145 of the Best Camping and Campfire Songs

One of my favorite things to do while camping, is to sing around the campfire. Campfire sing-a-longs are one of the best camping traditions and something we always look forward to when we go camping. Singing around the campfire and toasting marshmallows has been a camping activity that has been enjoyed by campers, scouts, pioneers, and cowboys for many years. It’s the only reason I wish I could play the guitar, so I could play along when people are singing. That’s why I get excited when my brother-in-law visits because he brings a guitar just for camp singing.

And sometimes if I am lucky, maybe someone brings a small drum or a harmonica. I can’t imagine camping without singing at night around the fire. It’s something that not only I enjoy, but also my kids and the rest of our friends and family. There are many traditional campfire songs, and some that even though they aren’t traditional, are just as fun. **You may notice a few traditional favorites not on this list and they have been omitted due to cultural sensitivity.

I have put together some of our family favorites and have separated this listicle into several mini lists. I think singing is something that anyone of any age can enjoy, so I have included here some children’s songs as well as some for adults. There are also some recommended playlists and albums as well. I hope you find something here that you enjoy.

Camping Songs for Kids

I have started off this list with some of our favorite kid camping songs. Because the kids are with us on most camping trips, this is how we usually start off our evening. If you are interest more in camping songs for adults, feel free to scroll down. This list has been divided into two parts, kids camping songs and a Disney playlist for camping.

50 of the Best Camping Songs for Kids

Kids’ songs should be fun and easy, as well as repetitive. There are a few here for older kids and a few that the younger kids may recognize because older music is becoming more popular in children’s films.

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  1. “Manah Manah”
  2. “The Campfire Song Song”
  3. “Kumbaya”
  4. “Boom Chica Boom” 
  5. “Bumpin Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon”
  6. “Yellow Submarine” – The Beatles
  7. “Wild Thing” – The Troggs
  8. “Down By the Bay”
  9. “Day-o” (“The Banana Boat Song”) – Harry Belafonte
  10. “Baby Beluga”
  11. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin
  12. “Puff the Magic Dragon” – Peter, Paul and Mary
  13. “Campfire’s Burning”
  14. “Kookaburra”
  15. “On Top of Spaghetti”
  16. “Grandma’s Feather Bed” – John Denver
  17. “Blackbird” (“Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night”) – The Beatles
  18. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” – The Beatles
  19. “A Camping We Will Go”
  20. “In the Jungle”
  21. “Oh My Darling Clementine”
  22. “Froggie Went a Courtin'”
  23. “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
  24. “Michael Finnigan”
  25. “Alice the Camel”
  26. “The Wheels on the Bus”
  27. “The Camping Song”
  28. “Home on the Range”
  29. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
  30. “Manah Manah”
  31. “Oh Susannah”
  32. “The Green Grass Grew All Around”
  33. “This is the Song That Never Ends”
  34. “Down in the Valley”
  35. “Crocodile Rock” – Elton John
  36. “Baby Shark”
  37. “There’s a Hole in My bucket”
  38. “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”
  39. “Skip to My Lou”
  40. “John Jacob Jingle Heimerschmidt”
  41. “I Like to Eat”
  42. “The Happy Wanderer”
  43. “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”
  44. “Going on a Bear Hunt”
  45. “Camp Granada”
  46. “Do Your Ears Hang Low”
  47. “Yo Ho” (“A Pirate’s Life For Me”)
  48. “The Wheels on the Bus”
  49. “Great, Big Moose”
  50. “I’m a Nut”

10 Camping Songs for Singing Rounds

A fun thing to do during any sing-a-long including around the campfire is to sing a song in a round. This a particularly fun thing to do with kids and can get a little funny at times. For how to sing songs in a round, you can find some good information at bussongs.com. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” (this is an easy first one to try)
  2. “Three Blind Mice”
  3. “Make New Friends”
  4. “Campfire’s Burning” (“Fire’s Burning”)
  5. “London Bridge”
  6. “Bottle of Pop”
  7. “I Love the Mountains”
  8. “Kookabura”
  9. “Tom Tinker”
  10. “Hey Ho, Nobody Home”

Disney Songs for Campfire Singing

Because Disney movies are so popular, they are usually songs that most children already know the lyrics and the tune. Most adults know these songs as well, so any of these songs would be perfect for families.

  1. “The Bare Necessities”
  2. “Colors of the WInd”
  3. “Winnie-the-Pooh”
  4. “I Love to Laugh”
  5. “Under the Sea”
  6. “Hakuna Matata”
  7. “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah”
  8. “Friend Like Me”
  9. “You Can Fly”
  10. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

Camping Albums for Kids

These albums are fun for camping and road tripping too. It reminds me of when I was a kid and every day at four my mom would turn on the local children’s radio show and we’d listen to the songs and music. Sometimes it is just easier to download music instead of putting together a playlist so I have recommended these albums that most kids will enjoy. I hope you find some new favorites.

