There are all kinds of reasons to make a video montage. Maybe you hit an insane clip in the latest Battle Royale, want to celebrate an old vacation, or perhaps you want to make a tribute to a loved one. In this article, we’ll give you 25 of the best songs to use for montages and cover the different types of montages you might want to make.
1. If You Wait – London Grammar
If You Wait was released on the 2013 album of the same name by the pop band London Grammar. The song contains a beautiful melody and works incredibly well for tribute montages. One of the unexpected things about the song is that it can work as both a positive and a negative, whether you’re saying goodbye to someone forever or sending them away for a while.
2. Gang gang – Badda TD
Gang Gang is one of the best songs to use for any kind of gaming montage. It’s all about shooting, but the beats on the song are easy to line up with gunshots in-game, making it an ideal selection for that elimination montage you’ve put together.
3. Sicko Mode – Travis Scott
Sicko Mode and its many remixes are some of the most popular songs for gaming montages. The slow buildup works as an introduction, but the song has sharp bass beats that can sync up easily with important moments of your gaming clips. While five minutes (the official version feat. Drake) is a bit long for a clip montage, it’s worth your time to sample the song.
4. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
Eye of the Tiger has been a hype song since it was released in 1982. It’s a great gym song but makes an even better entrance song on a hype video or for your workout montage video. Remixes of the song are also readily available with different styles to suit your needs.
5. Stronger – Kanye West
“Work it, make it, do it, makes us harder, better, faster, stronger.” At this point, you could call Stronger by Kanye West an old song, but it’s still a solid choice for montages. The song has been continually sampled by other artists and is itself a sample. The opening vocals are a sample of Harder Better Faster Stronger by Daft Punk.
6. It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus) – Arcade Fire
This one starts off with a funky electronic beat that lends itself to video montages. When the song opens up about a minute-and-a-half in, it adds guitar chords that add depth. You can use the whole thing or sample lyric less sections for your montage.
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7. Go Rest High On That Mountain – Vince Gill
This definitely isn’t a hype montage song for your no-scope, but it is a great montage song. It’s also the one that was used during at least one of my great-grandmother’s funerals. The song is a beautiful way to say goodbye to someone you were close to and also a bit of a prayer that they find the peace they deserve.
8. Whoopty (Robert Cristian Remix) – CJ
Whoopty was released in July 2020 and was the debut self-release for American rapper CJ. It’s easily one of the most popular montage songs for gaming, and it gets used for TikTok videos as well. Warner Bros. re-released the song after he eventually went on to sign with the studio.
9. Road So Far – TonyZ
Road So Far has a funky beat with plenty of harder-hitting notes that you can sync up well with moments and clips in a montage. The song also contains no lyrics, so you won’t need to work around them or try to look for an instrumental version.
10. Habibi (Albanian Remix) – DJ Gimi-O, Ricky Rich, & Dardan
Habibi is another song that starts out pretty slow and leads into a buildup and beat drop. It also has large, high-energy sections without lyrics that are perfect for sampling and adding to a video montage. It’s very popular for gaming ones, but you can use it elsewhere.
11. Celebration – Kool & the Gang
Look, this is one of the most overplayed songs in the history of music. Does that make it a bad song for a video montage? Absolutely not. Consider Celebration if you’re looking to do a cheesy montage or you’re making one for a family member graduating from school.
12. Best Day Of My Life – American Authors
American Authors really put out a great song with this upbeat, happy, and celebratory song. It’s all about having an awesome day and is a great song for a video montage of someone who’s out there achieving their goals.
13. Through The Rain – Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey’s Through the Rain is a powerful song about overcoming whatever challenges come. It’s a slower-tempo song that works well as either a celebration of life choice or one for graduation, as long as you choose pictures and clips for it appropriately, of course.
14. My Best Friend – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
One of my personal favorites for a video montage of you and your significant other. Tim and Faith duet the song beautifully and this song sees consistent use as a wedding slideshow song and one for anniversaries and big moments in your lives together.
15. Bazanji – Fed Up
Fed Up starts out very quiet and builds to an explosion where Bazanji jumps in with his rant about being fed up with everything. It’s a great way to intro into a section of clips and then play them back to back, with a beat that lends itself really well to any kind of hype montage.
16. Thotties – Pear Lindsay
Thotties is a popular montage song, both for its beat and its length. The two-and-a-half-minute song is right about the perfect length for any kind of montage you can come up with.
17. Falling – Trevor Daniel
Falling has a great beat and rhythm to it that make it a solid song to use in many kinds of montages. It was originally released in 2018 and honestly is the perfect song for anyone who’s had major relationship issues before but wants to find something better going forward.
18. 1, 2, 3, 4 – Plain White T’s
1, 2, 3, 4 has a folksy, happy tone to it that evokes the same retrospective feeling as the next song. This one though works perfectly in video tributes for your kids or loved ones, especially if you’re saying goodbye to them for a while.
19. Good Riddance – Green Day
Good Riddance is a great, retrospective song that will bring you back to your glory days. It’s all about the passage of time and how things change in unexpected ways, but it hopes that it all went well and you made good memories to look back on.
20. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
The electronic-disco tune of Get Lucky is an amazing song choice if you’re looking to add a funky party kind of vibe to your video montage. The lyrics in the chorus are also perfect if you’re doing a gaming montage of lucky moments you managed to pull off.
21. You’re The Inspiration – Chicago
If you happen to be doing a tribute to someone who’s impacted your life, it’s hard to go wrong with You’re The Inspiration by Chicago. It’s one of those songs that puts words to your feelings if you’re having a hard time with them and works for any kind of relationship, really.
22. Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
Let’s Get It Started is one of those classic dance songs that also works well for a video montage, especially if you’re doing a longer one and want to open with a song that’s easy to transition from.
23. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Again, this one is probably a bit overused in the montage and home video genre, but it’s still a great song. The Time of My Life is just a simple classic that’s also instantly recognizable and will work well for any tribute to a significant other as you look back on your history together.
24. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Journey produced one of the best karaoke and montage songs, Don’t Stop Believin’, and if you don’t believe me on that one, play it at the local bar and see how many people start singing along. It has a good message of never giving up, but it’s also worthy of an old-school montage video.
25. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
This song is on here for one reason and one reason only: you can absolutely rick-roll your audience with it. Place the classic Rick Astley video of him dancing in the middle of the montage to get some laughs, or use the audio any time you have a funny section of the video to add some extra enhancement.
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