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The 14 Best Sites to Find Free Creative Commons Music

Dan Helyer Updated 16-12-2019

There are lots of times you might need to get hold of royalty-free, Creative Commons music. You could be putting together a short film, designing a video game, or recording a podcast; with the right license, you can use CC music for all of that.

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You can find plenty of free music across the sites in this list, whether you plan to share it, remix it, or use it commercially. When it comes to Creative Commons music, there’s no shortage of options.

Creative Commons Licenses

With Creative Commons music, you still need to check the specific license for each track. Different licenses let you do different things with the music, whether that means listening to it in private or remixing it for an ad campaign.

The Creative Commons organization uses easily recognizable symbols for each of its licenses. This makes it easy to find out what you can and can’t use each track for. All you need to do is learn about the different Creative Commons licenses available What Is Creative Commons and Non-Commercial Use? What is Creative Commons? What does "non-commercial use" mean? Learn about Creative Commons licenses and how they work. Read More .

1. SoundCloud

SoundCloud showing Free CC Music Profile

SoundCloud is a great resource for anyone who wants to share music, podcasts, and more. So it’s no surprise you can discover a lot of decent royalty-free Creative Commons music on SoundCloud as well.

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There are a few ways to find CC-licensed music on SoundCloud. The easiest way is to follow the official Creative Commons profile, which has hundreds of tracks you can download.

Other users also upload royalty-free music, which you can find by filtering your SoundCloud search results. To find what you’re looking for, click the CC button and choose how you want to use the music.

2. Audionautix

Audionautix website showing genres, moods, and tempo

All the music on Audionautix is under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. That means it’s free to share, remix, and use commercially. The only rule is that you credit the artist, Jason Shaw.

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That’s right, all the music on Audionautix is created by one person. But there’s no shortage of tracks on here since Shaw has spent years building up the library.

Filter the available tracks by genre, tempo, and mood. Or search a keyword to find exactly what you’re looking for. Audionautix has an impressively broad range considering it all comes from the same guy.

3. Free Music Archive

Free Music Archive home page

In September 2019, the Free Music Archive combined with Tribe of Noise, a community for musicians and other creatives to network with each other. Use Tribe of Noise to chat with musicians directly or buy a license to access royalty-free music.

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That said, you can still access the old Free Music Archive website, which is full of Creative Commons music for you to use right away. Click the FMA Static Pages button in the top-right to browse the various curators, genres, or charts.

4. Freesound

Freesound Tags cloud

Freesound lets visitors search for music and sound effects using tags, comments, and locations. Take a look at the tag cloud for a place to start if you’re not sure what you want. Then sign up for a free account when you want to download stuff.

As always, be sure to check the exact license for each track so you know how you can use the audio. Some of the music uses non-commercial Creative Commons licenses, which means you can’t use it to make money in any way.

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5. Incompetech

Incompetech home page showing range of free music genres

Incompetech is a good place to find full-length royalty-free music for films and videos. You can search the library by genre, tempo, or topics. If you register for a free account, you can even search for CC music by the mood or length.

Music on Incompetech is “absolutely royalty-free” and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license. This means it’s free to share, remix, and use commercially, as long as you credit the artist.

Alternatively, pay for a license from Incompetech if you don’t want to credit anyone.

6. dig.ccMixter

dig.ccMixter home page with free music explanation

Another major Creative Commons library you don’t want to miss is dig.ccMixter. This site is overflowing with free music to download, sample, and share. You can find instrumental music to use for films, commercial projects, and video games.

As is the case with all sites, take a close look at the license on each clip to make sure you don’t break the rules. Three different icons show what you can or can’t do and dig.ccMixter gives a crystal clear overview of what each icon means.

7. Bump Foot

Bump Foot latest release page with Creative Commons music

Bump Foot is a Japanese non-profit netlabel with two sides to their music catalog. On the Bump side, you can find techno and house music; while the Foot side has ambient and IDM tracks instead.

All the music from Bump Foot is under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license. That means you can share and remix the tracks, as long as you credit the artist and don’t use it to make any money.

8. Musopen

Musopen Music page showing list of composers

Get recordings, sheet music, and textbooks without any copyright restrictions from Musopen. It’s a non-profit organization aimed at boosting exposure to music with free resources and educational material.

