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The Most Popular Trending Instagram Reels Songs (July 2024)

Jamie Landry
March 9, 2023
Last Updated On
July 8, 2024
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One of the biggest ways to harness the power of short form video is to use the right trending Instagram Reels songs — and the right trends. 

Brands that use outdated sounds, or use them improperly (the ‘tiny violin’ trend showed many creators weren’t familiar with the ‘playing smallest violin ever’ concept) can come across as out of touch, inauthentic, and rushed. 

Brands can leverage Instagram Reels to engage with their audience more effectively, gain more reach, and ultimately gain new viewers if they use the right sounds at the right times. 

That being said, there are many trends to choose from, and the lifecycle of a trend can range from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. To aid social marketers’ Instagram Reels strategy, we’re sharing the top monthly trending sounds to use on Reels.

Tips on How To Find Trending Sounds on Reels

Curious about how to find trending Reels sounds outside of this blog? To drive engagement, social marketers should: 

  • Follow Reels: Scroll Instagram Reels consistently (and stay up-to-date with TikTok trends that often inform future Reels trends)  
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest Instagram Trends: Read up on new Instagram Trends each month
  • Watch Reels content: Follow trend-focused Instagram accounts 
  • Read this: Bookmark and refer back to this blog (we update monthly)

The virality of sounds on Reels is most popularly thought to be influenced by momentum. In this case, momentum is influenced by use and how often it’s saved. 

Tips on How To Find Trending Songs on Instagram Reels.

Sometimes, you just need a song that enhances your Reel — whether this is a song that matches whatever you highlight in your Reel, or simply provides a pleasant background atmosphere. 

Here are some tips to find trending Instagram songs: 

  • Look outside of Instagram: You might not be exposed to every song that presents a good opportunity for your brand. Fortunately, there are many Spotify playlists that round up the most popular songs on Reels, and this could spark an idea for your Instagram marketing strategy.
  • Use ‘Original audio’: Be sure to only use trending videos with the ‘Original audio’ label, which means brands can use them. 
  • Pay attention to audio permission: As a brand on Instagram, there are certain songs and audio not available — don’t use sounds with the ‘This sound isn’t licensed for commercial use’ label.

Tips on How To Find Trending Audio on Reels.

Wondering how to find trending Reels audio? Follow these steps to help you stay on top of trending sounds on Reels for your brand: 

  • Pay attention to TikTok trending sounds: Sometimes these sounds trend on TikTok and Reels simultaneously, but sometimes they trend on Reels days or weeks after they appear on TikTok. 
  • Don’t be afraid to be an early adopter: Don’t let the fact that an audio has a lower number of uses than you might be used to seeing. For growing trends, this often means the sound isn’t overly saturated — yet. Follow trends, but don’t be afraid to set them. 
  • Pay attention to Instagram’s recommendations: While marketers might know this, it’s worth noting that there’s an arrow next to trending Instagram songs on the Reels Explore page that tells you if an audio is trending, and recommend related trending audio for you to use.

Popular Reels Songs - July 2024

Which songs are trending for Instagram Reels this month? Here are some songs to incorporate in your Reels content.

Please Please Please - Sabrina Carpenter (479K Reels) 

‘Please Please Please’ by Sabrina Carpenter is taking the internet by storm. This song is catchy and perfect for nearly any Reels content — however, this audio makes a strong statement when paired with a ‘plea’ of your own. 

ig reels screenshot woman giving facial massage
Image credit: @merakbeautylounge

The girl, so confusing version with Lorde - Charli XCX (7.2K) 

As if ‘Girl, so confusing’ couldn’t get any better — Charli XCX asked Lorde to work it out on the remix, and they sure did. This song is perfect for any content centred around the complexities of being a woman, but can also be used for most types of Reels content, like behind-the-scenes footage, hauls or styling videos. 

ig reels screenshot of light tech
Image credit: @rorycreelman

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Abba (180K Reels) 

This pop classic is trending on Reels this summer, and is the perfect song to accompany travel content. It’s cheery, fast-temo sound is also perfect for any content that shows your team or friends having a ball.  

