EVER LAUGHED at the poor dude getting on and off boats and buses with a pack and a guitar? Well they’re not as dumb as they look. Their time comes.

Because, if they can find a campfire, they’ll be in their element. And if they can play just a handful of the following campfire songs, they won’t be going back to their Thai beach hut alone.

Some are oldies, some are new. Some are cheesy. Some are cool. Some weren’t cool but magically are again. With a beer in your hand and the sun setting, guitar dude suddenly becomes the coolest guy in the world.

If you can’t play, check out our Spotify playlist that has all of the campfire songs below.

The 50 greatest campfire songs of all time

1. “House of the Rising Sun” – The Animals
2. “Let It Be” – The Beatles
3. “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers
4. “Time of Your Life” – Green Day
5. “Blowin’ in the Wind” – Bob Dylan
6. “Our House” – Crosby, Still Nash & Young
7. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Crowded House
8. “Something Inside So Strong” – Labi Siffre
9. “Love Song” – The Cure
10. “True Colours” – Cyndi Lauper
11. “Hotel California” – The Eagles
12. “In the Ghetto” – Elvis Presley
13. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” – Frank Sinatra
14. “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” – Harry Belafonte
15. “Fire and Rain” – James Taylor
16. “Hallelujah” – John Cale
17. “Working Class Hero” – John Lennon
18. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” – John Denver
19. “Wandering Star” – Lee Marvin
20. “California Dreamin'” – The Mamas and the Papas
21. “Redemption Song” – Joe Strummer & Johnny Cash
22. “Talkin’ About a Revolution” – Tracy Chapman
23. “Daydream Believer” – The Monkees
24. “Down in Albion” – Baby Shambles
25. “Forever in Blue Jeans” – Neil Diamond
26. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” – Neil Young
27. “Come As You Are” – Nirvana
28. “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” – Otis Redding
29. “Baby, I Love Your Way” – Peter Frampton
30. “Wish You Were Here” – Pink Floyd
31. “Dirty Old Town” – The Pogues
32. “King of the Road” – The Proclaimers
33. “Everybody Hurts” – R.E.M.
34. “Killing Me Softly with His Song” – Roberta Flack
35. “Vincent” – Don McLean
36. “Handbags and Gladrags” – Rod Stewart
37. “Wonderwall” – Ryan Adams
38. “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” – Sacha Distel
39. “New Slang” – The Shins
40. “Mrs. Robinson” – Simon & Garfunkel
41. “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” – The Smiths
42. “Grazed Knees” – Snow Patrol
43. “Lost in Hollywood” – System of a Down
44. “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” – The Temptations
45. “Africa” – Toto
46. “Handle with Care” – Traveling Wilburys
47. “All I Want Is You” – U2
48. “Island in the Sun” – Weezer
49. “She’s Not There” – The Zombies
50. “There She Goes” – The La’s

Now that you’ve got the list, Learn how to play the greatest campfire songs.

* This post was originally published on April 13, 2007

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