Bonfire (song)

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Craig Morgan - Bonfire christmas singles cover.jpg
Christmas version
Single by Craig Morgan
from the album That's Why
ReleasedMay 20, 2009
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)Tom Botkin
Kevin Denney
Craig Morgan
Mike Rogers
Producer(s)Craig Morgan
Phil O'Donnell
Craig Morgan singles chronology
"God Must Really Love Me"
"This Ain't Nothin'"

"Bonfire" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Craig Morgan. It was released in May 2009 as the third single from his album That's Why. It is only available on later presses of the album. The song entered the top 40 on the U.S. country charts in June 2009. It is his sixteenth single release. A Christmas version with new lyrics was released on November 24, 2009. Morgan wrote the song with Kevin Denney, Tom Botkin and Mike Rogers.


"Bonfire" is an up-tempo with electric guitar accompaniment. In it, the narrator describes a summertime party around a bonfire. The partiers are described in the first verse, while the second verse tells of a police officer showing up, causing the partiers to hide their beers. The officer then takes a beer himself and states that he "came to hang out / at the bonfire, out in the sticks[…]".

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed reviews. Andrew Lacy of Engine 145 gave the song a thumbs-down rating. He described it as an "annual summer ritual of artists and labels competing to see who can release the most popular anthem by attempting to recapture the fun and flavor of [Morgan's 2005 single] 'Redneck Yacht Club'." Lacy also said that the lyrics, melody and production were "forgettable", and that the heavy production made Morgan shout instead of sing.[1] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave a more favorable review. Although he also said that the song was similar in theme to "Redneck Yacht Club", he said that its heavier production made it stand out on the re-released album, and gave it an "exciting" sound.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Hicky and premiered in mid-2009.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 57
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 50


  1. ^ Lacy, Andrew (2009-05-28). "Craig Morgan – "Bonfire"". Engine 145. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  2. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2009-06-05). "Craig Morgan – "Bonfire"". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 2009-06-14. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  3. ^ "Craig Morgan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Craig Morgan Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.

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