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Campfire season is around the corner. Are you ready?

A FEW YEARS AGO, Steve Jackson listed the 50 Greatest Campfire Songs of All Time here at BNT. Obviously, the list is subjective. And you, our loyal readers, made that clear by posting your own faves in the comments.

The snow has melted and flowers are starting to poke their heads through the soil, meaning that camping season is not too far away. What better time than now to update the list with many of your suggestions, as well as some favourites that I like to play. Even if you’re not much of a camper, perhaps everyone in your hostel is getting sick of the three songs you keep repeating. So, take note, and if you don’t yet know how to play, check out my post Learn How to Play the Greatest Campfire Songs for Free.

For reference, I’ve linked the title to an acoustic version I found on YouTube, some by the original artist, some covers. Enjoy!

1. Sublime – What I Got
2. Counting Crows – Mr. Jones
3. Rod Stewart – Maggie May
4. Van Morrison – Brown-Eyed Girl
5. Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm
6. Dr. Hook – Cover of the Rolling Stone
7. Beatles – 8 Days a Week
8. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
9. The Devil Makes Three – Old Number 7
10. Flogging Molly – What’s Left of the Flag
11. Don McLean – American Pie
12. Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel
13. Mr. Big – To Be With You
14. Extreme – More Than Words
15. Elton John – Tiny Dancer (Dave Grohl’s awesome acoustic cover)
16. Ben Harper – Burn One Down
17. Hunters and Collectors – Throw Your Arms Around Me
18. Three Dog Night – Never Been to Spain
19. John Prine – That’s the Way the World Goes Round
20. Barenaked Ladies – If I Had a Million Dollars
21. Chris Isaak – Somebody’s Cryin’
22. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
23. Pearl Jam – Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
24. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
25. Led Zeppelin – Over the Hills and Far Away
26. Eagle Eye Cheery – Save Tonight
27. Elton John – Your Song
28. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
29. Garth Brooks – Friends in Low Places
30. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Road Trippin’
31. Outkast – Hey Ya (I know, weird, but I heard this done acoustically and it’s a lot of fun)
32. Bruce Springsteen – Waiting On a Sunny Day
33. Kansas – Dust in the Wind
34. Cat Stevens – Moon Shadow
35. Bill Withers – Lean on Me
36. Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
37. Blind Melon – Change
38. Credence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen the Rain
39. Neil Young – Old Man
40. Roy Orbison – You Got It

My 10 picks

And because I edit this site, I get to have the last say (I humbly await your criticisms in the comments below):

41. Abba – Knowing Me, Knowing You (Evan Dando does a killer acoustic version of this)
42. Foo Fighters – Everlong (not too difficult to play once you get the rhythm, but sounds phenomenal acoustically)
43. Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers
44. Wilco – I’m Always In Love
45. Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
46. Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
47. Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
48. Alice in Chains – Man in the Box

and the two perfect songs to end the night and tuck your friends in:

49. Poison – Every Rose Has Its Thorn
50. Guns ‘n’ Roses – Patience

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