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Where to Find Royalty-Free Music for Video

With today’s content marketing strategies, it is a MUST that you get into video! Video is the most popular medium among marketers. It is also the most appreciated medium among customers, as 90% of them declare that watching a video has a significant impact on their decision to which they are willing or not to buy a product.

Creating video content should be at the core of your marketing strategy. And, as the standard quality for video is increasing due to the popularity and the hard competition on YouTube, for example, you need to be using the best tools to produce content that will be most effective in today’s environment.

When it comes to video making, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced filmmaker, one of the biggest challenges is finding high-quality, royalty-free music for your videos.


What is Royalty-Free Music?

First off, it might be necessary to define and understand royalty-free music. To keep it simple, royalty-free music is a licensing that allows the buyer to pay for the music license only once. The buyer can then use the music for as many productions as they want.


To clarify, royalty-free music doesn’t mean that the music is free. It means that you pay for it once. After that payment, you can use that royalty-free music on any production, for as long as you want, no matter if your video makes 1,000 views or 6 million.

The fact that you might need to pay for royalty-free music depends on the licensing. The license depends on the artist, and it is what determines whether or not you need to buy the piece of music you plan on using or not.

Without getting into too many details, we’re just going to cover the most common types of licensing when it comes to finding music for a video.

Public domain:

Public domain is music that does not have a copyright and that you can use for free without asking for any authorization for use. While most classical music is free to use, sometimes the recording of it might not be. In our case, what matters is whether or not the recording can be used for free or not. That means you should be careful if you’re using an old song or a song that was composed decades ago because while the score might be in the public domain, the recording might be under a paid-license. Always make sure to do your research on the recording that you plan on using and not on the composition.

Creative commons:

This one is slightly technical because while the license is free, it is the author of the music that determines if their music can be used, copied, and so on. However, usually, songs under creative commons can be used as long as there is no profit spirit behind the use of their music (such as reproduction and sales of the music directly), and as long as the author of the music is credited somewhere. In that case, you only have to make sure that you are attributing the music to the right author.

Now that you know a little more about royalty-free music let’s dive in to several platforms where you can find some for your videos!


18 Websites Where You Can Find Royalty-Free Music for Your Videos


#1 – dig.ccmixter

( http://dig.ccmixter.org )
ccmixter site screenshot

Dig.ccmixter is a free platform where you can find Creative Commons music uploaded by artists directly. The selection is huge, but it may take time to find the right piece as the filters don’t allow you to sort the music by genre or tempo, for example.

  • Licensing: Creative Commons, free for commercial use
  • Price: Free, donations are accepted and encouraged


#2 – Incompetech

( https://incompetech.com/music/ )
incompetech screenshot image

Incompetech has quite a large selection of royalty-free music. You can sort it by genre, artists, topics, or keywords. In Incompetech you can also find sound effects and more experimental tracks, which can add a bit of originality to your projects.

  • Licensing: Creative Commons, free for commercial use
  • Price: Free, $20 a song for high-quality files and no attribution required


#3 – Freepd

( https://freepd.com )
freepd music& sound - site preview

Don’t be fooled but the old-school, straightforward design of that website. Freepd offers a broad selection of royalty-free music that you can use however you want. All the rights and instructions are clearly stated on the site. Even though the collection is good, filters and categories aren’t precise enough: you will have to dig and listen to a lot of tracks to find the one that matches your production.

  • Licensing: Creative Commons
  • Free: Free, or up to $20 for WAV and MP3 files of all songs on the website


#4 – Soundcloud

( https://soundcloud.com/search/sounds )
soundcloud music& sound - site preview

You have probably already heard of Soundcloud. This popular platform is full of Creative Commons tracks that you can use for your video. The amount of music on this site is gigantic, and some artists allow the download of their tracks directly. You can browse tracks by artists, genres, keywords. In a way, Soundcloud works like a standard social media platform. Licenses are indicated under each track to minimize confusion.

  • Licensing: Creative Commons
  • Price: Free, and $4.99 per month for an ad-free experience.


