If you really want to experience the simple pleasures of life: you’ve got to have a campfire guitar songs session with your friends!
There is a certain kind of joy that comes with sharing your love for music with others. What better place than a campfire or bonfire party to experience that?
A wise man once said, ‘Holding a guitar instantly makes you ten times more attractive.’ There is no denying that.
If you plan to be the center of attention at the next campfire with your friends or family, we are here to help you, and we promise not to judge. (*wink*)
So, without further ado. Let’s recap and look at some easy campfire guitar songs you can muse to.
Easy Campfire Guitar Songs to Try
Song # 1: ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen
This song is an evergreen classic, and any bonfire night is incomplete without it.
‘Hallelujah’ has a soulful melody and soothing tune that goes straight to your heart. Coupled with beautiful lyrics, this classic ballad is perfect for singing as well as playing on guitar.
The good news? The song has easy-to-play chords most beginner guitar players can learn with practice.
You need to learn four fundamental chords and a few advanced ones to master this masterpiece.
Click here for a comprehensive guitar chords tutorial of ‘Hallelujah.’
Song # 2: ‘Hotel California’ by The Eagles
When we talk about easy campfire guitar songs, this song has to be a part of the list.
Whether you’re a true rock fan or simply like the classics, you ought to know this song by heart.
Released in the late 70s, ‘Hotel California’ has remained an all-time-favorite turn throughout these decades.
This song is among the first few songs that all-new guitar players love to practice.
Another great thing about learning the chords to ‘Hotel California’ is that it can help polish both; your picking and strumming skills.
P.s: It is the perfect song to score some brownie points from your crush.
Song # 3: ‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman
‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman is another example of a campfire song you can never get enough of.
The tune is perfect for a ukulele or acoustic guitar, and any beginner guitar player can learn it with a few practices.
‘Fast Car’ offers a unique combination of picking and strumming for guitar players that may take them back to nostalgic times.
Don’t forget to sing your heart out to the chorus part for that extra dose of serotonin.
Song # 4: ‘Wonderwall’ by The Oasis
This is unquestionably Oasis’s most hit song.
Noel Gallagher, the band’s lead guitarist and primary songwriter wrote this piece ‘Wonderwall’ in 1995, and it has been a campfire-favorite ever since. It’s also often the first song most beginner guitar players learn.
If you are catching up with your friends on campfire night, make sure that you sing the chorus part ‘And after all, you’re my Wonderwall’ together to create wholesome memories.
For beginner guitar players, ‘Wonderwall‘ is in the code of F#m, for which you will have to ensure that you have the guitar clamp with you to record this song.
Song # 5: ‘I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
Ever since Jason Mraz, the American pop singer, released his single ‘I’m Yours’ just before the initiation of American Idol Season 7, it has been a hit.
It is among the most popular tracks sung at parties, especially campfire nights at the beach.
It is in the code of B and requires a guitar clamp on the fourth fret. It features one of the most frequently used chord changes in popular music (I-V-vi-IV) and some additional chords to jazz it up.
Sing it to your crush, and you never know; they might ‘become yours’ (no pun intended).
Song # 6: ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol
This is that one song you will see everywhere. Every TV show and has been quite popular amongst the Millenials. It was released in the initial years of the 2000s, and it continues to rule the music charts even in 2021.
Gary Lightbody, the band’s frontman, explained in an interview that this song is about the most innocent form of love.
If you wish to learn the guitar chords to ‘Chasing Cars’ for your next camping trip, know that it is in A’s code and will require a capo on the second fret.
Song # 7: ‘Skinny Love’ by Bon Iver
Bon Iver is an American indie-folk band defined by their signature style of raspy vocals alongside their beautiful acoustic guitar tuning.
Skinny Love has been one of the most widely known songs of theirs and the easiest to learn. It was the lead single from Bon Iver’s self-titled latest album For Emma, Forever Ago, released in 2007.
The song is in the code of Am and features some interesting open chords. Most guitar players describe the song as a smooth yet complex melody.
‘Skinny Love’ is the perfect bittersweet love song that can set the mood right for a chilly campfire night.
Song # 8: ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’ by Aerosmith
If you ask someone that one song they must have heard by Aerosmith, they’ll end up singing along those nostalgic lines of ‘I don’t wanna miss a thing’ without any doubts.
The song lyrics writer of this power-ballad is Daine Warren, along with her companions; Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, and Whitney Houston (another legendary singer).
This song is one of the best songs one can play around a campfire with your friends and loved ones around you. It’s like a warm hug on a winter night!
The code of this song falls within both the D and Bb chords. You can learn more about the guitar chords by watching this tutorial.
Song # 9: ‘Iris’ by Goo Goo Dolls
And I’d give up forever to…..
Play and sing along to this timeless piece on a campfire night.
‘Iris’ by Goo Goo Dolls is the ultimate feel-good ballad that can help calm your senses.
One cannot call themselves a guitar player if one does not know how to play this eternal tune.
The song mostly requires open chords that are easy to learn and easier to love. That’s how beautiful it is!
P.s: It might make you miss your ex. So, keep those tissues handy on you!
Song # 10: ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
If there is a long song that can make you feel like you’re floating in the air, both physically and mentally, this has to be it.
‘Can’t Help Falling in Love is one of the most wonderful masterpieces that the ‘King of Rock and Roll,’ Mr. Presley, created in his lifetime. It is a song that will continue his music legacy forever.
It would be a mere sin not to mention it in our list of best easy guitar songs.
This song definitely tops everything, and you simply cannot sing-along or strum-along to it under the stars. It will be a lifelong memory.
Let’s Wrap Up the Night!
We hope you enjoyed reading our list of the best ten easy campfire guitar songs.
Whether you are behind the guitar or jealous of the one who actually is, this easy campfire guitar songs list will still make your night.
And hey, don’t forget. Even if you don’t know how to play the guitar, you can always sing along with your loved one and call it a night. Sounds like the perfect plan to us.
While you are at it, check out this ultimate list of 25 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners.
Eduardo Perez is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience playing instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass. Having arranged songs and produced music in a recording studio, he has a wealth of knowledge to share about analyzing songs, composing, and producing. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Musical Studies at Berklee College School of Music. Featured on Entrepreneur.com. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, or follow him on Instagram.