Suggestions for Instrumental Music to Use in Slideshows

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A list of 15 pieces of instrumental music that are perfect to use as background music in slideshows.

Music by Genre

If you are looking for some suggestions on what kind of instrumental music to use in slideshows, you have come to the right place. This article will provide you with a list of music by genre that you can use.


Pop is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. The terms “popular music” and “pop music” are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many diverse styles. “Pop” and “rock” were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.

Generally, rock is a heavier, guitar-based genre while pop is softer and more vocal-based. Pop also incorporates other styles of music, including funk, soul, R&B, hip hop, disco, and electronic dance music. While pop is often associated with top 40 radio formats, there is a wide variety of pop music that doesn’t necessarily fit that format.


Instrumental rock was most popular between the late 1950s and early 1970s, with bands such as the Shadows, Dick Dale and the Chantays scoring big hits. Surf music also relied heavily on instrumental rock tracks. Some of the best-known examples include ” Pipeline” by the Chantays, ” Wipe Out” by the Surfaris and ” Apache” by the Shadows.


Country music is a genre of American popular music that originated in the rural regions of the Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music. Country music often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, pedal steel guitars, fiddles, and harmonicas.

Common themes in country music include love, loss, heartbreak, determination, freedom, and faith.


Classical music is often considered the most Serious of all music genres, and its performers and composers are usually held in high esteem by society. Because of its long History, classical music encompasses a wide range of styles and genres, from the early Baroque period to the modern 21st century.

During the Baroque period (1600-1750), composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel wrote pieces that are still performed today. The Classical period (1750-1820) saw the birth of great symphonies, concertos, and sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Josef Haydn.

The Romantic period (1820-1910) was characterized by emotions and expressive melodies, as seen in the works of Frederic Chopin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms, and Gustav Mahler. In the 20th century, classical music became increasingly experimental, with atonal works by Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg gaining popularity. Minimalist composers such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich also gained notoriety in this era.

With so many different styles to choose from, there’s sure to be a type of classical music that you’ll enjoy!

Music by Mood

When choosing music for a slideshow, it’s important to consider the mood you want to set. Uplifting, happy songs are good for vacation slideshows and slideshows about happy memories. For more serious slideshows, like a graduation slideshow, you might want to choose a song with a slower, more reflective mood.


Whether you’re looking for something to accompany slideshows of vacations, birthdays, weddings, or other happy occasions, we’ve got you covered with our list of upbeat instrumental songs! You can listen to these songs for free, and download them in MP3 format for use in your next project.

-“Aurora” by Unheard Music Concepts
-“Beach Party” by Bensound
-“Carefree” by Kevin MacLeod
-“Cheery Monday” by Kevin MacLeod
-“Everything’s Alright (Instrumental)” by Jeremy Michael Ward
– “Funky Suspense” by Bensound
-“Happy Adventure (Instrumental)” by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions
-“Happy Feelings” by Bensound
-“Happy Happy Game Show” by Kevin MacLeod
-“Happiness Overdose (Instrumental)” By Andreas Toft-Nielsen/I am not a robot Music


There are all sorts of reasons you might want to choose instrumental music for a Slideshow, perhaps the most common being that you want to create a sentimental mood. Maybe it’s a collection of family photos or a montage of childhood memories. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for music to match the mood, here are some great suggestions.

“Aloha Ia O Waiana” by Ledward Kaapana
This beautiful Hawaiian song is perfect for creating a sentimental mood. The gentle ukulele and soft vocals will transport you to a place of peace and happiness.

” Sunset in Honolulu” by Charles Bud Dant
Another great choice for setting a sentimental mood, this track features the beautiful sounds of Hawaiian steel guitar and Slack Key guitar. The perfect choice for any Slideshow set in paradise.

“Memories of Home” by Stephen Houghton
If you’re looking for something with a little more emotion, this track is perfect. It features piano, violin, and cello, and is sure to tug at your heartstrings.

Whatever mood you’re trying to create, there’s sure to be an instrumental song that’s perfect for your Slideshow. So don’t be afraid to experiment and find the one that fits just right.


If you’re looking for some relaxing music to use in a slideshow, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite pieces of instrumental music that are perfect for slideshows with a calming or soothing mood.

– “Aloha Ia O Waiana” by Ledward Kaapana
– “Be Still My Soul” by David Nevue
– “Blues After Hours” by Pee Wee Crayton
– “Concerto for Violin, String and Harpsichord in C R. 190 I. Allegro” by Antonio Vivaldi
– “Dreams” by Koji Kondo
– “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K. 525 II. Romanza Andante” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
– “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven
– “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg
– “La Donna è Mobile” by Giuseppe Verdi
– “Lullaby” by Johannes Brahms
– “Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin
– “Moonlight Sonata – Adagio Sostenuto” by Ludwig van Beethoven
– “Nocturne in E Flat Major Op. 9 No. 2” by Frédéric Chopin
– “Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor Op. 27 No. 2 Moonlight – Adagio Sostenuto


If you’re looking for music to get your heart pumping and your energy up, you can’t go wrong with rock. Rock instrumentals are perfect for slideshows with an edge, whether they’re about extreme sports or fashion. For a more classic rock sound, try instrumentals by The Who or Led Zeppelin. If you want something a little heavier, go for Metallica or Stone Sour.

If rock isn’t your thing, you can also try electronic dance music (EDM). EDM is all about getting people moving, so it’s perfect for an energetic slideshow. Skrillex and Porter Robinson are both great choices for EDM instrumentals.

Music by Era

If you are looking for ideas of what instrumental music to use in slideshows, a great place to start is by choosing music from a specific era. This will help to set the mood and tone of your slideshow. For example, if you are creating a slideshow about World War II, you may want to choose music from the 1940s.


Here are some suggested pieces of instrumental music from the 1950s-1960s that would be perfect to use in slideshows:

– “A Taste of Honey” by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
– “The Lonely Bull” by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
– “Green Onions” by Booker T. & The MGs
– “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum
– “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
– “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
– “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes
– “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” by The Righteous Brothers


Some of the most popular and well-known instrumental songs from the 1970s and 1980s include:

-A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum
-Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
-Concerto for Violin, String and Harpsichord in C R. 190 I. Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
-Theme from Chariots of Fire by Vangelis
-Rondo Alla Turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Popular songs from the 1990s and early 2000s.
-A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
-Wonderwall by Oasis
-Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls
-Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
-My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion


The 2010s were a decade of transition in the music industry. The rise of streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music led to a drastic decrease in sales of physical albums, and CD sales continued to decline. However, there was an increase in the number of people attending live music performances, and ticket sales remained strong.

There were several musical genres that emerged or became popular in the 2010s, including indie pop, EDM, trap, and hip hop. The 2010s also saw a return to popularity for some older styles of music, like disco and classic rock.

If you’re looking for some good instrumental music to use in a slideshow set in the 2010s, here are some suggestions:

-The xx – “Intro”
-M83 – “Midnight City”
-Disclosure – “Latch (feat. Sam Smith)”
-Katy Perry – “Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)”
-Daft Punk – “Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)”
-Avicii – “Wake Me Up”

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