#5 – Musopen

( https://musopen.org )
musopen music& sound - site preview

Musopen is run by a non-profit to make music education more accessible. You will find royalty-free music, as well as free sheet music and free access to music education apps. With its simple interface, you can look for music by period, artist, instrument, or form which will help you find a piece that suits your needs. This site is ideal for a more classical, formal piece of music. For more upbeat, electronic, and experimental tracks, you may want to try a different website.

  • Licensing: Royalty-free, public domain
  • Price: Free with limited quality and downloads, up to $55 per year for high quality and unlimited downloads

#6 – Tunefruit

( https://www.tunefruit.com )
Tunefruit music& sound - site preview

Tunefruit is the chosen platform of many big companies such as T-Mobile or JWT. Tunefruit allows you to purchase music by the track. The price depends on the license you’re looking for. What that means is that it will be more for a TV ad during the Super-bowl than for a YouTube video.

  • Licensing: All you can ask for
  • Price: You pay per track, the amount depends on how you plan to use the video


#7 – Beatpick

( http://www.beatpick.com/player/index )
Beatpick music& sound - site preview

While this website is not the most desirable looking, they do provide licenses for big companies such as Mercedes Benz and 20th Century Fox. They provide a lot of filters to find the perfect music for your videos, such as the mood, the genre, the language, the tempo, and more. So far on our list, Beatpick has the best search features yet.

  • Licensing: All you can ask for
  • Price: You pay per track, the amount depends on how you plan to use the video


#8 – Epidemic Sound

( https://www.epidemicsound.com )
Epidemic sound music& sound - site preview

If you watch a lot of content on Youtube, there is a high chance that the background music used comes from Epidemic Sound. Epidemic Sound has a lot of filters for you to choose the perfect track for your project. You can combine different filters to find tracks that match your particular needs. Most tracks are modern and well produced. There is also particularly close attention on curation from the Epidemic Sound team.

  • Licensing: Royalty-free, Creative Commons
  • Price: From $15 per month, with a free 30-day trial


#9 – Artilist.io

( http://artlist.io )
Artlist.io music& sound - site preview

Artlist has a broad selection of music from a lot of different genres. If you don’t have a specific idea of the music you’re looking for yet, or if your different projects need very different music in terms of style, Artlist is the place to go. You can’t apply several filters, unfortunately, but overall the navigation on the website is great and fast, which makes digging for the perfect track a breeze.

  • Licensing: Royalty-free, Creative Commons
  • Price: From $16.60 per month


#10 – Bedtracks

( http://www.bedtracks.com/home )
Beat pick music& sound - site preview

Bedtracks curates the best music from creators around the world. Not only can you buy the music, but you can also buy the sheet music and track by track versions of the song you’re purchasing. Bedtracks focuses on quality and personalization. They are easy to reach out to on their website and state that they will do their best to find the perfect track for you. It is also worth pointing out that their filtering options are incredibly detailed and precise; finding the exact track you need is so easy!

  • Licensing: All you can ask for
  • Price: You pay per track, the amount depends on how you plan to use the video


#11 – Bensound

( https://www.bensound.com )

Bensound music& sound - site preview

Bensound lets the artist put the artwork on their music. While that doesn’t seem like much, it can help you visualize the song and what the music might be about. You can filter your search by genre to help you find the right track. While the catalog is quite furnished, it is not as complete as a lot of previous sites, but the ease of use and the free tracks (for non-commercial use only) will fulfill your need of a backing track for a Youtube video.

  • Licensing: Creative Commons, pro license
  • Price: Free for non-commercial use, from $34 for a high-quality, commercial use of a track


#12 – Amazon

( https://www.amazon.com/Royalty-Free-Music/ )
Amazon music& sound - site preview

Yes, Amazon has a music streaming service on which you can find royalty-free music to purchase. On Amazon, you buy by the album. It works just like a streaming platform, you enter keywords, and then you have to manually dig to find what you like. While the royalty-free music resource is a little limited, Amazon has a ton of albums full of sound-effects and VFX, which can be handy for your videos.