woman on greek beach
Image credit: @meganbattad and @ios_island

Chihiro (gravagerz remix) - Billie Eilish (88.6K Reels) 

Half of the songs from Billie Eilish’s third studio album are trending across social media — this time, with a remix of ‘Chihrio’. This remix puts a sped-up, upbeat spin on the song, making it perfect for POVs, how to’s and more.  

fenty cream lip stain swatch on hand
Image credit: @sairasglam

Good Luck, Babe! - Chappell Roan (46.3K Reels) 

From Charli to Chappell, Summer 2024 is shaping up to be for the pop girls — and of course, this means ‘Good Luck, Babe!’ is trending on Instagram, across a variety of Reels content. Use this to celebrate LGBQT+ pride (regardless if pride month is over or not), Chappell Roan-inspired makeup looks and more.

ig reels screenshot girl dancing in room
Image credit: @jaclynforbes

Trending Reels Songs - June 2024

As we move into Summer, these are the Reels songs shaping Explore pages everywhere. 


This song, 'MILLION DOLLAR BABY' is the perfect upbeat track to back almost any Reels content, from recipes and DIYs to OOTDs. Pair this trending song with the appropriate Instagram hashtag for optimal reach. 

ig reels screenshot of hand making whipped coffee
Image credit: @adriaccopa

BIRDS OF A FEATHER - Billie Eilish (214K Reels)

Songs from Billie Eilish’s new album are trending across Instagram and TikTok. 'BIRDS OF A FEATHER' is a light, airy and calm song that’s suitable for nearly any content — or, stick with the song’s theme and use for content showing your favorite pairing, from complimentary products to your office pal.

woman holding peonies ig reels screenshot
Image credit: @prettyfrowns

Cheri Cheri Lady - Modern Talking (69.1K Reels)

This song can be found under ‘Chery Chery Lady Show’, and is an ‘80’s pop hit that’s recently resurfaced on Instagram Reels. Despite it’s distinct 80’s song and French lyrics, this song is suitable for all genders and nearly any type of content. 

ig reels screenshot doing hair tutorial
Image credit: @thatgirlmindset_

misses - Dominic Fike (49.6K Reels)

This May release, 'misses' from Dominic Fike's album '14 minutes' (which is — you guess it — 14 minutes long), is picking up steam on Instagram Reels this June, with the song trending in travel, fashion, food content and more. It’s an emotional song with a catchy rhythm — perfect for Summertime listening, and your Reels content. 

greek salad dip recipe from ig reels
Image credit: @andyseastcoastkitchen_

Trending Reels Songs - May 2024

Curious which songs are being used across Instagram Reels this May? These are the trends taking shake on Instagram’s Explore pages this month. 

Too Sweet - Hozier (432K Reels) 

This trending song, 'Too Sweet' by Hozier, is being used in a wide variety of Instagram Reel content — use it to back OOTDs, POVs or recipes. Another popular use for this audio is to share a carousel in a Reel, featuring a glow-up — this can be your own, or even a product from your brand that’s gotten a facelift. 

person playing tennis
Image credit: @tennis.revolutions

Espresso - Sabrina Carpenter (596K Reels) 

Hopefully no one’s working late — but Sabrina Carpenter is! This catchy, likely-to-be-song-of-the-summer, 'Espresso', can be used in almost any Reels content you want to post, from product flatlays, to styling inspiration and more. 

girl holding different tops
Image credit: @richelle_zh

everybody wants to rule the world - The Free Label (110K Reels) 

This funky, lowkey (yet upbeat!) song is perfect for capturing ‘day in the life’ content, POV and many other IG Reels trends. Since the trending song segment is an instrumental, it’s fitting for almost any type of Reel you’d like to publish.

strawberry gin drink
Image credit: @empress1908gin

Fortnight ft. Post Malone (141K Reels) 

This new release, 'Fortnight', featuring Post Malone and Taylor Swift from her recent release, ‘The Tortured Poet’s Department’, is trending across Reels — and with fewer views than some of her other hits, making this a great song to use across your content before it becomes oversaturated.

