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The Top Instagram Reels Trends to Try This Week

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The Top Instagram Reels Trends to Try This Week


By Hannah McInall

Updated on August 10, 2022

14 minute read

Looking for some Reels inspo? You've come to the right place.

Published March 31, 2022

Stay on top of the biggest social media marketing trends!

Each week, we update this resource with the top Instagram Reels trends heating up on the feed, what they are, and how you can incorporate them into your strategy.

What are the Trending Reels on Instagram? — August 2022 Roundup

Discover the hottest trends on Instagram Reels this month.

Trend: Lover — August 10, 2022

Trend Recap: This sweet, slowed-down version of Taylor Swift’s “Lover” is the perfect accompaniment to photo-based Reels.

Creators are using the audio to share their “Pinterest-worthy” photos, but don’t be afraid to get creative with your own spin on the trend.

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: Original Audio - isa.remolina

Trend: My Favorite Things — August 10, 2022

Trend Recap: This Sound of Music-inspired trend speaks for itself. Simply sync clips of your favorite things and voila — a Reel is born! 

P.S. If you’re a business owner, this audio is an excellent opportunity to show off your product assortment.

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: Original Audio - lexsauce10

Trend: Somewhere Only We Know — August 10, 2022

Trend Recap: Bring your adventures to life with Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” remix.

The track is guaranteed to make travel footage, a day-in-the-life, or a staycation look like a cinematic masterpiece. 🤩

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: Somewhere Only We Know - theloverspassport

Trend: Bad Habit — August 5, 2022

Trend Recap: Steve Lacy’s latest single is the epitome of laidback summertime vibes and we can’t get enough.

Use this chilled-out audio to share your OOTD, morning routine, or favorite recipe.

Audio: Bad Habit - Steve Lacy

Trend: Time Moves Slow — August 5, 2022

Trend Recap: This sped-up version of BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Time Moves Slow” has gone viral on TikTok a few times.

On Reels, creators have been using it with on-screen text synchronized to the beat. The audio has just under 4K videos so it hasn't picked up speed (yet).

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: Original Audio - jessesulli

Trend: Nonstop Remix — August 5, 2022

Trend Recap: This remix of Drake’s “Nonstop” is the perfect audio for epic transitions.

Try syncing your video clips to the beat and line up your transition with the lyric “I just flipped a switch.”

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: i jus flipped a switch - journalbymoon

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What are the Trending Reels on Instagram? — July 2022 Roundup

Discover the hottest trends on Instagram Reels this month.

Trend: Magic Moments — July 28, 2022

Trend Recap: This audio is made for magical montages and mouthwatering recipes. 

Use the soft, piano melody to accompany your last picturesque vacation or while you assemble your favorite meal. 

Audio: Magic Moments — Austin Farwell

Trend: Feeling Good — July 28, 2022

Trend Recap: Nina Simone’s OG track, “Feeling Good” is getting the old Instagram remix, and we love to see it! 

So what’s got you feeling good? Use the track to showcase some stellar B-roll footage, recap an event, or share a vlog!

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: Feeling Good (Austin Millz Remix)

Trend: Lujon — July 22, 2022

Trend Recap: Raise your hand if you're traveling this summer 🙋

While this audio is pretty niche, it's perfect for travel or lifestyle creators, and has less than 20K Reels (and growing) — so jump on it fast.

Simply couple the soothing tune with a gorgeous view, and you're set!

Audio: Lujon — Henry Mancini

Trend: We Found Love Remix — July 22, 2022

Trend Recap: Rihanna and Calvin Harris' summer anthem, "We Found Love" is back — with a slight twist.

The remix is the perfect track to accompany a vlog or day in the life post.

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: We Found Love - Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris - its_jal

Trend: Before & After — July 14, 2022

Trend Recap: With just under 10K Reels, now is the perfect time to hop on this trend. 

Whether you’re an artist, designer, or small business owner, use this audio to share your most impressive transformation.

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: Original Audio - thaddeus.10

Trend: Somebody That I Used To Know — July 14, 2022

Trend Recap: Gotye’s 2011 single, “Somebody That I Used To Know” is making a comeback on Reels. 

Use the audio for tutorials, product spotlights, or photo dumps — virtually anything goes! 

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: Original Audio - jpau_

Trend: Intoxicated — July 14, 2022

Trend Recap: Want to create a little extra hype around your content? 

This high-energy track is an instant mood booster and ideal for syncing short clips or photos to the beat.

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: Original Audio - jodiardyansyah

Trend: Massive — July 7, 2022

Trend Recap: Drake’s latest album may be receiving mixed reviews, but the lead single has been massive on Reels.

