Top 10 Classic Rock Songs For Instagram Stories begins with an explanation of what they are. It all started in 2016 when the popular social media platform presented a new app feature that allowed users to post a collection of pics and photos in a vertical slideshow format as they told their stories. These would be posted online for about twenty-four hours before automatic removal. This is what sets them apart from regular Instagram posts which are usually allowed to stay on a content creator’s site indefinitely. Normally, the intent behind an Instagram story is to be a fast and fun presentation of whatever story a content creator wishes to share. When posting a story, a colorful ring will appear around your profile picture. This informs your followers they can tap on your profile pic to see what you just posted. This also appears on the top row of their home screens.
Instagram Stories give users a great opportunity to tell a story based on whatever subject matter they wish to share. This has become a popular method of advertising for small business owners wanting to get their brands recognized. Even the corporate giants have engaged in Instagram Stories. Even though these stories only last for twenty-four hours, if there are enough followers willing to engage, the desired result to win a captive audience has been achieved. If you’ve never created an Instagram Story but want to, it’s an easy enough process as you merely follow the platform’s prompts provided by the Instagram camera app.
On the top corner of the screen, there is a “plus” button you press that will take you to “Story.” From there, you can either create brand new content for your story by tapping the white circle found at the bottom of the screen and start filming. You can also upload photos and videos that were previously created if that is your wish. That button is found on the album icon found at your screen’s bottom left icon. You will find the Instagram Story interface is similar to Snapchat’s. Instagram Story slideshows are at their best when the pictures have a dimensional frame that is 1080px by 1920px.
Whatever you post as an Instagram Story is up to you. Everyday users normally post these slideshows in the name of good fun as they share whatever comes to mind at the time. Businesses and content creators that have specific purposes in mind will use this twenty-four-hour window of opportunity to make a statement of some kind. As you post your story, you also have the option to make it musical. Nothing draws attention quite like a catchy tune. When Instagram first offered this feature, it offered up to fifteen seconds of footage.
A user could post up to four stories at the same time which gave a total run of sixty seconds. Once upon a time, those four stories were broken up. Today, it can run for a full sixty seconds without interruption. With this in mind, there are some pretty cool classic rock tunes that would make great additions to Instagram Stories that are designed to make a lasting impression.
Top 10 Classic Rock Songs For Instagram Stories
#10 – Conqueror (by AI/Lia and Sendra)
Written by Dennis Brown and Winston Boswell, then produced by Sendra, “Conqueror” was a song featured on belonging to the Musical & Live Show “Aria” recording. Among the classic rock songs, this is the newest featured on this list as it was originally a 2018 release. It first appeared as an official music video in 2019 that would explode in popularity once the COVID-19 pandemic had the world in lockdown. After the video was aired, scores of music fans copied the dance moves they saw online and presented videos of their own.
This even includes Instagram Stories that were shared by content creators that ranged from recreational users to professional-level artists. What makes this song an easy pick as among the best songs for Instagram Stories includes the repetitive lyrics that repeat the song’s title over and over again. Not only was this song highly favored for its fast-paced, heavy-hitting beats but the message it delivered. No matter how difficult situations may seem to be, you have the power to conquer them and move on.
“Conqueror” was a song that was translated into at least nine different languages and became a huge hit among fans who have a love for dance music. The voice provider behind the Japanese-based AI performer came from Lia. She is best known for her hit song, “Tori no Uta,” which became the theme for the Japanese visual novel, Air. AI originally got its name from Lia and was the first of the ARIA ON THE PLANETES project. The idea was to make this voice simple and straightforward so that it would be easy to adjust and customize among content creators wanting to create their own AI versions. As the boom of AI-based songs has emerged since then, none have been able to beat the seemingly inconquerable “Conqueror.”
#9 – Pink Houses (by John Cougar Mellencamp)
When creating an Instagram Story that looks something like an advertisement, “Pink Houses” makes a great song choice as a theme. Whether it’s a quick run of actual pink houses or homes decorated in pink, the “check it out” line shared in John Mellencamp’s lyrics serves as the perfect invite for viewers to do just that. “Pink Houses” was released as a single in 1983 from John Mellencamp’s seventh studio album, Uh-Huh, and it peaked as high as number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100.
It was also popular in Canada as it peaked as high as number fifteen. Now, just because it’s titled “Pink Houses” doesn’t mean you have to stick with pink as an Instagram Story theme. Originally, the song was supposed to serve as a lesson about surviving in a nation that constantly deals with political and social issues. “Ain’t that America,” was a line often used by content creators who’ve used Instagram Story as a means to state their own political and social views where the United States is concerned.
#8 – Tiny Dancer (by Elton John)
If a content creator wished to use a great song to show off their dance moves in the form of an Instagram Story, Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” would make a good option. Although there are many great dance hits that would work, if someone wanted something with more elegance, “Tiny Dancer” achieves this better than most. This 1971 classic came from his fourth studio album, Madman Across the Water. What inspired him to write it was the observations he made about the women he met in the United States compared to the women he knew from his home nation, England.
The song was released as a single in 1972 and became one of John’s signature hits. Even though it only charted as high as number forty-one on the US Billboard Hot 100, this was a cult classic in the making that would stand the test of time as one of the best songs ever released. Over time, “Tiny Dancer” became triple platinum with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as well as double platinum with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). In Australia, it was certified platinum seven times. The song was certified gold in Denmark and Italy. As a testament to how timeless “Tiny Dancer” is, it appeared in the music charts again as recently as 2019 when it peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart.