mini rare beauty bag filled with mini rare beauty products
Image credit: @its.chantalx

Trending Reels Songs - April 2024

These are the Reels songs trending across Instagram in April — this month’s trending songs fit a wide range of content that nearly any industry can tap into.

i like the way you kiss me - Artemas (783K Reels)

Use this new song 'i like the way you kiss me' by Atemas for every type of content from OOTDs, like the example shown below, showcase product or any content about love. 

ig reels screenshot of girl trying on dresses
Image credit:

Little Simz - Gorilla (25.5K Reels)

This song, Little Simz, has a strong, horn-filled opening, before opening into its funky, fun lyrics. It’s perfect for a big announcement, but suits almost any type of Reels content.  

ig reel screenshot of person crocheting
Image credit: @thecreatrixinthematrixx

the boy is mine - Ariana Grande (92.2K Reels)

This interpolation of the Monica and Brandy song ‘the boy is mine‘ is suitable not just for love or relationship-centric content, but any type of

ig reels screenshot of girl in black headband making pancakes
Image credit:

Sunday Morning (Cover) - MEAGAN DE LIME (5.6K Reels)

Sunday Morning is an easy-listening, relaxing — yet slightly faster-paced cover of Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning, that’s best for any type of easy, breezy Reels footage, from DIYs to styling inspiration.

girl in beige room tries on white pleated dress for bridal shower
Image credit: @mariesbazaar

Trending Reels Songs - March 2024

These are the songs and sounds making an impact across Instagram in March. 

I Feel Love - Sam Smith (156K Reels)

This Sam Smith hit from 2019 is trending once again on Reels — this vibrant, modern track with an old-school feel is being used in recipe, beauty, fashion content and more.

Image credit: @barbaraaleks

yes, and? - Ariana Grande (415K Reels)

Ariana Grande’s newest single is the perfect, catchy song to back your Reels content, or to use Reels content responding to unwanted questions. 

woman in dark doing ig reels transition
Image credit: @thanya

Pink Matter - Frank Ocean ft. Andre the Giant (8K Reels)

Despite being around for the past 14 years, Frank Ocean’s song ‘Pink Matter’ is trending on Reels again. The drop in the song and the catchy beat makes it a great audio option for editing, particularly to showcase a variety of outfits, beauty looks or anything else you can think of. 

woman writing on camera with red marker
Image credit: @valslooks

Saturday Love - Cherrelle O. ft. Alexander O’Neal (29.9K Reels)

This song, 'Saturday Love', lists the days of the week, making it perfect to showcase a week’s worth of content. The song’s lyrics and disco-vibes also make it perfect for Reels content celebrating your weekend adventures.

woman dancing in the street
Image credit: @jessideoliveira

Glamorous, Original Audio (34.7K Reels)

This song uses incorporates Nikki Minaj’s FTCU lyrics ‘high heels on my tippies’, before transforming into Fergie’s hit ‘Glamorous’. This is the perfect sound for nearly any luxury Reels content.

woman in brown lace outfit laying on couch
Image credit: @aneka_aitimova

Trending Reels Songs - February 2024

Unsurprisingly, February’s trending Reels songs hit on themes of love, positivity and comfort — try using these songs and sounds across your upcoming Reels content this month. 

Lovin On Me - Jack Harlow (343K Reels) 

Jack Harlow has another hit trending on social media, this time from his song ‘Lovin’ on Me.’ While this song might not fit every brand’s needs, it can be an excellent fit for a brand with a mature audience — try using it in product-related content to capitalize on its upwardly-trending status.

woman with long hair doing hair in mirror
Image credit: @mahnoormtl

the cat from ipanema - j1gggs (24.4K Reels)

Yes, this instrumental mimics a sound from a cat, but don’t expect loud meows or purrs — instead, this sound uses funky horn sounds and is an uplifting and fun and groovy track to back almost any positive Reels content. 

woman with white cat eye glasses and olive green jacket
Image credit: @18hens

Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (130K Reels)  