Use this high-energy beat to share a vlog, showcase a recipe, or recap an event.

Audio: Massive - Drake

Trend: Freaks — July 7, 2022

Trend Recap: The acoustic version of Surf Curse’s “Freaks” is the perfect addition to aesthetic montages. 

Use this peaceful audio to share your dreamiest travel moments and favorite memories.

Audio [Business Account Friendly]: Original Audio - gustibaraa

Trend: I Like You — July 7, 2022

Trend Recap: Post Malone’s latest single “I Like You” is gaining serious momentum on Reels.

The track is super versatile, you can use it for just about any type of content — or choreograph your own dance if you’re feeling ambitious. 😉

Audio: I Like You (A Happier Song) (feat. Doja Cat) - Post Malone

PSA: You can now auto-publish and schedule Reels with Later! Sign up today:

What are the Trending Reels on Instagram? — June 2022 Roundup

Discover the hottest trends on Instagram Reels this month.

Trend: Vegas – June 29, 2022

Trend Recap: The long-awaited Elvis movie has officially hit theatres, but the main event? This Doja Cat hit we can’t seem to get out of our heads.

Use this viral song as the soundtrack for your next Reel and let the views roll in.

Audio: Vegas - dojacat

Trend: SNAP – June 29, 2022

Trend Recap: Calling all adventurers! This song by Eurovision breakout star, Rosa Linn, was made for outdoorsy types.

Use this trending track to turn your travel videos into a Reels masterpiece.

Audio: SNAP - rosalinnmusic

Ready to plan your Instagram Reels content in advance? Start scheduling Reels with Later, the #1 visual marketing platform — today!

Trend: Outlands – June 29, 2022

Trend Recap: Short and sweet, this audio is perfect for sharing a sneak peek or a short video clip.

Create your Reel in seconds by using the Templates feature on Instagram.

Audio: Outlands - spencerwelling

Trend: Take a Nap — June 23, 2022

Trend Recap: Do you have a pet or run an animal account? This audio spoof of Lizzo's "About Damn Time" is for you.

It's simple: use the audio with clips of an animal napping or relaxing.

Audio: Original Audio — captain.the.bully

Trend: Traingazing — June 23, 2022

Trend Recap: This trending song is full of chill summer vibes.

It can be used to stitch various photos together, for a "get ready with me" vlog, or a tutorial:

Audio: Traingazing — @samwillsmusic

Trend: I Did Not Expect My Last Video... — June 14, 2022

Trend Recap: Looking to get 100K views on your Reel? This cheeky audio may get you there🤞

Film behind the scenes clips, highlight your range of products, or simply showcase some b-roll.

Audio: I did not expect my last video... - @hambsandwhich

Trend: Little Freak — June 14, 2022

Trend Recap: How many Harry Style's songs can be trending on Reels at once?

The limit does not exist.

Compile clips of your latest vacation, your morning routine, or your hobby and show off your highlight reel.

Audio: Little Freak - Harry Styles

Trend: She IS The Moment — June 14, 2022

Trend Recap: Use this trending track audio to highlight three different things.

Think: Must-visit travel spots, skin-care products, or vegan recipes.

Audio: Original Audio - Calistatee

Trend: Running Up That Hill — June 8, 2022

Trend Recap: Thanks to Stranger Things season four (no spoilers here, don't worry), this 80s Kate Bush song is picking up steam.

The nostalgic track is great for behind the scenes clips, product highlights, an OOTD, or whatever you fancy — it all works!

Audio: Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) - katebushmusic

Trend: Life is Good — June 8, 2022

Trend Recap: Show your followers what you've been up to by giving them a peek into your camera roll.

Take a screenshot of your "Recents" album in your camera roll, zoom in, and upload at least 20 photos each set to to 0.1 seconds.

Click on the Reel below and select "Use Template" to easily jump on the trend.

Audio: Original Audio - jenniferhanshaw

FYI: With Later you can schedule your Reels! Start scheduling Reels with Later, the #1 visual marketing platform — today!

Trend: At First, I Was Like… — June 3, 2022

Trend Recap: This trend is all about facing your fears. 

Use this audio from the TV series, Friends to name an experience that terrified you at first, but worked out in the end.

Audio: Original Audio - briannaraefitness

Trend: Dancing In The Moonlight — June 3, 2022

Trend Recap: Musician Darcy Stokes’ dreamy cover of Toploader’s “Dancing in the Moonlight” is pure magic.

Sync a couple of video clips to this audio and make your life look like a movie!

