children, then “Five Little Speckled Frogs” is the perfect banger for your campfire. While it isn’t as fun for older adults, the kids do enjoy being included from time to time.
6. “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round The Mountain”
One of the oldest songs which is still regularly sung today, this song was originally written in the 1920s.
What we love about this song is that it’s easy for kids to sing but more fun for adults than the song about speckled frogs.
7. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
“Brown Eyed Girl” is one of the best campfire songs because anyone who doesn’t know the words can clap along and still be included.
This tune is great to bridge the gap when your kids are too old for kid songs but aren’t confident enough for the other adult songs on this list.
8. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
Not a great singer? Neither was Johnny Cash. He was known for his rhythmic speaking to music, which can be considered singing.
This song is excellent for the men who don’t feel confident enough to sing along with the other tunes on this list.
9. “You Are My Sunshine”
While this song can get annoying on repeat, it is a campfire classic.
It’s also easy to play on the guitar or ukulele or even sing acapella if you don’t have an instrument on hand.
10. “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music
Our favorite of the acapella campfire songs is “Edelweiss” from the movie The Sound of Music. If acapella isn’t your style, then a guitar can also be used for accompaniment. This song is an excellent way to close out the night.
11. “American Pie” by Don McLean
Of course, “American Pie” is on the list. As one of the most popular campfire songs of all time, you can’t go camping without singing this song at least once.
12. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
We aren’t sure why, but even if you aren’t religious, gospel songs just make great campfire songs.
Maybe it’s because they are easy to sing along with or good for all ages, but “Stand By Me” is a great song to sing amongst friends.
13. “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
Don’t have any musical instruments with you? “Ain’t No Sunshine” is the perfect song because you can sing it with a simple beat.
So, grab a stool or anything you can bang on to sing this song around the campfire.
14. “Time of Your Life” by Green Day
“Time of Your Life” by Green Day has fallen out of popularity in the last few years, but anyone over the age of 25 should be able to sing it by heart.
It’s also an easy song to prepare on the guitar too.
15. “Hotel California” by The Eagles
One of the most popular songs of all time, the lyrics to “Hotel California” are some of the catchiest and most memorable of all the songs on this list.
The only problem is this song probably won’t sound great unless someone has a guitar to play along.
16. “Hallelujah” by John Cale
This song starts out acapella and has very little accompaniment making it an excellent choice when you are singing acapella.
17. “Talkin’ About a Revolution” by Tracy Chapman
Feeling a bit rebellious? Then this tune by Tracy Chapman is perfect for your campfire celebration.
18. “Wandering Star” by Lee Marvin
Another famous song that has been around for decades is “Wandering Star.” Its slow pace and soulful melody make it an excellent campfire song.
If you want to sing this song around the campfire, let your guitar player know in advance because this isn’t one they will automatically know.
19. “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees
Did someone bring a tambourine? Even if they didn’t, “Daydreamer Believer” is a fun campfire song to along with a guitar or just a beat drummed out on a metal pan.
20. “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” by Harry Belafonte
If your kids aren’t in bed yet, this is another of our campfire songs that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. Plus, who doesn’t love singing “Day-O” at the top of their lungs?
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