The Top Instagram Reels Trends Right Now (Updated August 2022)

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Wondering what’s currently trending on Instagram Reels?

This is the list you’ve been looking for!

The truth is, the best way to identify Instagram Reels trends is to spend a lot of time on the app… (or on TikTok, where most of these trends tend to originate from).

But hey, if you’re too busy for that (living a life and going outside and all that), here is a quick, up-to-date guide on what’s currently trending on Instagram Reels.

We’ll be frequently updating this list with new IG Reels trends as they emerge, so be sure to bookmark this page for future reference. And check out our list of trending IG Reels songs and audios for more ideas.

PS: Looking for more Instagram tips? You might also like our guide to increasing traffic on Instagram.

Instagram Reels trends do vary from user to user, depending on what the algorithm thinks you’re into. Feel free to comment below if you want to chime in with a trend you’re seeing!

Besides this Instagram Reels trends page, one of the best resources for finding current Instagram Reels trends is specific Instagram accounts.

Here are some Instagram accounts where you can find “Trend Alerts”:

  • @creators: The official Instagram account for IG Creators, which does a trend roundup every week.
  • @myanichol: Posts a weekly Reel about trending audios.
  • @karbrulhart: Posts tutorials for Reels trends and also about trending audios

We also recommend staying on top of current TikTok trends, as most IG Reels trends do tend to originate from there.

What trends do we keep seeing on our Reels feed lately? Here are a few!

NOTE: Those marked with an asterisk are the ones that have been shared by the official @creators account.

“I Miss the Girl You Were” Trend* | Example: Posting a video to this audio to “show off how your style changed through the years. First, show a picture of yourself as a kid, or years before your glowup. Then share a recent video or picture of yourself to show how far you’ve come”.

Brown Noise Trend* | Example: Posting a video with Brown Noise, showing “your reaction while you meditate to this audio for the first time”.

Being Mean to Myself Trend* | Example: Posting a video to this audio that shows the importance of self love. Start by staring straight at the camera with text overlay “Being mean to myself and realizing I’m also talking about…” then show a montage of yourself as a child.

Put This Sound Over a Memory You Can’t Stop Thinking About” Trend | Example: Posting a video of a cherished memory with this song and a text overlay saying “Put This Sound Over a Memory You Can’t Stop Thinking About”.

Waves Trend | Example: Posting a funny video with this song and this filter to make it look like you’re dancing in sync to the music.

“Ima Need Another Minute” Trend | Example: Posting a video where you’re lip syncing to this comedic audio about being confused, usually with a text overlay describing the situation in which you’d be this confused.

“Beyond Brilliant Idea” Trend | Example: Posting a video where you’re lip syncing to this audio, then point to your “brilliant idea” when the ding comes on.

“Put This Sound Over a Core Memory” Trend | Example: Posting a video of a ‘core memory’/nostalgic moment to this audio, often paired with a text overlay saying “Put This Sound Over a Core Memory”.

“I Call it Life” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio where you showcase a moment where you feel like you’re truly alive and living.

Here’s My Coffee” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio where you show your coffee and what you’re reading, in time with the words in the audio.

“Everyday” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio where the text overlay references a question that people ask you where your response would be “Everyday. Not all day everyday, but everyday”.

“Do It With Pizzazz” Trend* | Example: Posting a video where you are lip syncing to this song and sharing “what boosts your mood when you’re not feeling great.

“She’s Buff” Trend* | Example: Posting a video to this song where you’re doing a dance where you show off and flex your muscles and shimmy.

“Like That” Trend* | Example: Posting a video to this song where you dance and hype yourself up before doing a split in front of the camera.

“I’m Gonna Have to Go and Disagree With You There” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio where you use lip sync to this audio and have a text overlay explaining a situation where you would disagree with someone (e.g. a myth you want to bust in your industry, or taste differences you feel passionately about).

“It’s So Far a Masterpiece” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you use this audio saying “It’s so far a masterpiece” and showcase something you’re actually proud of or jokingly poke fun of yourself for being really self-absorbed.

Glitch Recap Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where it opens with a shot of a laptop showing the “title” of your video in white text on a black background, then cutting to a cool montage of clips, but with a glitchy transition that takes a few tries.