Camping Songs for Adults

You can sing any of these songs around the fire or just add them to a playlist on Amazon Music or Spotify. But, I think that adults love singing too. This playlist has changed over the years, and I’m sure it will continue to change in the next few years. It was so hard to keep it to just 50 campfire songs, so I added some playlists as well to this section and a few albums. I guess it just depends on what your mood is, but I tried to include only songs that are pretty well known.

50 Camping Songs for Adults

There is something on this list for everybody. This also makes a fun playlist for any evening, especially around the bonfire. I really need to get on Spotify and create this list to share.

  1. “I’m Gonna Be” (“500 Miles”) – The Proclaimers
  2. “Aint No Sunshine” – Bill Withers
  3. “American Pie” – Don Mclean
  4. “Blowin in the Wind” – Bob Dylan
  5. “Bottle of Wine” – The Fireballs
  6. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” – Deep Blue Something
  7. “California Dreamin'” – The Mama and the Papas
  8. “Come as You Are” – Nirvana
  9. “Escape” (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
  10. “Country Roads” – John Denver
  11. “Counting Stars” – One Republic
  12. “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC
  13. “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey
  14. “Friends in Low Place” – Garth Brooks
  15. “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys” – Waylon Jennings
  16. “Ghost Riders in the Sky” – Johnny Cash or the spoof “Ghost Chickens in the Sky”
  17. “Walk Me Home” – Pink
  18. “Hotel California” – The Eagles
  19. “House of the Rising Sun” – Eric Burdon and the Animals
  20. “I Love Rock and Roll” – Joan Jett
  21. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  22. “I’m Like a Bird” – Nelly Furtado
  23. “Imagine” – John Lennon
  24. “Jessie’s Girl” – Rick Springfield
  25. “Jolene” – Dolly Parton
  26. “Kiss Me” – Sixpence None the Richer
  27. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” – Carpenters
  28. “Let It Be” – Beatles
  29. “Horse With No Name” – America
  30. “Lion in Zion” – Bob Marley
  31. “Love Song” – The Cure
  32. “Hey Ho” – Lumineers
  33. “Mamma Mia” – Abba
  34. “Mrs. Robinson” – Simon and Garfunkel
  35. “Nothing Else Matters” – Metallica
  36. “Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith
  37. “Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash
  38. “Roxanne” – The Police
  39. “Stand by Me” – Ben E. King
  40. “Strawberry Wine” – Deana Carter
  41. “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
  42. “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  43. “Mr. Tambourine Man” – Bob Dylan
  44. “The Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
  45. “Time of Your Life” – Green Day
  46. “True Colors” – Cindi Lauper
  47. “Valerie” – The Zutons
  48. “Lost Boy” – Ruth B.
  49. “Yesterday” – The Beatles
  50. “Cups” (“When I’m Gone”) – “Pitch Perfect” / Anna Kendrick

Country Camping Playlist

You can’t blame me for adding this one. Even though my husband and I have a wide preference for music, it always seems that someone switches the music to country by the end of the day. I can’t blame them, because country music seems to be appropriate for beers and campfires.

  1. “Gods Country” – Blake Shelton
  2. “Lookin’ for Love” – Johnny Lee
  3. “Forever and Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis
  4. “Achy Breaky Heart” – Billy Ray Cyrus
  5. “My Maria” – Brooks and Dunn
  6. “Cold Beer Conversation” – George Strait
  7. “Follow Your Arrow” – Kacey Musgraves
  8. “Whiskey in My Water” – Tyler Farr
  9. “Raise ‘Em Up” – Keith Urban
  10. Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  11. “You’re Still The One” – Shania Twain
  12. “Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton
  13. “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker
  14. “Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks
  15. “Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan
  16. “On the Road Again”  – Willie Nelson
  17. “Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini
  18. “Drink On It” – Blake Shelton
  19. “Little Red Wagon” – Miranda Lambert
  20. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn
  21. “A Good-Hearted Woman” – Waylon Jennings
  22. “This Kiss” – Faith Hill
  23. “I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice
  24. “Wine, Beer, and Whiskey” – Little Big Town
  25. “Heaven on Dirt” – Teddy Robb

Camping Albums for Adults

And if I don’t have time to create a playlist or I can’t find one on Amazon or Spotify, I will just download an album. These are also my go-to albums for road trips, so I have these already downloaded to my phone. Sometimes you just need mood music.

And now that you have a lot of ideas for camping music, you probably would like some recommendations for speakers. Because my husband and his friends are in construction, we usually have a job site speaker, that can also charge power tools, so we bring those camping because they are pretty much indestructible. But, there are other durable speakers out there that are just as good as our DeWalt.

It was so hard to narrow down this list for the best camping songs for camping and campfires. Everyone’s taste in music is different, but I hope you have found something here that you can download and can enjoy on your next camping trip. Don’t forget to be courteous of your camping neighbors and sing too loud. If you have any favorite songs for camping not listed above that you love, be sure to drop them in the comments below. And as always, be outside with no limits.


Comments

  • DeeAnn Robinson

    3 months agoReply

    There’s a spoof on “Ghost Riders” that’s called Chicken Riders in the Sky. Hilarious!

    • admin

      3 months agoReply

      Oh my goodness, I had to google it!!!! I almost peed me pants 🙂

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