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The Best Royalty Free Music For Instagram

Mackenzie Scott

Mar 2, 2024

While Instagram might have gotten its start as a photo-sharing app back in the day, over the years it's evolved into perhaps the greatest content-sharing platform in existence. And despite its humble photo origins, music is very much a part of the Instagram experience today.

This is why picking the right track for your Instagram Posts, Stories, or Reels is a crucial part of a content creator’s process these days. And, if you’ve never tried to find music for your Instagram content in the past, you might discover that finding music for your posts is harder than you’d think.

Luckily, with royalty free music and sound effects provided by Soundstripe, you’ll never have to worry about finding the right tracks, or navigating tricky copyright issues, when searching for music for your Instagram content.

The Top 10 royalty free songs for Instagram

We have a lot of insights to share into what types of music tracks do best on Instagram, as well as advice for how to best navigate Instagram's tricky copyright rules, listed out below.

But if you're looking for some of our favorite tracks, but if you’re feeling a bit brain-dead and would like for us to line up some choices for you, here are some of our best royalty free songs for Instagram for your listening pleasure.

1. “Astro Jetson” by Mikey Geiger

Genre: Electro Pop

Instruments: Drums and synth

2. “Back To You” by Daniel King

Genre: Electro Pop

Instruments: Drums and electronic drums

3. “Thank You” by Demure

Genre: Chill LoFi

Instruments: Samples and electronic drums

4. “Presence” by Mikey Geiger

Genre: Electro Pop

Instruments: Electric guitar and synth

5. “Overtime” by Simple Thieves

Genre: Electro Pop

Instruments: Synth and electric guitar

6. “Distant Shore” by Tide Electric

Genre: Hopeful Synth

Instruments: Piano and synth

7. “I Just Wanna Luv U” by BRASKO

Genre: Indie Pop

Instruments: Synth and piano

8. “Simple Song” by Fantoms

Genre: Chill Electro Beats

Instruments: Electric guitar and guitar

9. “Heroes” by Noah Smith

Genre: Indie Pop

Instruments: Piano and electric guitar

10. “Beauty Surrounding” by Pete Steward

Genre: Chill Acoustic 

Instruments: Acoustic guitar and electric guitar

How to use music on Instagram

Content creator holding a phone with the best royalty free music for Instagram

Now, let’s quickly go over everything you need to know about using music on Instagram. 

According to Instagram’s Terms of Use and Community Guidelines, you can only post content to Instagram that doesn’t violate someone else’s intellectual property rights. This means that the best way to make sure any music or sound effects in your videos or posts don’t violate copyright law is to make sure you only post two types of content:

  1. Content you wrote and recorded yourself.
  2. Content where the owner has permitted you from the artist to use it (aka royalty free music).

We know that these copyright and music licensing terms can be quite confusing though, so if you’d like a primer on how copyrights work for audio and music, check out our full guide to music licensing for YouTube and other platforms.

Our top playlists for Instagram content creators

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No one wants to wake up to find any DMCA takedown notices or account suspension emails on their phones, so making sure that your music has been properly licensed and cleared with trusted tracks from Soundstripe will make your life so much easier.

With royalty free music provided by Soundstripe, you can rest assured that all of the tracks below (and on the site in general) are 100% covered not just for Instagram, but also for all of the other content platforms like YouTube and TikTok.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of our top playlists for Instagram content creators.

Upbeat Creator Playlist

Indie Pop Playlist

Electronic Creator Playlist

Each of these playlists above provides an eccentric mix of various tracks curated by our talented music experts. With each track, you can download full songs recorded by Grammy-winning artists to help take your projects to the next level.

For some more good news, if you do want to license any specific genres or types of music from any of these playlists, you can filter your searches from within our music catalog, as well as even try out our new AI Search tool to help you find the perfect track.

Given that royalty free music for Instagram isn’t just limited to one genre, you have a ton of flexibility and creative freedom when filtering through our playlists.  If you’re interested in checking out even more options, you can do that with our curated list of royalty free music playlists here.

New Instagram music for content creators in 2022

We’re also releasing new music every week here at Soundstripe, so there’s always an influx of new and diverse songs to listen to and license.

If you’d like a teaser of some of the latest tracks released by Soundstripe artists, here are some additional tunes to help kick your Instagram videos up a notch.

1. “Amnesia” by Ghost Beatz

Genre: Chill Hip Hop

Instruments: Piano and drums

2. “Slurple” by JAYA (Raise)

Genre: Electro Beats

Instruments: Drums and electronic drums

3. “Like Quicksand” by Terminals

Genre: Indie Pop

Instruments: Bass and drums

4. “Champagne Papaya” by Avocado Junkie

Genre: Upbeat Acoustic 

Instruments: Acoustic guitar and ukulele

5. “Only The Brave Run Wild” by Sounds Like Sander

Genre: Upbeat Acoustic

Instruments: Acoustic guitar and synth

Tips for using copyright free music on Instagram

Man in black shirt creating content using copyright free music for Instagram

As we mentioned at the start, posting content to Instagram has evolved quite a bit over the years. Gone are the days of just posting pixelated photos of your beach sunsets. These days Instagram is all about dynamic, and expressive, content. And music is 100% a part of that new Instagram experience.

Some good advice for those just starting is to look inward and find the right style and genre for your brand. And, let’s face facts, even if you’re just posting for yourselves, these days you are a brand—and you should find the right music that best reflects your vibe.

That’s why it’s a good idea to create a custom playlist on Soundstripe yourself. You can do this either on your desktop or from your phone with the Soundstripe mobile app. You can browse music and explore the variety of tracks and styles.

Once you put together a playlist of your liking, you can begin to work these not just into your videos, but into all of the different types of content that you can share on Instagram. Your photo posts can even have a soundtrack these days—what a time to be alive!

Need more royalty free music for Instagram?

Musician standing up playing guitar creating the best royalty free music for Instagram

Finally, don’t settle for just our recommendations above. Soundstripe offers a treasure trove of awesome music, realistic sound effects, and many other stock assets like video. If you haven’t explored the app you should dive in today.

Once you decide on Soundstripe music for your Instagram videos, you can rest assured that all of our tracks will also provide great background and effects for creating content for all your other social channels, including YouTube, TikTok, and even Twitch.

If you’re interested in learning more about all of the perks and features that come with our music plans, you can find that information on our pricing and plans here. In the meantime, take some time to check out our music catalog and playlists

Also, if you’re still hungry for some more track recommendations from our Soundstripe music team, head over to some of these curated playlists to give you even more inspiration for your videos. 

Whether you’re looking for something specific or you’re open to any genre, there’s something for everyone in our music library.