  • Licensing: Creative Commons, royalty-free
  • Price: Depends on the album you’re buying


#13 – Youtube

( https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/ )
Youtube music& sound - site previewYoutube does have a limited selection of royalty-free music and sound effects that you can download and use in your Youtube videos. This is an ideal solution if you are only posting on Youtube, and if you don’t want to mess with the struggle of digging on another website or pay for a subscription. There are not a lot of options, but it covers the basics. It can be worth checking out if you are looking for something comfortable and foundational.

  • Licensing: Royalty-free
  • Price: Free


#14 – PublicDomain4U

( https://publicdomain4u.com )

Public domain 4u music& sound - site preview

The name is quite self-explanatory, Publicdomain4U shares tracks that are under public domain. That means that you can use all the music for free without asking for any authorization whatsoever. You can also modify the music to your liking. You don’t have to credit the author. It is yours.

  • Licensing: Public domain
  • Price: Free


#15 – AudioJungle

( https://audiojungle.net )

Audiojungle music& sound - site preview

AudioJungle has an impressive, large catalog of royalty-free music that you can buy. The music comes from artists and sound engineers. The quality of the music and sound effects are excellent and compared to similar sites where you buy per track, AudioJungle starts at only $1 per track.

  • Licensing: All you can ask for
  • Price: You pay per track, the amount depends on how you plan to use the video, from $1 per track


#16 – PremiumBeat

( https://www.premiumbeat.com )

Premiumbeat music& sound - site preview

PremiumBeat curates the best music and sorts it by genres, moods, and tempo. PremiumBeat has nice filter options that allow you to find the right track for your project. Or, you can use more advanced filters such as selecting tracks with Stems (so that you can remove instruments or tracks from the original song) or tracks that include loops.

  • Licensing: Royalty-free
  • Price: $49 per track


#17 – Audioblocks

( https://www.audioblocks.com/)
Audioblocks music& sound - site preview

On Audioblocks, you can look for the perfect track by mood, instrument, or genre. Once you enroll for the paid membership, you can use the downloaded tracks for whatever project that you have, and you have the right to use the tracks forever. This is a sweet deal if you are planning on using these tracks for an extended period of time on several media outlets.

  • Licensing: Creative Commons, royalty-free
  • Price: From $8.25 per month for limited downloads


#18 – Jamendo

( https://www.jamendo.com )

Jamendo music& sound - site preview

Jamendo is both a platform for independent artists and a platform for royalty-free music. You buy per track, and the price depends on the license you’re paying for. The music on Jamendo is a lot less dull than on other platforms. Jamendo pushes independent artists to publish on their platform. The result is that the songs are more artistic and less polished to please the masses.

  • Licensing: All you can ask for
  • Price: You pay per track, the amount depends on how you plan to use the video, from $49 per track


Royalty-Free Music with Magisto


Magisto is a video creation platform available on the web and mobile app, that allows you to create simple videos for social media in a variety of formats (square, landscape, and portrait). You can start from scratch with your footage and content, or you can pick a ready-made video template to customize.

Once your video is ready, you can choose your music directly on the app by selecting from one of the 750+ royalty-free songs available in our music library. The best part? We even have recommended music for each of our editing styles that was hand picked by our music team to help fit the mood of your video.

The royalty-free music is available when you sign up for our Professional plan, which is $9.99 per month and gives you plenty of options to edit and customize your videos.

Choosing music directly from Magisto makes the creation process a breeze! This way, you don’t have to sign up for a different website or bother with another subscription service, you have everything handy and ready to go all within the same app, with the same plan.

Make it legal

Before you incorporate any of these tunes into your project, you should always check the fine print of any music you use to make sure you’re abiding by their license. Whether it’s free, or you paid for it, it’s always important to remember that when choosing any song, please double check and make sure you’re abiding by the license terms restrictions attached to that track and following any applicable laws. Music licensing is ever-changing, complex terrain to navigate.  Depending on how you use the music, you may need multiple licenses (one for a public performance, another for synchronization, for example). If you’re ever fuzzy or in doubt, always err on the side of caution and consult an attorney for legal advice surrounding your video’s music needs.