July 21, 2021 4 min read

Camping is without a doubt one of the more enjoyable activities that foster great bonding experiences. For any camping trip, there really is so much to look forward to – roasted marshmallows, endless supply of fresh air, amazing landscape views and of course, singing by the campfire each night. Speaking of campfires, are there songs you enjoy singing with your mates while gathering around the fire? If you were to name the best campfire songs in your opinion, would any of them match the ones listed below?

A lot of memorable experiences can be enhanced by some good music accompanying us, and camping trips are no exception. So on that note, let us mention ten of the best campfire songs that we think you’d want to know the lyrics to (and even the guitar chords) prior to your next camping trip.

“Wonderwall” by Oasis

Can you believe that this masterpiece was released back in 1995, over 25 years ago? It’s definitely a song we all are familiar with, or at least have heard on the radio at one point. It’s also a song that beginner guitar players are inclined to try playing, and who would blame them. It’s definitely one of the best campfire songs that you’ll enjoy jamming repeatedly to with your buddies all night in the great outdoors.

“Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

It’s a song with a distinctively deep meaning – counting stars instead of dollars – and it also happens to be fun to play and sing along to. Gathering around the fire with your mates and singing it, with (hopefully) a whole bunch of stars above which you can attempt to count… could it be more poetic of an experience while camping?

“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

While belting out this song, a wave of feel-good vibes just seems to kick in every time. Since its release in 1969, this Neil Diamond classic indeed has had the ability of keeping families and groups of friends feeling warm and fuzzy during their camping trips. And clearly, it’ll continue to be present in campfire sing-alongs for many years to come.

“Island In The Sun” by Weezer

With its instantly recognisable melody and riff (and trademark “hip-hip” lyric) this song seems like throughout the years, it has passively crept into people’s subconsciousness as they go shopping or buying groceries. As for playing it on the guitar? The main riff isn’t that difficult to pick up and once you get it down, it’s just a matter of learning a couple more chords to cover the remainder of the melody. It’s one of the best campfire songs with a unique, beach setting vibe.

“Free Fallin” by Tom Petty

This one is a dynamic, signature song by one of the most iconic rock-n’-rollers of our time. And someone in your group is able to master the chords, you’d bet it’ll be a massive hit at your next campfire sing-along. Many guitar players aim to master this classic piece, including John Mayer who has made a cover of it with a softer style and vibe.

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day

This is one tune that might have you and your buddies reminiscing on the younger years, back when life was simpler and you could get away with a fair deal of low-degree shenanigans. But if you’re able to sing it together with friends you’ve kept in touch with since high school and college, despite having all gone separate ways, that’s worth celebrating in itself.

“Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

With great instrumentals throughout the track, this CCR classic is perfect to have playing in the background early in the evening as you’re roasting some marshmallows and hotdogs over the fire. You can even try and take turns playing this one and the Tina Turner version, which is also fantastic.

“Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows

Since its release way back in 1993, “Mr. Jones” seems to be one of those songs that will never go out of date. 90s kids, parents who support alternative rock, teenagers learning guitar – people falling into any of these categories would really love the sound. As far singing along to the lyrics, well it might take a bit of practice to know the song inside-out, as it’s quite stylised.

“Unwell” by Matchbox Twenty

Here’s another great song choice in the alternative rock space. It’s easy-listening, relatable and also quite cathartic when you’re singing out the lyrics. Don’t we all have those ‘unwell’ moments we can’t escape? The banjo sound here is distinct and gives the track a nice country twang, but it’s definitely a great song to play on the guitar alone.

“She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”

This last one is a childhood song for many of us, and indeed it’s super-simple to sing and even get your kids to sing along to. Just a warning, though – this song may end up getting stuck in your head for weeks after! But on the other hand, it’s not a bad choice of song to repetitively sing as your group passes the time while hiking along a trail.

Now that you’ve taken a look at our list of best campfire songs, that might instil a little more excitement in you to plan for your next camping trip with friends or with the family. But have you considered bringing along anoutdoor fire pit? This item would surely make everything a bit easier when it comes to staying warm at night, as you brave the colder conditions out in the woods. 

At Naked Flames, we provide our customers with high quality fire pits – of various sizes, designs and styles – as well as chimineas and braziers. In fact, whether you’re in need of a tool for containing fires that you start while you’re camping, or whenever you’ve got some guests right outside the house for a gathering, it’s definitely worth viewing the products we have an offer. Click here to browse the entire Naked Flames collection.