#7 – Legend (by The Score)
Released in 2017 by The Score, “Legend” was a single that peaked as high as number thirty-six on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. It came from the group’s Myths & Legends EP and it became their second RIAA-certified gold single. The first was “Oh My Love,” which was used in an advertising campaign for a supermarket in the UK. It was enough to launch The Score to earn a recording contract with Republic Records.
What makes “Legend” awesome as an Instagram Story song is the positive message it sent for people to be all the best they can be. The unforgettable verse featured “bang, bang” repeatedly before admitting ending with “won’t stop till we’re legend” was catchy enough to be used heavily among go-getters who were getting the hang of making Instagram Stories with their apps. Some still use this song today as a favorite choice when attempting to release a quick slideshow that has some rockin’ power to back it up.
#6 – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)
Although the Arrows were the first to perform “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 1976, it was enough to spark Joan Jett to first cover this song in 1979 then again with the Blackhearts in 1981. Their performance between the guitar riffs and Joan Jett’s anthemic-like performance turned this song into a cult classic. As an Instagram Story, this is an easy material to work with, especially among fans of classic rock and roll music. The 1981 single release became a number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was also a number-one hit among the nations of Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden. This is a song that never gets old and works with video clips as short as a few seconds as a powerful message to send the message of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” home.
#5 – Fame (by David Bowie)
Released as a single in 1975, David Bowie’s “Fame” was a song that focused on the price of stardom that often plagues new recording artists as their lives as private citizens now become public knowledge. From the album, Young Americans, “Fame” became a number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Singles Chart. It peaked as high as number seventeen on the UK Singles Chart. The song was more popular in North America than it was in his home nation. In Canada and the US, “Fame” was also certified gold.
It has since been added to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll and is still highly favored by fans worldwide. As for Instagram Story content, the repetitive “Fame” in various voice pitches makes it easy to use in clips that are as short as fifteen seconds to as long as sixty seconds. If it’s the glam approach a content creator is looking for, “Fame” works. When used as slapstick comedy, it also works. “Fame” is a wonderfully versatile song that offers so many possibilities to work with.
#4 – Thunder (by Imagine Dragons)
“Thunder” was a song released in 2017 by Imagine Dragons from the group’s third studio album, Evolve. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked as high as number four and was at least a top ten hit among the nations of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden. Both the song and the music video made a viral impression as it has since made over four billion views on YouTube alone from at least a few different channels. “Thunder” became a multi-platinum seller worldwide with approximately sixty million copies sold so far. As content for Instagram Stories, it already became a favorite when it was first released. It still is today as the repetitive “Thunder” makes it easy for content creators to create something as short as fifteen seconds in order to get their message across.
#3 – Fun, Fun, Fun (by the Beach Boys)
“Fun, Fun, Fun” by the Beach Boys was the cult classic hit that came from their 1964 album, Shut Down Volume 2. The song was written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson as the two shared the tale of a teenage girl speeding around in her father’s Ford Thunderbird hotrod. For a fast and fun song to work with that has a beachy theme to it, nothing beats a good classic. In the song, the daughter deceived her father into thinking she needed to take his car to go to the library. When he learns she merely took it out for a mischievous joyride instead, he takes the car from her.
On the US Billboard Hot 100, “Fun, Fun, Fun” peaked as high as number five after it was released as a single. It also made an impression as a number six hit in Australia, as well as a number eight hit in New Zealand. Even in Germany, listeners enjoyed the song enough to have it peak as high as number forty-nine. What makes “Fun, Fun, Fun” great musical material as an Instagram Story is how much you can work with it. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be a teenager to do it. If you’re young at heart and have a thing for fast cars and fun, this may be the song for you.
#2 – Life in the Fast Lane (by the Eagles)
Considering you have up to sixty seconds to work with as an Instagram Story, perhaps “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles would make the perfect choice to share what’s on your mind. If it’s a reel of pics with fun in mind, what a great song to work with. Released in 1976 from the band’s fifth studio album, Hotel California, this song became a number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as a number-twelve hit in Canada. In the UK, it sold enough copies to become certified silver.
The song itself shared details of a couple who enjoyed life on the edge. Its title was inspired by a rather speedy ride down a freeway Glenn Frey experienced with an associate whom he felt was driving too fast. Instead of complying, he commented, “It’s life in the fast lane.” As for the development of the song itself, it began when Joe Walsh laid out a guitar riff that triggered the songwriting talent of Frey, as well as fellow frontman, Don Henley. If you want something quick to match the pace of a cool Instagram Story, “Life in the Fast Lane” could be it.
#1 – We Are the Champions (by Queen)
As an Instagram Story celebrating a great accomplishment, “We Are the Champions” by Queen would make a great fit. Whether used as a personal story or as a commercial, “We Are the Champions” makes a proud statement that they’re the best at whatever it was they achieved. The consistent “We are the champions” makes it easy to work with as a clip that lasts anywhere from fifteen to sixty seconds. Since its 1977 release from the group’s sixth studio album, News of the World, “We Are the Champions” has become one of the catchiest and most popular anthems of all time. In 2009, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. If one was to pick a perfect, uplifting song for an Instagram Story, “We Are the Champions” is an impossible one to beat.
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