Audio: Original Audio - laurencim

Trend: Roses — June 3, 2022

Trend Recap: This slowed-down version of The Chainsmokers’ hit song, “Roses” is the perfect backdrop for your best memories.

The audio is popular among travel bloggers, but versatile enough to use for photo dumps, product features, and more.

Audio: Original Audio - allisonkelleyy

What are the Trending Reels on Instagram? – May 2022 Roundup

Discover the hottest trends on Instagram Reels this month.

Trend: Talented, Brilliant, Incredible — May 27, 2022

Trend Recap: This soundbite from an interview with Lady Gaga and The Hollywood Reporter has been a popular meme for years — and now it's made its way to Reels trending sounds.

It's the perfect audio for showing off your skills, your products, or your business.

Audio: Lady Gaga x The Hollywood Reporter Interview

Trend: Lizzo X Black Eyed Peas Mashup — May 27, 2022

Trend Recap: Lizzo's "About Damn Time" is mixed with The Black Eyed Peas' "Let's Get It Started" in this trending mashup.

Use the song for tutorials, a day in the life vlog, or to launch your latest campaign.

Audio: Original Audio — @altego_music

Ready to plan your Instagram Reels content in advance? Start scheduling Reels with Later, the #1 visual marketing platform — today!

Trend: Baby Girl — May 20, 2022

Trend Recap: Use this track for photo and video montages, throwbacks, recipes, or product highlights.

It's the perfect trend to try out the new "Use Template" feature.

Audio: BABY GIRL - @discolines

Trend: To Be Real Remix — May 20, 2022

Trend Recap: This classic Got To Be Real remix is a bop.

Bring out your best dance moves or use it as a background track for products, recipes, or behind the scenes clips.

Audio: To Be Real - Austin Millz

Trend: Dear Diary — May 13, 2022

Trend Recap: This trend is all about living your best life. Compile clips of your latest vacation, your morning routine, or your hobby and show off your highlight reel.

Audio: Original Audio - nikkiclark

Trend: I’m Just Getting Started — May 13, 2022

Trend Recap: Embrace your inner JLO and use this original audio to showcase your proudest achievements, from a completed home renovation to a business milestone.

Audio: Original Audio - jlo

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Trend: Malibu – May 6, 2022

Trend Recap: Miley Cyrus's 2017 pop hit is making a comeback on Reels.

Use the track to show a tutorial, a day in the life, or whatever your heart fancies.

Audio: Malibu — Miley Cyrus

Trend: I Can't Help But Feel – May 6, 2022

Trend Recap: The summer vibes are immaculate with this upbeat track.

It's the perfect tune for photo and video montages, throwbacks, recipes, or product highlights.

Audio: I Can't Help But Feel – Surfaces

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What are the Trending Reels on Instagram? – April 2022 Roundup

Discover the hottest trends on Instagram Reels this month.

Trend: As It Was – April 27, 2022

Trend Recap: Harry Styles' latest hit is making waves on both Reels and TikTok.

For this trend, you can either share random clips to the beat or you can be nostalgic and share older clips set to the lyrics "as it was" on loop.

Audio: As It Was - Harry Styles

Trend: Heaven Is a Place on Earth – April 27, 2022

Trend Recap: The Mayries' cover of this iconic hit is all about showing off something beautiful.

It's slowly picking up steam on Reels so you're going to want to jump on this ASAP!

Audio: Heaven Is a Place on Earth — The Mayries

Trend: Butterflies – April 27, 2022

Trend Recap: This ~ vibey ~ remix has been taking over our timelines — typically accompanying a montage of video clips.

Audio: I SHOULD BE OVER ALL THE BUTTERFLIES !!! — @discolines (Still Into You — Paramore)

Trend: The Real Slim Shady – April 20, 2022

Trend Recap: Talk about a sound from the archives!

Whether you’re showcasing some behind-the-scenes content, a weekend trip, or a tutorial, this is the audio for you.

Audio: Nirajvaishnav_— ™️ (Eminem — The Real Slim Shady)

Trend: Always Be My Baby – April 20, 2022

Trend Recap: Mariah Carey's smash hit, Always Be My Baby is coming back from the vault with a smooth remix.

Use this certified bop to show admiration for someone near and dear, a brand, or your go-to product of the month!

Audio: Austin Millz - Always Be (Mariah Carey — Always Be My Baby)

Trend: Biggest Achievement – April 14, 2022

Trend Recap: Using Zoe Saldana's words as a voiceover, this trend is all about showing some love to yourself, your business, and acknowledging how far you've come.

Remember to use the text tool so viewers can read her words while they watch.