Whether you know ‘Unwritten’ from The Hills or any number of popular movies, you’re likely unsurprised that this song is trending once again. Use this on uplifting Reels content (without speaking or other noises) to let the inspirational, feel-food message fully inspire your audience.

brunette wearing white sweater holding up pile of clothes
Image credit: @olive.library

Home - wearegoodneighbours (277K Reels)

On Instagram Reels, ‘Home’ is used to enhance travel and nature-based content, while the sound is used on TikTok to pay homage to the people and places that make us feel like we’re home. However, this song is used by creators in many different types of content, like the ‘day in my life’ example below.

person with round glasses drinks out of green water bottle covered with stickers
Image credit: @cc_unsilenced

Reels Trends - July 2024

Curious which trends (and related audio) are trending across the Instagram Explore page? Here are five trends to try this July.

I’m Feeling Rough

This emerging trend uses a line from the MGMT song ‘Time to Pretend’, ‘I’m feeling rough / I’m feeling raw’. To partake in this trend, use the associated sound and use the text feature to describe a situation that makes you feel ‘rough’.  

ig reels screenshot person dancing through hallway
Image credit: @therealsahd

Match My Freak

This trend has been taking over TikTok, and is more ‘safe-for-work’ than you might think — to partake in this trend, simply use this audio and use the text feature to describe an activity or behavior you’d like to find in someone else, or simply just something unique or silly that’s habit for you.

ig reels screenshot match my freak screenshot
Image credit: @marykorlindowns

Realizing Things 

This trend is simple to partake in — simply use this audio that’s reminiscent of someone blinking, then use the text feature to describe a recent realization you’ve had, or simply something that shocked you.

ig reels screenshot girl wearing white headphones and white tank top
Image credit: @cindydoinstuff

Pretty Woman

This trend uses a cover of Roy Orbinson’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’, and is perfect for beauty or fashion brands. Use this trend to show off beauty trends, hairstyles (like the example below), styling ideas or more.

woman getting hair cut in salon chair
Image credit: @hairby_bellali

Rapid-Fire Pictures and Videos 

Use this audio, ‘Forget You’, and share a succession of rapid-fire photos or videos. This format is perfect for ‘day in my life’ content, Summer re-caps, travel inspiration or almost anything else you have lots of content on.

ig reels screenshot coffee on wooden table in cafe
Image credit: @spotted.toronto

Trending Audio on Instagram - June 2024 

We’ve covered which songs are trending on Instagram Reels, but what about the trends? Here’s what people are playing with on Reels this month. 

What Are You Addicted To? 

This song begins with an audio sample of an interviewer asking, “What are you addicted to?” before delving into a rap song. To partake in this trend, share a video or image with a text overlay that reads ‘What are you addicted to?’ or ‘What I’m addicted to’ — when the beat drops, share a succession of images featuring your addiction. 

shot of apartment kitchen
Image credit: @simplykassiex

“Let’s Dance!” 

This song originates from an Oscar’s appearance by Emma Stone  — in the clip, Emma Stone presents Oscar nominees with Ben Stiller, and asks Jonah Hill to dance onstage. This part of the clip was remixed online into a catchy song, that’s being used across TikTok and Instagram in a variety of content. 

close up of sponge lip gloss applicator
Image credit: @aman_burm

What’s In My Bag

No, it’s not original YouTube — ‘what’s in my bag’ content has been trending quite a bit in recent times. The most recent iteration? A flatlay of your bag’s goodies, labeled for your audience. 

Image credit: @iamsumy

Take A Look Around

This trend comes courtesy of the movie Uptown Girls — the audio is spoken by a young Dakota Fanning, who says “Do you see her anywhere? Take a look around, you’re not gonna.” Either lipsynch to the sound or use the outline of Fanning herself saying it, with a text overlay detailing something you’re not going to ‘see around’ — like a problem your brand provides a solution for, perhaps. 

cutout of dakota fanning in front of plants in ig reels meme
Image credit: @in.home.jungle

Trending Audio on Instagram - May 2024 

Here are the audio trends being used on Instagram Reels this May. 

