Memories of camping can stay with us for a long time, so do memories of singing the 10 best guitar songs for camping around a cozy fire. It seems that there are as many possible campfire songs as stars in the sky, so this list only skims the surface. The songs are usually simple and easy sing-alongs, but the key is that they are fun and fit the mood of the group. These are just 10 of the best guitar songs for camping.
- "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills & Nash. This classic folk rock tune is a hit with harmony fans. Even if you don't hit the harmonies just right, the lyrics and the universal message of love, family, forgiveness and life's lessons are enough to make it a great addition to the outdoors repertoire.
- "Harvest Moon" by Neil Young. This country/folk-rock hit for Neil Young has a lilting, graceful melody and fits perfectly with the mood of night under any kind of moon. Its simple chord progression of D, Em, A and G also make the strumming nice and easy.
- "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley. A night around the campfire wouldn't be complete without a peaceful reggae tune from Bob Marley. The sentiment of the song of "Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be all right" is a perfect advice to the camping party.
- "Fisherman's Blues" by The Waterboys. This acoustic-friendly gem by the British Isle band, formed in the 1980s is a joyous celebration of what it's like to feel free, in love and out under the open sky.
- "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers. The identical twin brothers who comprise The Proclaimers came to the musical forefront with help from the film "Benny & Joon" in helping to make this song a Scottish anthem, played at soccer matches and more. It is a buoyant, catchy song, which is fun to play on guitar and sing-along.
- "All Together Now" by The Beatles. Featured at the end of "Yellow Submarine," "All Together Now" is a jaunty song with easy lyrics and chords to learn. It is playful, happy and full of fun imagery, especially if this is a camping trip that includes small children. It is infectious and you can't help but clap and sing, count and spell along.
- "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" by Paul Simon. This youthful romp of a song is full of playful lyrics about youthful indiscretions that most adults have participated in, one way or another. It probably isn't ideal when kids are present, but if kids happen to be around, they probably won't notice the details in the song about the troublesome trio.
- "Blister in the Sun" by The Violent Femmes. Many adults who hit their teens in the 1980s are often proud to admit that their first rebellious album purchase was the 1983 Violent Femmes' self-titled debut. You can witness many Generation X-ers and younger breaking out into a capella bliss when singing this alternative classic, and with easily learned guitar chords, it should be a hit with the campers.
- "Dirty Old Town" by The Pogues (written by Englishman, Ewan MacColl in 1949). Nothing says sing-along like a song from a raucous Irish folk-rock drinking band, and no raucous Irish folk-rock drinking band does it better than The Pogues. "Dirty Old Town" isn't raucous at all, though; instead, it is a melancholy, yet winsome ode to a town struggling against trials. In spite of the forlorn lyrics, it has a romantically swaying quality that lends itself to a group sing-along.
- "Yellow Submarine" by The Beatles. No list of the best guitar camping songs would be complete without the inclusion of The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine." We've all sung it all our lives now and it's a timeless song for children of all ages.
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