As the warmer months begin to settle in and the sun decides to hang out for longer hours during the day, thousands of families and friends gather around during the evening hours for some much needed bonding time over the campfire. And with any campfire, having the best campfire songs on your playlist can be the difference between having just another get together and making memories. In today’s article, we are going to help you create some of the best memories of your lives by letting you in on our pick of the best 11 songs this year to sing along with when you are gathered around the campfire.
Our list certainly isn’t your grandparents’ playlist of the best campfire songs to sing around the campfire. Instead, we have put together this season’s hottest mashup of the best campfire songs to sing along with. On our list, you will find a nice medley of classic songs to sing along with as well as the hottest songs that will pull in the younger ones in your crowd. The best part is that you do not need to need a guitar to actually play and sing along with the songs. Whether or not you have a good voice, you can sing along without an instrument just as well to create the ambiance that every great campfire is made out of. So, without further delay, let’s dive into our list of the best campfire songs to sing along with the next time you head out on an adventure.
P.S. If you’re not the friend with the guitar, after all, just save this list and send it to the friend who is. They’d probably use the help.
#1 “Simple” BY — Florida Georgia Line
You simply can not be around a campfire without strumming along to a country song or two. That’s why this season, one of the best country songs to include on your camping Adventure is the ever popular tune by the ever popular band, Florida Georgia Line. They’re song Simple takes you back to a time where life was slow and relaxed the way it should be when you are out enjoying the wilderness. Not only that but if you have little kids cuddling around your campfire, then what better way to get them started on an early spelling lesson then with this simple to sing tune? Kids and adults of all ages are sure to love singing this tune around the campfire with you.
#2 “Old Town Road” — By Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
The country Billboard Awards didn’t get it right the first time when they knocked this song off their charts because it wasn’t deemed country enough. However, the charts got it right the second time around seeing as this popular tune, Old Town Road, has been holding down the number one spot nice and steady for several weeks now. This simple to sing tune not only puts a pep in your step but also a groove in the mood when you are around the campfire. You don’t have to worry about the people in your group not knowing the words to this popular tune. At this point, everyone and their mother can sing along to Old Town Road. Also, if you have any Billy Ray Cyrus fans, then they will surely get on board the moment his voice kicks in on the track.
#3 “Hotel California” — By Eagles
You simply cannot enjoy the comfort of the campfire without one of soft rocks greatest hits, Hotel California. This smooth song requires only a few strums of the guitar, and the lyrics are so slow and easy that even your toddler can sing along — or mumble it that is. Let the sweet and nostalgic melodies take you away to the forever dreamed about California sunsets with Hotel California. For younger kids in your group, watch as their eyes light up once their ears pick up on the creative genius that is Hotel California.
#4 “Time of Your Life” – By Good Riddance
Every campfire requires a song that will remind you why little moments like enjoying your family and friends by the campfire are truly the moment that life is made of. Time of Your Life by Good Riddance is one such song that will do this. This popular tune has found its way to the hearts of many thanks to its iconic debut on the popular TV show, Friends. Since then, the tune has become favorable in important milestones in the lives of many. You can find the song played during important events such as graduations and weddings. If you are singing around the campfire, then this well loved tune is a great song to start playing. It will take everyone in your group to a place that will remind them why life is so wonderful.
#5 “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” — Bob Marly
When it came to enjoying the simple things in life, no one did it better than Bob Marley. Bob Marley had the unique talent of connecting his melodic voice to simple melodies that inspired people to get up and recognize the beauty in life. No song does this better than the world famous track, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. What makes this one of the best campfire songs is the fact that no matter what worries or stressors you are bringing with you to the campfire, the song will immediately allow you to forget them. The tunes remind you to let go of all your problems and stressors and to just be happy. Not only that, but the words are super easy to sing along with. The best part? Anyone can sing it. It’s almost as if this is one of the only songs that gets better as you sing it. And if you have no instrument to strum along to it with, then no worries. Designate a couple of background hummers and “ooers”, and you will have all the background music you need to pull off an epic campfire song.
