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How to Find Trending Audio on Instagram in 2024 (+15 Tracks to Use Right Now)

If you always feel like you’re chasing the tail-end of audio trends on the app, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’ll guide you through all the methods you can use to find the most popular music and sounds on Instagram before they drop off the charts. 

May 15, 2024 12 min readInstagram
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Kirsti Lang

Content Writer @ Buffer

Choosing the perfect audio to accompany your latest Instagram Reel is an art, not a science. Still, opting for a trending sound or music clip could provide the boost you need to get your video on the reels feed or Instagram Explore page

But where to find them? If you always feel like you’re chasing the tail-end of audio trends on the app, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I’ll guide you through all the methods you can use to find the most popular music and sounds on Instagram before they drop off the charts. 

Here are seven great ways to pinpoint a great sound or song for your next reel — piping-hot trending audio for your videos, fresh out of the oven.

Look out, TikTok: Instagram is on a mission to make its video editing tools the best of the bunch. They’ve rolled out a host of updates in recent months to improve their in-app reels editor (I’m still living for their Instagram templates).

In 2024, they started rolling out a feature that may be even handier: a way to see trending songs and sounds. 

For now, this feature is for professional Instagram accounts, and only available in the U.S. on the Instagram mobile app.

Follow the steps below to get, as Instagram puts it, “the top 50 tracks with a sharp rise in reels usage over the past three days.” 

Here’s how:

  • Tap the Professional dashboard button on your profile
  • Scroll down to the Tips and resources section
  • Tap Trending audio
Instagram trending audio

If the most popular songs on Instagram’s trending Reels audio list don’t quite work for your planned video, it’s worth scrolling through the Reels feed for audio that might be more aligned with your niche.

Yes, scrolling is a crucial step in content creation (even if you become so absorbed in the scroll that you forget what you were looking for — it happened to me many times while writing this article). 

Think of your reels feed as a reels Explore page — unique to you and the best place to find trending reels from content creators you follow and those you don’t, based on your behavior (this is how Instagram’s algorithm works). 

Pay attention to the other clips gaining traction in your niche — it’s a great place to source Instagram Reels trends and ideas and make the most of Instagram Reels templates, too.

Here’s how to find trending reels:

  1. In the Instagram app, tap on the reels video icon on the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Find a reel with a sound you like, then tap on the artist and title (next to the little music note) on the bottom left of the video.
  3. This will take you over to the audio page. Here, you’ll find how many times the sound has been used, where the reel sound originally came from, plus all the other videos it’s been featured in and how many views they have. 


Pro tip: If you don’t want to use the audio in a video right now, save it for later by tapping the little bookmark icon on the bottom right. You’ll find all the sounds you’ve saved in the Create Reel space by tapping the little music note icon you would usually use to find your sounds. Just tap Saved above all the music Instagram is recommending for you.

While this method of finding trending sounds on Instagram isn’t quite fool-proof, it’s a great way of exploring outside the content Instagram is recommending to you.

  1. Tap on the magnifying glass at the bottom of the app to head over to the Explore/Discover page.
  2. Tap the search bar at the top of the page to type a phrase like “trending audio.” You could even opt for something more specific to the video you plan to post, like “spring clean” or “morning routine,” to see what other creators have used for similar videos. 

4. The Instagram Creators account

Instagram’s @Creators account is a wealth of great info and ideas for Instagram growth. They regularly publish a reels trends carousel that not only shares the latest and greatest sounds top creators are using but editing tips and tricks, too. 

Pro tip: Join the Creators broadcast channel to have news of Instagram’s latest features and trends sent straight to your Instagram inbox. Sign up here

5. TikTok

OK, hear me out. I know a lot of die-hard IG Reels creators will loathe the idea of switching allegiances, but having a little look-see at what’s happening on Gen Z’s social platform of choice doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a TikToker. (Unless you want to be — and repurposing your Instagram Reels for TikTok is laughably easy and doubles your chance of content success.)

