Dear video creators and editors, this video is for you. Do you own a YouTube channel? You will find these resources helpful. Let us know if you have used any of the websites below during video creation and if we missed any of your favourites.
We are in 2020, everyone is grasping the full potential of videos and there is no sign of slowing down.
But one aspect of creating video content that’s often overlooked is finding the background. After due research, we have come up with high-quality background music for video. Amazing resources for Background Music for Video
Before we show you the resources we found, it will be helpful to go over some terms so you stay on the right side of the law.
Public Domain: refers to all works that are not protected by copyright and can be used without permission or without having to pay the original author/artist. Public domain essentially gives free use of the music in however a user sees fits.
Creative Commons: one of the several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. At the core of the Creative Commons license is the idea that every CC license ensures licensors get the credit for the work they deserve. It’s a standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. In the above websites, you’ll notice that many of the tracks are protected under various Creative Commons licenses. Artists typically upload their work and specify what users would need to provide (attribution-wise) in order to repurpose that work.
Check out the Creative Commons website for more.
Free Music Archive: Public domain & Creative Commons
Free Music Archive (directed by WFMU) is one of the most prolific websites online for discovering a range of curated background music and sounds for all types of content. They even offer a “Spoken Word” genre! All MP3 tracks on FMA are pre-cleared and legal to use in a variety of situations that would otherwise be restricted by copyright laws. FMA offers more than 1,500 public domain tracks (licensed for commercial use) as well as thousands more under Creative Commons giving marketers and creators a plethora of options.
Price range: Free
SoundCloud: Creative Commons
If you’re looking for an awesome selection of background music for video that sounds more like real music, then SoundCloud is a perfect option for you. Most if not all of the music on SoundCloud is licensed under Creative Commons, which means that you are free to use the tracks as long as you follow the guidelines established by the artist (more on licensing below!) It does take a bit of savviness and work upfront to utilize the search feature, but once you get the hang of it you’ll find that there is a ton of great music from artists all over the world.
Price range: Free
YouTube Audio Library: Free (public domain) & Creative Commons
We’ve used a ton of the free songs available in YouTube’s massive audio library. Their search functionality allows you to sort by genre, instrument, duration, attribution, and even mood. But I love going with the “popularity” filter which allows me to quickly view which songs are most downloaded by users. To access YouTube Audio Library, simply click on the link above, or from your YouTube account, go to Creator Studio > Create > Audio Library.
Price range: Public domain & Creative Commons
Amazon Music: Royalty free
with more than 56 thousand free tunes and sound tracks, Amazon does a great job of keeping their tracks are easily organized by genre thus making it very easy for you to get a specific tune.
Price range: Free or premium tracks start at $0.99
ccMixter: Creative Commons
Known for consistent background music. ccMixter is a community site taking contributions from thousands of artists. It offers several(set the Filter to “free for commercial use”) royalty free tracks for commercial use under Creative Commons.
Price range: Free (with attribution)
IncompeTech: Royalty free
IncompeTech is an awesome artist-run website with free music in just about every genre you can think of. What we mean by “artist-run” is that all of the tracks you’ll find on IncompeTech are created and uploaded by Kevin MacLeod. With proper attribution, users can download and use his music on a variety of project completely free. And if you’d like to use a few of his tracks without attribution there’s an option for that as well!
Price range: Free
Bensound: Royalty free
Home to hundreds of fantastic tracks created and uploaded by artist Benjamin Tissot. Ben’s work has been featured all over the web in projects from animations, corporate videos, commercials to short films and documentaries. Easy-to-use search functionality.
Price range: Free (with attribution) or 1-year unlimited downloads for $129
AudioJungle: Royalty Free
If you’ve ever searched online for a WordPress theme, chances are you’ve stumbled across ThemeForest under Envato Market at one time or another. Envato Market has more than 3 million digital products created by a global community of contributors. It’s huge! So it’s no surprise that you can also find top-of-the-line background music for video here as well. AudioJungle offers creators more than 586,000 tracks from pop to heavy metal to music kits and sound effects. No matter what style of music you’re looking for, you’ll find it on AudioJungle.
Price range: Tracks starting at $1
AudioBlocks: Royalty free
A go-to source for music and sound effects as well as a variety of videos we’ve created for social media. Along with your AudioBlocks subscription, you’ll get access to unlimited downloads of hundreds of thousands of tracks, loops, sound effects, and collections. One of my favorite features of their search functionality is the ability to use a slide bar to specify the exact length of a track I’m looking for – quite useful for specific timing in videos!
Price range: Unlimited downloads start at $99/year
Freeplay Music: Creative Commons
Though Freeplay Music is one of the more pricey options out there in terms of background music services, their website is top notch and there are some serious gems to be found. Plus, if you’re using it for personal use only on YouTube, you’ll be able to access nearly all of their tracks for free. For businesses with a wide variety of music needs such as a video, advertisement, presentation, movie, video game, or even “YouTube kitty cat fashion show,” it’s a perfect place to grab-and-go great music.
Price range: Free (personal use) or $0.99 and up (business use)
BeatPick: Creative Commons
A powerful online music search engine online, BeatPick gives users the ability to filter by genre, mood, vocal, instrument, keywords, and much more. Find what you like, add it to your “Beatlist” for later, or, click on “License Song” to find out the cost of the license.
Price range: Price varies depending on track
So here you have our recommendations, you can delve further and do your own research to find out what is suitable to you. Don’t forget to give credit where due and on this note, this article was adapted from several resources online.