#6 “Dirty Little Secret” — By The All American Rejects
Everyone and their mother can sing you at least the chorus of this next best campfire song by heart. This full energy punk rock tune has all the feels of being a rebel. And what better time to get all that energy out than during a campfire sing along? What makes this one of the best campfire songs is the fact that you can sing it however you want and be as obnoxious as you want without turning heads. Teens and young adults will absolutely love getting on board with the idea of belting your heart out with The All American Rejects.
#7 “Hey Brother” — By Avicci
For many, Avicci was one of the greatest EDM artists the world has ever seen. His innovative beats and beautiful melodies allowed people outside of the EDM world to hear the many talented vocalists and DJs that made the genre of music what it is today. Without a doubt, up and coming artist Avicci was dominating the EDM landscape. With his untimely passing in April 2018, the world was shocked at what a tragic loss the industry and listeners just suffered. Avicci left the world with several tracks that have solidified themselves as some of the greatest beats ever composed. One such track is the popular tune, Hey Brother. This humble song takes listeners on a journey of love and friendship. What makes this one of the best campfire songs is that it embodies everything that campfires are all about. Bonding over good food and nature with the most important people in your life goes hand go hand in hand with this absolutely nostalgic beat. The best part? You do not even need a guitar to pull off this song. SImply singing the tunes out loud will allow you to make memories with those you love.
#8 “Ring of Fire” — By Johnny Cash
One of the most iconic country singers of all time has got to be the ever popular Johnny cash. Johnny Cash inspired many to connect with those they love. The best way he did this was through all the beautiful and heartwarming songs he put out. In many of his songs, it is clear to see the undying love between him and his wife. One of his best songs that amplifies this love is through his world famous song Ring of Fire. This heartwarming tune has all the staples of the best campfire songs to sing on your next adventure. Not only is this tune super catchy but the lyrics are so simple and easy to remember that everyone in your group will be able to sing along.
#9 “Free Falling” — By Tom Petty
Being around the campfire means leaving all your worries at home and enjoying the beautiful outdoors without a care. To help drive this idea home, there is no better song to sing along with than the ever popular tune Free Falling by Tom Petty. This iconic singer is known in a variety of settings and the campfire is one that he fits well in. The next time you plan an evening around the campfire, be sure not to forget one of the best campfire songs, Free Falling.
#10 “A Sky Full of Stars” — By Cold Play
If you are going to be camping, then chances are, you are going to be admiring both the beautiful scenery around you and the twinkling heavens above you. No song better connects this element with the element of being around with those you love then the popular tune Sky Full of Stars by Cold Play. This magical song will make you feel good about being in the company of your family and friends. The chords are simple to play on the guitar, and even if you don’t have the best voice, you can hum along with the tune and add to the harmonic background music. On a hot summer evening, A Sky Full of Stars can make for one of the best campfire songs to add to your playlist.
#11 Get In Touch With Your Roots
Some of the best campfire songs are the ones that reflect your cultural identity. The beautiful thing about campfires is the fact that you get to connect with those around you in a way that is unique to you and your family and friends. If you come from a different cultural background, then be sure to bring along some tunes that you know and love. After all, singing along around the campfire means connecting with yourself and those around you in a true manner.
Final Thoughts on the Best Campfire Songs
In many parts of the country, only three of the four seasons allow you the opportunity to pack along your guitar for a beautiful evening of huddling around the campfire singing. The next time you decide to go out for a relaxing evening around the fire, don’t forget to bring along your guitar to try out some of these popular best campfire songs. And if you don’t have a guitar, or don’t know how to play one, nothing beats a good old fashioned acoustic session.
Until next season, we hope you enjoy our selection of the best campfire songs to sing the next time you and your family gets together. And if there are any songs we left off our list, then be sure to comment below. We are curious, what are some of your favorite campfire songs? Let us know below.