Any proper camping trip with friends needs some good, ol’ camp fire songs to brighten up the atmosphere. We all need that one friend who brings his guitar everywhere that can start humming Wonderwall and really put us in the mood. In case YOU’RE this friend and you know that this particular responsibility is hanging on your shoulders, we’re here to help. Picking the right kind of music for ANY occasion can be a pretty daunting task. One friend likes something, another likes something else… in other words, it’s tough to please everyone.
But you can never go wrong with any of the classics. This is why, on this list, you’ll find some of the most traditional camp fire songs that you can learn for your guitar. We’re not limited to this category, though – modern music has given us some gems too!
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 “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
Released in 1967, Brown Eyed Girl is one of the classics we were so fondly referring to. It’s arguably one of Morrison’s greatest hits, something reinforced by the inclusion of this hit track in the Grammy Hall of Fame, in 2007. It will be a particularly impactful song when your group of friends includes some brown-eyed girls too!
#2 “Riptide” – Vance Joy
Riptide is one of the newer camp fire songs recommended on this list. But, boy, is it incredibly catchy, isn’t it? The most outstanding aspect of this track is the guitar strumming and after a few listens, you are definitely going to be able to see the unique musicality of the song’s intro. Plus, the lyrics are incredibly interesting too and it’s sung in a register that makes anyone able to hum along to it.
#3 “American Pie” – Don McLean
Belted, shouted, and reproduced in multiple instances, American Pie is to camp fire songs what I Will Always Love You is to singing talent contests. It’s one of those songs that any guitarist would be proud to burst into when everyone is gathered around a cozy fire. And there’s a good reason for it too if you ask us. Memorizing this song in all of its eight-minute glory is no easy task, which is why it often comes off as a great reason of boasting.
#4 “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
What Diamond achieved was a proper musical diamond. Sweet Caroline is safe, sweet, and universally liked. It’s the king of track that’s going to make even the most reluctant of participants to want to jump in and belt a note or two. What really made this song a must on your camp fire songs tracklist is its chorus, a wonderful choir which surely screams “friendship.”
#5 “Wonderwall” – Oasis
If American Pie was the I Will Always Love You of camp fire songs, Wonderwall is probably Adele’s Someone Like You. That means that it doubles on the annoyance factor given by the multitude of renditions and variations various people twisted around this legendary song. Wonderwall is a definitive classic, perhaps THE classic. What stands as good proof for that is that this song was worthy enough of evolving into a meme. Anyways, here’s Wonderwall.
#6 “Stir It Up” – Bob Marley
Another song to prove that the 60s became the golden era of camp fire songs, Stir It Up was actually made popular by Johnny Nash before Bob Marley became associated with it instead. It’s not one of the most typical song choices when gathered outside of the RV or tent, but this is what makes it a wonderful choice. No one will really expect it!
Next time you’re getting ready for a trip into the heart of wilderness, don’t forget your guitar. After all, you’ve spent all this time learning these camp fire songs, right? Wait, you really aren’t the friend with the guitar? Well, no mind. Music is for all and these songs are so important for camping trips specifically because they can unite everyone in a moment of gleeful singing.