What resonates on TikTok often strikes a chord on Instagram, too. Head over to our Trending TikTok Sounds guide for more tips you can carry over to Instagram.

There are three simple ways to do this:

TikTok’s Creative Center

One of the best ways to find trending sounds for your short-form videos is via TikTok’s Creative Center (it’s also a great spot to hunt for hashtags and videos that are on the up). The best part? You can get super specific with your search time frame and choose your country to find which music is resonating the most in your region right now.

TikTok’s search function

TikTok’s search function is pretty great (there’s a reason TikTok SEO is the new frontier for social media managers), and it offers a straightforward way to find trending sounds. Just as you would on Instagram: 

  • Tap the magnifying glass icon on the top right of the app to open the search tool in the TikTok app.
  • In the search bar, type a phrase like “viral sound” or “trending audio.”
  • Tap the Sounds tab and scroll through, paying special attention to the ones labeled popular.
  • When you find a sound you like, note the name and search for it on Instagram.

TikTok’s playlists

While you’re on TikTok, it’s worth hopping over to TikTok’s curated sound library. To find it:

  1. Tap the + button on the bottom middle of your screen (don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’re instantly adding a new video).
  2. Tap the music note icon on the right.
  3. There, you’ll find sounds recommended for you, plus a host of categories created by TikTok. Make a note of any sounds you like, then search for them on Instagram. 

6. Buffer Social Media Newsletter

Buffer’s Social Media Manager, Mitra Mehvar, is our source of all things trending when it comes to short-form video and audio — in fact, she picks one popular reels trend a week to feature in our social media newsletter. She even interprets the trends and gives some ideas on how best to use them. 

If you’d like her recommendations sent straight to your inbox, sign up here. She shares all sorts of social media tips!

7. Meta Sound Collection

Thousands of rights-cleared sounds and audio to use on content for Instagram, Facebook, or Meta’s other apps? Yes, that exists: meet Meta’s Sound Collection

Copyright concerns mean that finding audio to accompany your commercial content as an Instagram business account user is a little trickier, which is why this handy sound and music library of free-to-use commercial sounds is a game-changer.

Best used on a desktop computer, the system is much more user-friendly than the in-app audio libraries for Instagram and Facebook Reels. There are a whole bunch of search filters that you can apply — Genre, Mood, Duration, and Tempo, for example — to help you find the perfect audio to accompany your branded content. You can even sort the sounds by ‘Most popular’ to give you a good idea of what audio is trending. 

Before you ask: Yes, those with Creator and personal Instagram accounts can use this library, too. 

The regularly updated audio on offer can be streamed or downloaded. The only catch: according to the terms of use, content you create with these sounds can only be used on Meta platforms (sorry, TikTok and YouTube Shorts). 

Want to schedule your Instagram Reels and still add trending audio? With Buffer's Instagram notifications, you can! Here's how →

Using all of the methods above (and some recommendations from Mitra), I’ve pulled together some of the most viral, versatile trending music and sounds from Instagram this year. 

1. Beautiful Things

This energizing track by Benson Boon is trending across platforms, but it feels like it's popping up all over my Reels feed in 2024. I keep hearing new versions of the song, each better than the last. The lyrics ("Please stay, I want you, I need you, oh God, don't take these beautiful things that I've got") pair brilliantly with so many Instagram-worthy moments.

This weekday fashion vlog by @chadhaupt_ is a great example:

Here's another version by @northernelg, who remixed the original with another track called Don't Let Me Down, by The Chainsmokers.

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2. Texas Hold 'Em

Well, when Beyoncé drops a surprise, off-genre track that immediately starts charting... how could it it not become one of the most-used songs of 2024 for Instagram Reels?

The toe-tapping tune has been featured in millions of Reels, which, in turn, have garnered millions of views. I've heard this song used in any and every niche, from beauty to travel to productivity and more.

Here's an example by @with_love_kitty:

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3. This is What Space Feels Like

This clip by JVKE has an epic build and lends itself perfectly to transitions — so it’s little wonder the audio has been used in almost 150,000 Reels (and counting).