“Dear Diary, I Love My Life” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio where the words “Dear diary, I love my life” pop up on the screen in time with the words, with a quick montage of aesthetic photos/moments as the music gets louder.

We’ll be leaving an archive of past Instagram Reels trends below, since hey, you never know! Trends do have a way of making a comeback.

“No Don’t Say That” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio lip syncing the “No, don’t say that” while the text overlay describes a scenario where you would have to stop yourself from saying something.

“Today, Tomorrow, Thursday Afternoon” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio with a text overlay framed as a question that someone asks you where you would reply “today, tomorrow, Thursday afternoon…. etc”

Addicted to This Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio showcasing something you’re addicted to.

Come On, Brain” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio with a text overlay explaining a (comical) situation where you’re trying to summon your brain to work and think of something.

Memory You Can’t Stop Thinking About Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio with a fond memory, and adding a text overlay saying “Put this sound over a memory you can’t stop thinking about”.

Nationality Challenge Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio with the text overlay “How I’d Look as Different Nationalities”, with clips from an app called Faceplay which puts your face on people wearing diverse forms of cultural dress.

Clone Dance Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio and using this effect to do a cool dance.

‘Love Grows’ Trend | Example: Posting a video to this song showcasing your quirky/free side in short video clips or photos, usually for fashion, lifestyle and travel videos.

‘Male Version of You’ Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio showing off what you would look like as a man, using this effect, along with your genuine reaction of what you look like.

Play This Audio for Your Dog Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio showing your dog’s reaction to hearing it.

‘What Kind of Animal Are You?’ Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio using this effect, which shows which animal you are/should be.

Perfect Face Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio using this effect, which shows what your face would look like if it was perfect.

This Audio Makes Your Last Video Hot Trend | Example: Posting your most recent Camera Roll video using this sound.

“In 2022, I Should…” Trend | Example: Posting a video using this effect, which predicts what your New Year’s resolution should be.

2021 Recap Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio recapping the highlights of your year through photos and videos.

The Eye Challenge Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio where you have your eyes closed then you open them to reveal your eye color when the song lyric says “moon”. Sometimes accompanied by this filter.

Months of the Year Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio showing a different photo/highlight from each month as it comes up in the song.

The Lipstick Filter Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio using this lipstick filter.

Dancing Animals Trend | Example: Posting a dancing video to this audio, usually involving a cute and fluffy animal.

6th Video in Camera Roll Trend | Example: Posting a video this audio ft. the 6th video on your camera roll with a text overlay referencing the fact that this song is meant to match perfectly with the 6th vid in your camera roll.

Squid Game Trend*: Everyone is going crazy over this Korean series on Netflix, so finding a way to reference Squid Game, or making Reels acting as if you’re part of the show, is a great IG Reel trend to hop on right now.

“In My Mind” Trend* | ExamplePosting a video to this audio with a text overlay that pops up in time with the music in a heart shape saying “If only you knew what goes on in my” then usually the buffering effect, followed by quick shots of what is going on your mind.

“Fancy” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio where you throw three items of clothing down to the beat, then have a full outfit transition as you stomp down at the “I’m so fancy” part of the song.

“Panda” Trend*: Posting a video to this song where you are lipsyncing and doing cool camera transitions, usually with the Instagram fisheye filter.

“Please Leave Me Alone” Trend | Example: Posting a video lipsyncing to this audio, with a text overlay describing a scenario where you would ask people to leave you alone.

You Know I Got the Sauce” Trend | Example: Posting a video lipsyncing to this song, with a text overlay that showcases evidence that you’re irresistible/desirable.

Photo Edit “Ding” Trend | Example: Posting a video that contrasts a before/after (usually involving photography and editing), and syncing the transition with the ding in this audio.

“Yo bro, who got you smilin like that?” Trend (Originally from TikTok) | Example: Posting a video to this sound that starts with you grooving with the caption “Yo bro, who got you smilin like that?”, followed by a (wholesome) reason you’re smiling – often it’s a cute animal video or something else similarly adorable.

“I’m Sorry, I just Hallucinated. What?” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this audio with a text overlay that describes a situation when you would have an incredulous “what?” reaction.

Let us know in the comments if you know of any current Instagram Reels trends we should add to the list.

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