Creating a reel can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to worry about the quality of your acting, but you also have to choose the perfect song to compliment your videos.
The good news is, we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of 20 songs that we think would be great for your next reel. These songs span a variety of genres and styles, so there’s sure to be something that will make your reel the talk of the town.
1. “Whats Poppin” by Jack Harlow, tory lane, DaBaby, Lil Wayne
Jack Harlow’s “What’s Poppin'” has quickly become a TikTok sensation, with users creating all sorts of creative content set to the catchy track.
Whether you’re showing off your dance moves or just goofing around with friends, “What’s Poppin'” is sure to get your reels some attention. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even start a trend of your own!
2. “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
There’s nothing like a good song to get your reel going. And when it comes to finding the perfect background music for your shots, “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars is hard to beat.
The upbeat tempo of this track is sure to bring some energy to your video edits and your viewers will be hooked from start to finish.
3. “Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
Jack Harlow seems to be having a moment right now and “Industry Baby” is the perfect song to add to your reel if you’re looking to tap into that zeitgeist.
This iconic collaboration of two of music’s hottest rising stars is sure to make people talk and, more importantly, get your reel some much-deserved views.
4. “STAY” by Justin Bieber
If you’re looking for a more mellow track to add to your reel, Justin Bieber’s “STAY” might be just what you need. It made our list of best songs for reels because its stripped-down sound is the perfect backdrop for your more serious or sentimental clips with your partner.
5. “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat
We can all agree that Doja Cat knows how to make a hit song. “Kiss Me More” is the perfect example of her talent. The overall tone of the song is just carefree and happy. It’s no wonder that this track has been used in so many content creators’ reels, and for good reason.
6. “good 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo
Looking for a song to lowkey throw shades to your ex while also making it obvious that you’re doing just fine without them?
Olivia Rodrigo’s “good 4 u” is the perfect mix of sass and self-confidence, which is what we all need after a breakup. Using this song in your reel will show your ex (and everyone else) what they’re missing out on.
7. “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles
If your videos are about living your best life, “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles will make the perfect background for your reel. The light-hearted and fun song is all about enjoying the simple things in life, which is something we could all use a reminder of nowadays.
8. “At My Worst” by Pink Sweat
For romantic tributes for your boyfriend or girlfriend, Pink Sweat’s “At My Worst” is the perfect sappy but sweet track.
The song is all about being in love and how that person makes you feel, which is a sentiment that we’re sure your S.O. will appreciate. Pair this song with some cute footages of you two and you’re guaranteed to get all the likes.
9. “ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby (feat. Roddy Rich)
Moving back to a more upbeat vibe, “ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby is a great song to use if you’re trying to show off your fun and wild side.
The track is all about living life in the fast lane and enjoying every minute of it. With a song like this playing in the background, your followers will be sure to get an adrenaline rush just from watching your reel.
10. “Mi Gente” by J Balvin (feat. Beyoncé)
Since its release in 2017, J Balvin’s “Mi Gente” has become one of the most popular songs of the decade.
And it’s no surprise that the track has found its way onto the soundtrack of many people’s lives. Latin music is the thing right now, and this song perfectly embodies the fun and carefree spirit of the genre.
11. “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
Of course, we couldn’t have a list of the best songs for reels without including Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.” The track is the perfect blend of attitude and confidence, which is something that we could all use a little more of. If you’re looking to show off your badass side, this song is definitely the way to go.
12. “Savage Remix” by Megan Thee Stallion (feat. Beyoncé)
Do you remember that one time Beyoncé hopped on a remix and saved 2020? Yeah, same. This song is the perfect blend of ratchet and classy, making it ideal for any type of reel. Plus, the lyrics are incredibly empowering, which is always a nice touch.
13. “Habits (Stay High)” by Tove Lo
If you’re editing videos from last night, this song is a must. Bring on the memories (and the hangover) with this addicting track. With the perfect mix of electronic and pop, it’s sure to make an unforgettable reel.
14. “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X
This next track was one of the most streamed songs of 2019 for a reason. The beat drops at the perfect time for your videos, and it’s impossible not to dance along. Not to mention, the lyrics are incredibly catchy. You can’t go wrong with this one.
15. “Fantasy” by Bazzi
Bazzi just gets it. This R&B track is ideal for any type of reel, whether it’s a night out or just hanging with friends. The slow build up makes it perfect for those dramatic transitions, and the lyrics are sure to resonate.
16. “No Lie (Remix)” by Sean Paul (feat. Dua Lipa)
Another danceable track, Sean Paul’s “No Lie (Remix)” will fit perfectly into any reel. The addition of Dua Lipa on the track only makes it more catchy. This track would best suit a reel with fun, summery footage and visuals.
17. “After Hours” by The Weeknd
If you’re looking for a more sultry, mysterious song to add to your edits, look no further than “After Hours” by The Weeknd. This R&B track is sure to set the mood for any reel with its sensual vibes and hypnotic beat. The Weeknd sure knows how to make his listeners feel things.
18. “Dance With Me” by Diplo, Thomas Rhett, and Young Thug
Aside from being an all-around talented musician, Diplo is also a master of creating catchy hooks. This song is no exception, with its bouncy beat and infectious chorus.
The addition of Thomas Rhett and Young Thug gives the track even more star power, making it a perfect choice for your next reel.
19. “Those Nights” by Bastille
Bastille is known for their anthemic indie-pop tunes, and “Those Nights” is no exception. The song’s soaring chorus and uplifting lyrics make it perfect for any feel-good reel. Match it with footage of your friends and family, and you’re sure to get some likes.
20. “THATS WHAT I WANT” by Lil Nas X
We are ending the list with a certified banger from Lil Nas X. “THATS WHAT I WANT” is a perfect song to get your energy up and get those creative juices flowing. Having a great song to get your reel started is essential, and this one does just that.
There you have it, the 20 best songs for your reels. We hope you enjoyed this list and found some new tunes to help make your reel stand out. Your reels represent your personality, so make sure they are reflective of who you are and what you want to be known for.
Thanks for reading!