The best Royalty FREE music sites


Are you looking for the perfect music for your online video project? Music can make or break your video, so take your time to find the right tune. If you put your endproduct online there are some rules you need to apply to. After all, you don’t want YouTube to take it down because of a music copyright violation or to get into legal problems.

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If you are looking for free, legal music for your online videos, look no further… I have made a list of the best sites for finding royalty free music for your online videos.

Please note that any prices or terms mentioned in this article can be changed in the meanwhile by the supplier. This article was published on 03/11/2017 and has not updated ever since.

Before you visit any of these sites, please make sure that you fully understand the concept of Creative Commons license you can read all about it on Wikipedia.

1. YouTube Audio Library

This is a huge library of free-to-use and royalty free music and sound effect.
Some websites claim that there are more than 150.000 audio files available for you to download in the Youtube Audio Library. Although some music sounds like it’s made by a 12 year old on a cheap synthesizer, some tracks actually sound pretty good! The music can be used on commercial and monetized videos. Most of the music doesn’t require any attribution to the creator, but if you see an attribution-required icon next to a track, make sure to credit the original artist in your video description.

2. Audio Jungle

Audio jungle
Part of the Envato market and my main source for all my commercial projects. At the moment of writing this article Audiojungle has 489,982 songs in store. as far as I know, this is the biggest source for royalty free music. They also got some really cool SFX (sound effects).
Based on the ‘ Music standard’ license (good enough for Youtube or Vimeo) some songs are priced at $1, but most tracks can be bought for $8 -$15.

TIP: Each month they provide a free song, so check in every month for the freebies!

3. Soundotcom


A fast growing royalty free music library. New artists are coming every month and they always have new and fresh music content.
Compared to other audio stocks they have no variety of different and complicated licenses. Just one commercial, unlimited, lifetime, all media, license at one price, $25 without additional costs. This license will allow you to use media tracks purchased from SOUNDOTCOM whenever you want and for as long as you need.
One track purchased from SOUNDOTCOM can be used for an unlimited number of multimedia projects and copies. You are allowed to use the purchased track at the same time for commercial video, radio podcast, business presentations, etc. No matter where, no matter how, and no matter how long. Don’t forget to use the 10% discount code ‘ORANGE83’!

4. Soundcloud

The place for a lot of unknown artists that produce the most incredible tracks. Some artists advertise with royalty free music which you can use in your videos, but they want credits for their work in the video description or outro. One of the best examples I found is DJ Qauds, he is awesome! Even if an artist does not actively advertises with the usage of his/her music in movies, you can always contact a user if you like their content. Tell them what would be the benefit of providing you the license to use the music, and my experience is that they will collaborate since they also benefit from it (Free advertisement!)
TIP: Check this Soundcloud page:

Here you can buy a complete pack with some good (and some shitty) royalty free songs, which also include music from Alan Walker.

5. Moby Gratis

“This site is a resource for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.”
Can’t explain it more clear than this line on the Moby Gratis website. This site contains 150 masterpieces of the well known artist Moby. If you are making a non-profit movie, or if you are a student, you should definitely check this out.

6. Sound stripe

This is the new kid on the block. They offer a great deal: “ Unlimited Music for Filmmakers. $10/month.” You can use the music on any commercial product. You can cancel your subscription anytime. Definitely worth to check out!

7. BenSound

A FREE source for royalty free music based on the Creative commons License. “ You can use for free my music licensed under the Creative Commons License in your multimedia project (online videos, websites, animations, etc.) as long as you credit me with a link to my Website”

If you don’t want to credit Bensound in your project, you can also buy a PRO license.

8. Free Music Archive

Free music archive
Freemusicarchive is a huge source for royalty free music, primarily based on the creative commons license. Music is sorted by genre. It’s a quick responding minimalistic website, which makes browsing for the right music very easy. Make sure you understand the rules, and check if you can use music for your video on this page.

This is it for now, I will add more similar sites to this list in the future.

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