The Ultimate Summer Camp Playlist

Topics: Programs

Music is a huge part of Jewish camp.  Whether it’s a ruach filled song session or a mix tape playing in the dining hall, each and every camper can distinctly remember the songs that soundtracked their summers. It’s generally a mix of Debbie Friedman and Guster, Fleetwood Mac and Dan Nichols. And every time one of those songs starts to play, memories of summer nights by the campfire come rushing back. 

So, for those of you doing last minute packing to get your kids off to camp and all the alumni missing your camp families, this playlist is for you:

  1. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross
  2. “Airport Song” by Guster
  3. “All For You” by Sister Hazel
  4. “American Pie” by Don McLean
  5. “Annie Waits” by Ben Folds
  6. “Ants Marching” by Dave Matthews
  7. “Ayeka” by Chana Rothman
  8. “B’tzelem Elohim” by Dan Nichols
  9. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
  10. “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  11. “Blister in the Sun” by Violet Femmes
  12. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something
  13. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
  14. “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations
  15. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
  16. “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin
  17. “Closer to Fine” by Indigo Girls
  18. “Closing Time” by Semisonic
  19. “Demons” by Guster
  20. “Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine
  21. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  22. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  23.  “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada
  24. “Farmhouse” by Phish
  25. “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
  26. “Forever Young” by Alphaville
  27. “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty
  28. “Galileo” by Indigo Girls
  29. “Gibor” by Naomi Less
  30. “God is In” by Billy Jonas
  31. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
  32. “Ha’yaladim Koftzim” by Shotei Ha Nevuah
  33. “Hafinaly” by Subliminal
  34. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
  35. “Hava Nashira” by Josh Nelson Project
  36. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  37. “Hazy Shade of Winter” by The Bangles
  38. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
  39. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  40. “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick
  41. “I’m Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
  42. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
  43. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
  44. “It’s Friday I’m in Love” by Smoking U
  45. “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley
  46. “Kehilla Kedosha” by Dan Nichols
  47. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
  48. “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers
  49. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by Peter, Paul, and Mary
  50. “Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers
  51. “Melt with You” by Modern English
  52. “Miriam’s Song” by Debbie Friedman
  53. “Mitachat Ha Shamayim” by David Broza
  54. “Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows
  55. “My Heart is in the East” by Dan Nichols
  56. “My Sharona” by The Knack
  57. “No Such Thing” by John Mayer
  58. “Not by Might” by Debbie Friedman
  59. “Now and Forever” by Carole King
  60. “One Day” by Matisyahu
  61. “Open Road Song” by Eve 6
  62. “Our House (in the Middle of the Street)” by Madness
  63. “Pinball Wizard” by The Who
  64. “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley and the Wailers
  65. “Roll into Dark” by Noam Katz
  66. “Roll To Me” by Del Amitri
  67. “Saalam” by Rick Recht
  68. “Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye Cherry
  69. “Sealed with a Kiss” by Bobby Vinton
  70. “Seasons of Love” from Rent
  71. “Send Me on My Way” by Rusted Root
  72. “Shirat HaSticker” by Hadag Nahash
  73. “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
  74. “Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel
  75. “Stars in the Sky”
  76. “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams
  77. “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  78. “Sweet as Honey” by Dan Nichols
  79. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  80. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyard
  81. “Take Me Home, Country Road” by John Denver
  82. “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell
  83. “The General” by Dispatch
  84. “The Joker” by Steve Miller Band
  85. “The Sign” by Ace of Base
  86. “The Sound of Sunshine” by Michael Franti and Spearhead
  87. “The Way” by Fastball
  88. “The Weight” by The Band
  89. “That was a Crazy Game of Poker” by O.A.R.
  90. “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
  91. “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
  92. “Ufaratza” by Noam Katz
  93. “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show
  94. “Who Needs Sleep” by Bare Naked Ladies
  95. “Wild World” by Cat Stevens
  96. “With or Without” You by U2
  97. “Wonderwall” by Oasis
  98. “Yachad” by Gaya
  99. “Yihye Tov” by David Broza
  100. “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon
  101. Summer 2016 Bonus Track: “My Shot” from Hamilton