Complete List of Royalty Free Music for YouTube Videos
Hi everyone! As a YouTuber I always need to constantly be looking for new songs for my videos. I usually include a tune in the beginning and end of my videos, or sometimes just at the end. It depends on the style I want to give the video. But you just can't grab a popular song from a famous singer because most likely it is copyrighted.
In this blog post I share my go-to sites to get free songs for my videos. I have compiled a list of sites where I get my royalty free music and still monetize my videos without any worries. If you make videos too I know you can relate when you add a song to your YouTube video to later find out you can't monetize it because it is copyrighted. In the beginning I had a hard time always finding creative commons songs to use on my videos so I want to share my list with you...
FYI: A few things to know about free music...
- Creative Commons - Creative Commons is a set of licenses which automatically give you permission to do various things, such as reuse and distribute the content. For more info read it here.
- The composition itself - a song’s music and lyrics, apart from any particular recording of that composition. This copyright is owned by the songwriter and/or publisher.
- The sound recording - a particular recorded version of a musical composition. This copyright is owned by the recording artist and/or label.
- Most free music sites will require to give credit back or make a small donation.
- You can monetize your videos with royalty free music.
List of royalty free music for YouTube videos...
As soon as you land on the home page you are welcomed with a list of genres, and moods you can choose from. You can select different choices and click search to find the song that you're looking for.
AudioPad - A YouTube channel that hosts their music on YouTUbe and profies links to free MP3 downloads.
Audio Library - No Copyright Music
This is another channel I found not too long ago. No Copyright Music is a YouTube channel and they have genres like: pop music, alternative & punk music, ambient music, children's music, and more.
Bensound (Free/ Paid)
I recently found Bensound and I can't remember how I came across it but Bensound offers a variety of songs in different categories like: cinematic, electronica, funky, and more. Bensound is run by single artist, and most of the songs are free but some you will have to pay.
Canvai is a twenty something year old guy that produces music. On his channel you can find electro, progressive, house, and chill wave music I really like his style and I used one of his song's in my most popular video.
Copyright Free Music
Copyright Free Music is a YouTube channel that is updated daily. Their video thumbnails consists of anime images. They have a lot of dubstep songs.
Copyright Free Network
Copyright Free Network (CFN) is a YouTube channel with plenty of songs to choose from. Their songs are mostly dubstep, and house. You can also check out their Copyright Free Network SoundCloud account.
Free Music Archive
You can find background music for your videos with Free Music Archive. With Free Music Archive you can find different genres like: Rock, pop, ambient, cinematic, dance & electronic, country& folk, jazz & blues, hip hop & rap, classical, reggae, R&B & soul. One of my favorite artists is Broke For Free.
Free Music Wave
Free Music Wave is a YouTube channel with single songs and with one hour song version. They also share top 10 song mixes. They have electronic, house, vocals, and trap free music.
Free Songs to Use
I love Free Songs to Use (FSTU). They have a YouTube channel and also a Free Songs to Use SoundCloud account. I like many of their songs that they have in their house, and dubstep playlists.
Heroboard has a no copyright music YouTube channel. Here you can find a mixture of songs: ambient, chill, cinematic, orchestral, electronic, and much more.
I think this is one of the most well known music sites in the YouTube community. This is the first music site I started using when I didn't know of any other. Tons of YouTubers us this site to find songs. Incompetech was created by Kevin MacLeod. This site has a handy search bar and you can search by Feel, Tempo, Genre, and Length of song. Don't forget to credit back if you use a song.
Josh Woodward is a musician who offers a lot of guitar, soft rock songs. Good resource for acoustic and pop rock music. Just make sure to credit back.
No Copyright Music
Ben Rousse created No Copyright Music YouTube channel. He doesn't post as often, but has a large following. His songs are mostly dubstep.
No Copyright Sounds
No Copyright Sounds (NCS) is another YouTube channel that I check often. They have free songs in the following genres: house, dubstep, trap, and drumstep. You can also check out their No Copyrights Sounds official site.
Twin Musicom is a free music portfolio. This site doesn't have a lot of songs but all of them are free. You can search for songs by selecting genres, moods, or enter text to find songs.
Purple Planet has royalty free music. They separate their songs by category and I have found some cute songs for Little Lyn's channel. I only wish they had more songs to offer.
YouTube Audio Library
The handy-dandy YouTube audio library. At first I didn't like most of their songs, and I felt like it wasn't my taste but not long ago they updated their music library and I like it. My favorite artist is Vibe Tracks.
Royalty Free Music (you have to pay)
FYI: Just because it says it's royalty free music it doesn't necessarily means it's completely free. With some sites you have to pay a small fee to gain access to a particular song.
AudioMirco is a stock audio library. In this site you can find royalty free music, sound effects, loops packs, and more. You can browse through their 52 genres of royalty free music, and 46 categories of sound effects for the perfect audio to fit your video needs. They even have big clients like Microsoft, Discovery Channel, CBS, Cisco, Random House, and more.
Fairly new to me, Audio Jungle is a popular site that has a huge selection of professional music tracks. Premium songs are available for a low price.
Jamendo Music is an independent music community. You can discover new indie artists, and it has unlimited free streaming & download.
Music Bed is a beautiful site that has some fantastic audio tracks from talented artists. Great choice for cinematic videos.
Pond5 has a variety of things to use like footage, music, sound fx, after effects, images and 3d models. A monthly membership fee is required.
Free Sound Effects
Soundible has free sound effects. They have many sound clips and you can easily find what you're looking for when you insert text in the search box. I used this site to find the wind sound effect for my LynSire YouTube channel trailer.
Other sites where you can find sound effects but you have to pay: SoundSnap, and SoundDogs.
I hope you find this music list useful. If you have liked this list of royalty free music you can pin the main image or bookmark this page! Do you have any music sites that you like? Let me know! For more YouTube help check out my Resources page. Until next time :))
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