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Finding free music for video editing doesn’t have to be hard. This list includes a number of the top sources on the internet for finding royalty-free, creative commons music.
You can sort by genre, style, album, or artist to find the best background music and sound effects to use in your videos, podcasts, and creative projects!
Are we missing any? Leave a comment below if you know of any other great sites to find free music for use in videos.
The Youtube Audio Library is an easy way to browse and download free music for your videos. Youtube also has a tool allowing you to check ANY music in your videos to see the copyright policies.
How to Find Free Music on Soundcloud
Soundcloud is one of the largest music sites in the world. Many creators choose to upload music that is both free and cleared for commercial use. Using the Soundcloud search filters, you can find free background music for your videos.
Search for a type of music such as ‘ambient’ or ‘background music’.
Click enter and select ‘Tracks’ on the left side of the screen.
Once you click ‘Tracks’ look down at the ‘Filter results’ section and click ‘To listen to’ next to the © Copyright Symbol.
Click ‘To use commercially’ and then your search results will be filtered by songs cleared for commercial use.
You can click this link to see an example search for the term “background music” with the results filtered to show only commercially cleared and/or creative commons music.
Free music you can use in your Youtube videos. Find music from a variety of top categories including acoustic/folk, cinematic, corporate, pop, electronic, funk, jazz, and more.
Curated music for video from the Free Video Archive. FVA has an awesome search feature allowing you to filter free music by genre, title, instrumental, allowed for commercial use, and more.
Youtube cleared, royalty-free music tracks from Filmstro. Explore their huge library of songs and filter by film and video genre to find the perfect background music for your video.
Incompetech has a large library of royalty-free music that you can search through and filter by genre, list, and catalog. View collections of music and find the perfect background sounds for your video.
ccMixter is a music platform for collaboration and creative partnerships. Musicians can upload original samples and singers can upload original vocals/tracks that producers/djs then mix into interesting new songs and remixes.
Their search engine, dig.ccMixter is for finding free music to use for games, videos, podcasts, and other projects. Browse thousands of hours of free music. Most tracks are Creative Commons and require simple credit to the musicians for use.
100% free music licensed as public domain. FreePD.com features free sound effects, music, background songs, and much more. The home page categorizes them into a bunch of useful categories like horror, upbeat and motivational tracks, comedy, romantic, electronic, and even miscellaneous sound effects free for commercial use.
According to their FAQs, you can use the music for Youtube, Twitch, Facebook, theater performances, advertisements, and even full length films.
NoCopyrightSounds is a record label for next generation artists in electronic music, house, dubstep, trap, pop, and more.
NCS Music is free to use for independent creators and their UGC (User Generated Content) on YouTube & Twitch – always remember to credit the artist, track and NCS and link back to our original NCS upload. Read more about the NCS usage policy.
When producing videos for Youtube, social media, advertising, and other commercial purposes it is important to consider audio copyright. You can read the official copyright laws here.
Get a better understanding of audio copyright and how it relates to social videos with this article from Hootsuite.
Things to Keep in Mind When Using Audio for Commercial Video
Is this music/audio cleared for commercial use under Creative Commons license?
Do I need to credit the musician? What type of credit/link is required?
Some music is free for personal use, but requires a paid license for commercial use.
For larger projects and extensive campaigns, specific extended licensing may be required.