Cara Delevigne on GTA Radio

This audio hails from the Play Station game ‘Grand Theft Auto’, where Cara Delevigne provided audio for a radio DJ. While this audio can be used in the background of other content, try using it to feature something you love while lipsynching to the words, ‘it’s time you fell in love with something that will love you back’. 

girl holding yarn ig reels screenshot
Image credit: @iriecchi_

Blue Monday 

This trend originated from TikTok, and has quickly began trending on Instagram. In this trend, creators use the song ‘Blue Monday’ by Above & Beyond (the extended mix), while taking an old-school video game ‘fighting stance’. To the beat of the music, add a text overlay that communicates a common discussion or disagreement you have with a friend or colleague. 

boss and employee on zoom doing ig reels trend
Image credit: @livebathorium


This original audio is on trend, and being used across a variety of content — one of the most popular trends being used on this audio is the ‘POV’ trend, where users share a perspective from their life to share with their followers. 

dog walking through building on leash
Image credit: @wigglebuttbutters

Trending Audio on Instagram - April 2024 

These are the trends and corresponding audio users are adding to their content to increase reach and play with trends. 

Hello Sharks 

This a fun Reels trend that involves asking the Shark Tank ‘sharks’ for an investment — but not necessarily for a business idea, but something silly and fun. Use this opportunity to plug your best-selling products, or make another cheeky joke. 

Audio: Hello Sharks

lined up lip products from sephora on white furry rug
Image credit: @sairasglam

Happy Girl Era 

Have you been taking care of yourself and prioritizing your needs? Use this trending audio for any content that centers around self care, from health and wellness, beauty and skincare and even travel

Audio: Happy Girl Era

woman in fuschia blazer arranging items in kitchen
Image credit: @salinamariahome

2000’s Rom-Com 

Use this audio to enact any moment that makes you feel like a characters straight out of a mid-2000’s romcom. This can range from anything to simply reading a book, like the example below, or even just crossing the street.

Audio: Built This Way - Samantha Ronson

ig reels screenshot of man flipping through novel
Image credit: @stinkyasher

Trending Audio on Instagram - March 2024 

These trending sounds are shaping the Instagram Explore page this March. 

Thank You So Much for 20 Followers (11.8K Reels) 

Use this audio, which says ‘thank you so much for 20 followers’, as a tongue-in-cheek way to celebrate getting your Instagram brand off the ground, creating your first Reels or even to poke fun at a social media post you thought would help you go viral on Instagram.

Your Destination is Calling (145K Reels)

This trending audio featuring a ringtone turned beat drop, is perfect to showcase exotic travel destinations — to start, share a brief video of your travel destination (during the ‘dial tone’ portion of the audio), before the beat drops. Then, using the ‘Fast Pictures’ or other CapCut template, share a rapid-fire selection of photos from your trip. 

Exactly What I’m Going For (5K Reels) 

To use the 'exactly what I'm going for' audio and its corresponding trend, simply use text to describe something that’s become your entire personality. Use the phrasing, ‘If you’re not careful, ___ will become your whole personality,” with a corresponding photo or video. 

How Dash Hudson Can Help Schedule and Auto Publish Your Reels

One of the challenges of staying on top of trends is the 24/7 nature of social media — and even social marketers and managers need a break. 

Dash Hudson’s Multi-Channel Social Media Scheduler feature makes it easy to stay on top of trends, and avoid any rush. When your boss inevitably reaches out about that new audio trend they read about or scrolled by, you have the pleasure of telling them it’s already in the pipeline. 

In addition to the Scheduler feature, Dash Hudson’s AI powered tools for automation and insights help with repetitive tasks and decision making, allowing you more time for making creative Reels that your audience will love.


How do I find trending audio on Instagram?

You can find trending audio on Instagram by navigating to the Audio tool in Reels, and searching through the Instagram audio library — look for arrows that indicate an audio is trending. 

What is the most used audio on Reels?

One of the most used audio on Reels is ‘As it Was’ by Harry Styles with 3.4 million uses, and ‘Wait a Minute’ (Remix) by DJ Exe is the second-most used Instagram Reels song at 1.3 million uses. 

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