Photographers often use it to show off the results of their work, as @danielmacadangdang has done in the reel below. 

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4. Moonlight Serenade

This dreamy old-school clip from Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller is ideal for small businesses, particularly if you’re looking to showcase beautiful scenery, a meaningful moment, or — my personal favorite — glorious foodie clips.

Check out how @alexarosa used the audio to show off these drool-worthy pie cupcakes.

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5. Italian cafe vibes

This audio sounds pretty romantic, but many people are using it as a way to poke fun at something — think a funny POV or something quirky that you like to do. See how @madelinemaesmithauthor used this audio to make fun of themselves below.

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6. Strangers

If you’ve been on any social media platform that allows for short-form video, chances are you’ve heard Kenya Grace’s Strangers. The track has been remixed within an inch of its life — several versions are trending — but this sped-up version lends itself well to some fun time-lapse edits, like @gisou's reel below.

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7.  'Tempting, but no'

This audio from the movie Notting Hill features a line by Julia Roberts that you can use to show some boundary-setting or a hilarious refusal.

Here’s how @vixbull's Frenchie refuses to go to the bathroom before bed in favor of waking her at night instead.

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8. Rosyln (feat. a thunderstorm)

There can’t possibly be a track cozier than this one by Bon Iver, layered with the patter of rain and rumbling of thunder for good measure. Save this one for your ambient winter moments. (good luck topping @the_onlycookiemonster’s dreamy Reel below, though). 

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Pro tip: Post timing is an important factor to consider to maximize engagement on your reel. Find the best time to post on Instagram for you, then schedule your reel to go out during a peak engagement period with Buffer. Get started with Buffer for free →

9. ‘Some days I am just on fire’

This is a fun audio clip in which Michael Scott from The Office proclaims, “Some days I am just on fire. What can I say?” 

You can use this audio to give yourself a genuine pat on the back, make fun of yourself a little bit, or celebrate your handling of a small task.

Here’s how @roysdigitalmedia used the audio to have a little fun about social media managers writing the perfect caption.

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10. 'Let’s go!'

This is such a happy and energetic audio that brings the feel good vibes. Fun tip: Use the countdown at the beginning to build up excitement and lead into a big reveal, like how @thelawnandorder did in their video using this audio.

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11. I Like The Way You Kiss Me

This vibey song by Artemas has taken over social media. It’s incredibly versatile and could be used for a timelapse, tutorial, recap, or behind-the-scenes video.

Check out how I used it as background audio for a timelapse video of me working on a social post.

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12. ‘You’ll be fine’

This popular audio uses a clip from the trendy song End of Beginning by Djo with the lyrics, “Just trust me, you’ll be fine.”

Many people are using this clip to add text to their video with a question where their response is, “You’ll be fine.” Check out how @selenamup used this audio to share a message of not letting the haters stop you from filming your content in public.

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13. Everybody Wants to Rule the World

The Free Label made this vibey cover of Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears, and it’s a great clip to use for recaps, tutorials, or any video, really!

@whenintampa used the audio to show off a beautiful biking trail: 

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14. Cruel Summer

Thanks to the Eras Tour, album re-releases, and a romance with a football star that’s enough to make even non-Swifties melt, any of Taylor Swift’s tracks could be considered trending audio. Cruel Summer, though, is the gift that keeps on giving.

Even though it was released in 2019, the song keeps sashaying back up to #1 on the global charts — which probably has a lot to do with how popular it is for social media videos. At the time of writing this, it had been used in a whopping 600K Reels.

The song is versatile enough to work as a backdrop for almost any video, but if works particularly well for fashion and other lifestyle accounts. 

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15. 'Do you know what love is?'

This song is a fun remix by Zimmer90, and it’s a great audio to use for a reel focused on any kind of reveal.

Check out how @sartori_debora used this audio to reveal a trip to Mexico:

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Happy Reeling!

If you’ve created a Reel with one of the trending sounds in this guide, we’d love to see it! Tag @buffer on Instagram so we can find you. 

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