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Best Campfire Songs For Your Next Family Camping Trip

Attention campers! Grab your marshmallows and musical instruments because it's time to jam out to these classic campfire sing-alongs!

Maria Bailey · 4 months ago

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The sun is beginning to set over the campground, and the campfire is starting to pop, crackle, and hiss, which can only mean one thing: it's time to belt out some all-time classic campfire tunes! Grab your musical instruments (and makeshift ones, too), but don't forget the ingredients to make s'mores because nothing beats a sing-along and a sweet treat under the stars!

1. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

Leave it to soul singer Otis Redding to get everyone singing along to one of his timeless hits, but instead of "sittin' on the dock of the bay," you're sitting around a campfire making memories. Despite its simple, poppy melody, there's a tragic meaning behind the song, which was released under even more tragic circumstances. Redding never got to enjoy the success of his posthumous #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but his legacy lives on in his music and our love for it.

2. She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain

Be warned — this folk song will be stuck in your head for weeks, but no campfire sing-along would be complete without it! Everyone knows the lyrics to "She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain." Its catchy chorus is perhaps why it has stood the test of time as one of the most essential campfire sing-alongs there ever was. Ready to sing along? *Inhale!* "She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes! She'll be coming…."

3. This Little Light Of Mine

You can't help but clap your hands and stomp your feet to this little number! "This Little Light Of Mine" has been a staple gospel song and campfire favorite for years. It's also an easy and fun song to strum along to, so grab your guitar and play this simple three-chord tune with the fam!

4. The Bear Went Over The Mountain

We've been singing "The Bear Went Over The Mountain" around the campfire for generations, so this sing-along might even trigger fond campfire memories for mom and dad when they were little. Get everyone in on the nostalgic fun by singing this beloved nursery rhyme classic on your camping trip. But as you do, make sure you're on the lookout for any bears so that you're not caught off-guard by any unexpected visitors!

5. You Are My Sunshine

The sun might have set, but the happy-go-lucky energy of your fellow campers provides enough sunshine to go around! "You Are My Sunshine" is a sweet, simple song, and (fun fact) it also happens to be the official state song of Louisiana.

6. Home On The Range

If "Home On The Range" is your campfire jam, it turns out you and Franklin D. Roosevelt have something in common! This classic cowboy song is often dubbed the unofficial anthem of the American West, telling a story of pioneers and cowboys "on the range." Roosevelt even declared it as his favorite song when he was elected president.

7. Take Me Home Country Roads

It doesn't matter where you're camping to enjoy this next song, but if you happen to be in West Virginia, John Denver's all-time classic song "Take Me Home Country Roads" is an absolute must! This song not only became the unofficial song of West Virginia but also of small country towns across the country. 

8. Ring Of Fire

Nothing screams "sing me around a campfire" quite like "Ring Of Fire" by Johnny Cash. It also has an easy-to-remember, repetitive chorus, so everyone can sing along! 

9. Sweet Caroline

Even the less musically inclined can sing along to Neil Diamond's classic tune "Sweet Caroline." It's the perfect song for those only wanting to sing just a few lines, so everyone can get in on the fun! 

10. Ging Gang Goolie

This scout song will forever be a campfire favorite, but, let's face it, no one really knows what any of it means! That's because the lyrics are complete gibberish, so scouts across the globe can sing along together. Ready to "ging, gang, goolie" your way through these fun, non-nonsensical lyrics?