17 song lyrics perfect for Instagram captions

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17 song lyrics perfect for Instagram captions

Words by Maggie Zhou

Let the musos do the heavy lifting.

The art of mastering an Instagram caption is one that’s hard to perfect. You’ve found your chosen photo for the grid and you’ve gathered your photo dump material, but writing up a witty yet nonchalant caption proves to be another challenge altogether. All the while the blinking cursor mocks you from Instagram’s interface. Sometimes, it’s all too much and you’ll resort to a selection of emojis – I know I have. 

But what if you could lean on many famous songwriters and hit makers to do the work for you? Instead of channelling your inner Shakespeare in 2,200 characters, you can borrow the brains of musicians. They know the power of put-together words. Chuck on your favourite tunes and hit up Spotify’s Lyrics feature to pull the correct lyrics that will do the talking for you. Your hot selfies and post-breakup glow-ups won’t know what hit them. 

With the help of Spotify, I’ve pulled together 17 Instagram-worthy captions.

  1. “Life imitates art” – Lana Del Rey’s ‘Gods And Monsters’

A bit on the nose, but lean into the voyeuristic nature of social media with one of Lana’s Tumblr girl lyrics.

  1. “Darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream” – Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’

Revenge ‘fit on, Taylor Swift caption at the ready. Blondie knows a thing or two about breakups, so I’m following her lead. 

  1. “Nobody really likes us except for us” – Drake’s ‘6 God’

Perfect for a friend group photo, this tongue-in-cheek caption is an ode to self-awareness. 

  1. “Come on Barbie / Let’s go party” – Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’

Plastic might not be fantastic, but Barbie sure can party.

  1. “It’s brutal out here” – Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Brutal’

In unfortunate news, this lyric works for almost anything in these dire times. $8 iced lattes? Public transport delays? Crappy first date? It really is brutal.

  1. “I’m out of luck, but I still got hope” – Rina Sawayama’s ‘Forgiveness’

Miss Rina doesn’t only serve hot beats, but her lyrics prove to be worth gold when mining for Instagram captions. 

  1. “The devil doesn’t wear Prada / I’m clearly in a white tee” – Tyler the Creator’s ‘Goblin’

Miranda Priestly, move over. Tyler’s songwriting is a seamless fit for when you too are donning a white t-shirt.

  1. “All’s well that ends well to end up with you” – Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ 

There is a version of Taylor Swift for every mood. Here’s one for when you’re feeling loved up.

  1. “Only time I drive slow is for the paparazzi” – Powers Pleasant’s ‘Pull Up’

For best results, accompany this with your best series of ‘candid’ outfit photos. 

  1. “We’ve been doing all this late-night talking” – Harry Styles’ ‘Late Night Talking’

When nighttime falls, pull out this Harry line. Flash, film photography on Instagram is a bonus. 

  1. “The best you ever had is just a memory” – Arctic Monkeys ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ 

The closest we’ve got to reliving memories is by looking back at all the photos and videos we’ve taken. Take this as your sign to post that photo dump. 

  1. “24-hour champagne diet” – Drake’s ‘Money To Blow’ 

Boozin’ for a cruisin’. 

  1. “We are living in a material world and I am a material girl” – Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’

Want to show off your new purchase? Hit up Madonna for some inspiration. 

  1. “Let’s get lost inside the clouds” – Mac Miller’s ‘Dunno’

Pair this lyric with a sappy couple photo (I’ll allow it). 

  1. “Red lipstick, rose petals, heartbreak” – Rihanna’s ‘Love Without Tragedy’

A little bit mysterious, a little bit suggestive; Rihanna knows how to play it cool.

  1. “You’ve become my favourite sin” – Ariana Grande’s ‘Bad Decisions’  

Being coy can be cute. Soft launch, anyone? 

  1. “I thought I was dreaming when you said you love me” – Frank Ocean’s ‘Ivy’

Lovey-dovey Instagram posts are encouraged when Frank Ocean is involved (just don’t tell Omar Apollo).

For more Instagram caption inspiration, seek out Spotify’s Lyrics feature.

This article was made in partnership with Spotify.