When my friend whips out his guitar and starts playing rock & roll classic songs, I can’t help but think about the olden days and how much fun we had. It’s quite possible the below 12 classic songs to play around the campfire will bring back some memories for many of you too.
We just came back from a weekend of camping where we had the best time. Our favorite part of the weekend was around the campfire roasting marshmallows for some delicious s’mores with a bunch of good friends. I tried to break out a few songs this time, but they weren’t having it. I think they didn’t like my singing or everyone was too busy stuffing their mouths with s’mores. Sadly, my guitar friend couldn’t be with us this time.
Whether you’re gathering around a campfire during a weekend camp out or you’re wanting to enjoy a peaceful night around the campfire in your own backyard, there’s a few things you might want to have on hand. I finally got a fire pit in my backyard and haven’t even roasted a marshmallow yet. So, I’m excited to have a few friends over to have s’mores and sing-a-longs. I’m sure these 12 classic songs to play around the campfire will spark some interest in signing sing-a-longs…at least I hope so.
Since I’m a big fan of shopping online at Wayfair, and love making product idea boards on their site, I thought I would make one for campfire must-haves…like marshmallow sticks and fire pit tools, right? With that in mind, I have made an idea board called Gather Around the Campfire.
I sure wished I would have had a few of these accessories when we were camping. We had to literally find hangers to roast our marshmallows…and that’s no fun!! I bet you’ll find some of these items to be on your “must-have” list too. Don’t forget to see the 12 classic songs to play around the campfire that I found online. You’ll be amazed if you like old-time rock & roll.
OMG – I love that Wheel Patio Chair. I think two would be awesome around the campfire, don’t you? What’s your favorite campfire item on my Wayfair idea board? Or, is there another item you have that I don’t have here? I’d love to know how you rock your backyard campfires with your family and friends!!
As promised, here’s the classic songs I was talking about. You might want to brush up on a few before your next night around the campfire!!
12 Classic Songs to Play Around the Campfire
- “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison: Van Morrison released this song in June 1967, and it proved to be one of the biggest hits of his career.
- “Down on the Corner” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR): “Down on the Corner,” which appeared on CCR’s 1969 album “Willy and the Poor Boys,” is about a fictional band that plays on street corners to cheer people up and asks for nickels in return.
- “Let It Be” by The Beatles: This song, which was released in 1970 as part of the album “Let It Be,” is a recreation of a dream that Paul McCartney had of his mother, who died of cancer when he was 14.
- “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver: Denver released this song in 1971 on his album “Poems, Prayers & Promises.” It quickly became a hit and is one of Denver’s most popular songs.
- “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin: By English rock band Led Zeppelin, was released in 1971 and is known as one of the best rock songs of all time for its unique structure. The song, which is about a woman in search of meaning and clarity, hits many different tempos and styles throughout its eight minute duration.
- “American Pie” by Don McLean: Don McLean first performed “American Pie” at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn., in March 1971. It topped the charts in the U.S. and U.K., and is the Recording Industry Association of America’s number five song of the century.
- “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd: Which is Lynyrd Skynyrd’s response to Neil Young’s “Southern Man” and “Alabama,” which implied that people from the southern parts of the United States were racist and uncompromising. Launched in 1974. Fun fact! When Ronnie Van Zant says, “Turn it up,” at the beginning of the song, it was not planned. He was actually telling someone to turn the volume up on his headset before recording. The request fit the song, so they kept it in the final track.
- “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet: Debuted in 1977, and was written about a drink (the margarita!) that Jimmy Buffet tried at a restaurant in Austin. He wrote most of the song that night in Austin and later finished it in Key West, Fla. Buffet has said it’s about a drunken state a person encounters after spending time at a beach resort while grieving the loss of a former girlfriend. Throughout the song, he slowly begins to realize the relationship’s demise might be his fault.
- “Hotel California” by The Eagles: “Hotel California” is one of the Eagles most well-known songs; it was recorded in February 1977 and quickly hit the top of the charts. The song started as an instrumental demo tape by Don Felder. When the rest of the group listened, they all believed it had room for singing. Its first working title was “Mexican Reggae.” The original recording consists of Don Henley singing the lead vocals and ends with an electric guitar duo with Felder and Joe Walsh. The Eagles themselves describe “Hotel California” as the journey from innocence to experience when living in Los Angeles.
- “Free Falling” by Tom Petty: Tom Petty launched this song in 1989 with writing partner Jeff Lynne. The song is made up of three simple chords because while recording, Lynne insisted Petty cut out the more complex aspects. They recorded it over two days, and it became one of Petty’s most popular songs. It’s ranked No. 177 on Rolling Stones’ 500 Greatest Songs of all Time.
- “Wonderwall” by Oasis: Noel Gallagher, the lead singer and main songwriter of Oasis, wrote “Wonderwall” as part of their October 1995 album. That album became the second best-selling British album of all time just a year after its release.
- “Good Riddance” by Green Day: Green Day released “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” in 1997. This was a big song for teenagers and young adults growing up in the late 90s. Even though it wasn’t released until 1997, Billie Joe Armstrong actually wrote the song in 1990 and didn’t show it to his bandmates until they began recording their third album in 1993. Since it was drastically different from the rest of the album’s potential songs, they decided to hold off and released it on their 1997 album, “Nimrod.”
Do you have a favorite song here? If not, what is your all-time favorite song to play and/or sing around the campfire? If you don’t have any and can’t think of any, try playing these 12 classic songs to play around the campfire. I bet everyone will know them!!