8 Easy-to-Learn Modern Day Campfire Sing-Alongs

8-easy-to-learn-campfire-singalongsGatherings in nature can bring a group of friends together better than any noisy house party. There is something about sitting around a campfire that strikes a primal chord in our collective interactions. Here are a few modern day songs that are easy to learn and should be well-known enough that most people can at least hum along while watching the logs burn. There are countless websites and YouTube videos that will show you how to play these songs on most any instrument with ease.  

There are of course many other songs that would easily fit into this category, so let us know some of your favorite outdoor campfire sing along songs in the comments!


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Hard Sun
Eddie Vedder solidified his position in every acoustic guitar player’s repertoire with his soundtrack for the movie Into the Wild. Playing his songs help take us into the movie, where we can imagine ourselves following in a journey to Alaska. (Spoiler Alert!) Except for the part where he dies. Nevertheless the song “Hard Sun” is great to sing along to, whether you’re in tune or not. It’s also simple to play, with optional complexities to add if you’re feeling like throwing the pinky in there once and a while.
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Wagon Wheel
This is another simple song with a repetitive chord progression. While people often don’t know the chorus, it’s fun to craft your own tale along to the melody.  Then when it comes to the chorus, everyone can at least shout out “Hey, mama rock me”… setting the mood for any potential glances where two interested souls can interweave for the evening under the stars.
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Hey Jude 
A classic melody that only the Beatles could supply.  The best part of this song is the chorus: Even the most goldfish-memoried in your party can hopefully remember to repeat the word “na”.
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Wonderwall
This is one of those songs that everybody seems to know, though none of them would admit an affection for Oasis.  Or maybe it’s just really fun to sing with a fake British accent.
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Burn One Down
This Ben Harper classic has one of the easiest guitar intros of all time, and also is the perfect song to sing while camping out in Oregon or Washington.
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Last Dance With Mary Jane
Another three-chord classic with a chorus most can remember and lyrics so straightforward even the Petty haters will have fun mumbling their way through.
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Last Kiss
This song repeats the same chords throughout so is great for beginners who get confused when things change up.  It’s also great to belt out that line in the chorus where he sings “Oh where, oh where, could my BABY be…”
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Stand By Me
Another great chorus lead-in song that is easy on the guitar as the same chords repeat throughout.
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