Campfire Songs

What Makes a Campfire Song?

Campfire songs are easy to sing along with, often with guitar or ukelele players. Children can sing B-I-N-G-O, while parents and grandparents can play earworms. Boy and Girl Scouts have special songs for the fire.


About the Song: Jimmy Buffett released his sing-along hit in 1977. That year, it reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Easy Listening charts. In 2016, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for its cultural impact.

American Pie

About the Song: Don McLean wrote American Pie and released it late in 1971. A couple of months later, it hit #1 and stayed there for four weeks. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) listed it as #5 on their Songs of the Century.

Stand By Me

About the Song: Ben E. King and his pals Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote Stand By Me, and King released it in 1961. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B and #4 on the Billboard 100. The hit was the title song for a movie in 1986, and over 400 bands and solo artists have covered it. By 2017, it was noted as one of the highest-grossing songs of its time.

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