Discover royalty-free music from classical composers, such as Bach, Mozart, or Beethoven. If you aren’t up to speed on your composers, search the catalog of recordings by choosing a mood instead.

As always, check the Creative Commons icons next to each track to find out what you are and aren’t allowed to do with the free music.

9. CC Trax

CC Trax home page showing range of free Creative Commons music releases

CC Trax lets you search an entire Creative Commons library of music by genre, choosing from electronica, dub, techno, house, downtempo, and ambient. Full albums are available to download and use, often licensed by a range of netlabels.

Click on each album or track you want to use and check the Creative Commons icons to find out what it’s licensed for. Most of the music on CC Trax is non-commercial, which means you can’t make money off of it, but it’s still great for personal use.

10. Internet Archive

Internet Arcive home page showing Community Audio collection

The Internet Archive is a place you can go to find a lot of free stuff. It’s a non-profit library of free books, movies, software, and websites. Click the Audio button to start browsing the collection of music and audiobooks from the Internet Archive as well.

There are over 7 million recordings available, ranging from old radio shows, to news broadcasts, to live music concerts. Filter the media type you’re looking for and click a recording to see more details about it.

11. iBeat

iBeat home page showing sample of free beats

iBeat offers free beats, loops, and breaks to download under different Creative Commons licenses. Browse rap beats, piano chords, and drum loops to use in your own productions or for commercial purposes, like jingles.

There’s no need to create an account to download and use tracks, which makes it quick and easy to get started. Just make sure to check the specific license for the music you download, as not all of it is for commercial use.

12. blocSonic

blocSonic home page with sample of free music

blocSonic is another netlabel with over 3,000 pieces of free CC music for you to download. Most of it is under the non-commercial license, which means you can’t use it to make money, but if you want free music for yourself, this is another great resource.

Check out new artist releases from the home page or visit the catalog to see everything blocSonic has to offer. With music from over 400 artists, you’re sure to find something to your liking.

13. FreePD

FreePD home page with range of categories for royalty-free music

All the music on FreePD is completely free, with no need to attribute artists when you use it, even if you use it commercially. A subscription lets you download more tracks in high quality, but for most people the free service is plenty.

Navigate the simple website by clicking one of ten musical categories, covering genres and moods. Each track is tagged with bright emojis, making it easy to find the music you want with a glance.

14. Looperman

Looperman tracks page showing free Creative Commons music

Looperman features thousands of royalty-free music loops and vocal recordings for you to use. Join the community of musicians to get support developing your craft or make valuable contacts to find the free music you’re looking for.

You don’t need to be a musician to make use of Looperman; anyone can download the loops and beats to use however they need to. As always, make sure to check the specific Creative Commons license for the music you want before putting it to use.

Don’t Stop There, Get Free Images Too!

That should help you find all the royalty-free, Creative Commons music you need. But why stop there? You probably want pictures to go with your music as well. Find out where to get copyright-free images 5 Free Stock Image Sites to Legally Download Copyright-Free Pictures Here are some unusual stock image sites for copyright-free pictures that can be legally downloaded. Read More to cover all your bases.

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  1. ztxrel0aded
    February 20, 2020 at 6:18 am

    8) Free Music Archive: Established in 2009 by the East Orange New Jersey community radio station, free music archive is a library of royalty free music for podcasters. Free music archive provides creative commons licenses that can be used as intro, outro and background music with a credit link to the music creator in the description or between the podcast.

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    November 26, 2019 at 7:58 am

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  3. Juan Marcus
    October 23, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Hi Nancy,

    I'm a music composer and assist creative people like you by providing beautiful and appropriate background music for videos.

    https://www.legendfromheaven.com/freebackgroundmusic

  4. jessica
    May 31, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Great information and thanks makeuseof.com

  5. jessica
    April 3, 2018 at 11:53 am

    The best website use in 2018

  6. YODA
    February 26, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    really very helpful !! can u please share sites which have CC0 ' Indian music' like the ones with instruments - Sitar, tabla, taanpura,etc

  7. Shane
    May 2, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Hello Nancy,

    I also make Creative Commons 4.0 licensed tracks. Free to use for all purposes as long as you link back to my site. =)

    https://www.silvermansound.com/free-music

    I'm approaching my first hundred tracks, and plan to release at least one a week for the foreseeable future.

    Thanks!

    Shane

  8. NoCostRadio
    January 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    NoCostRadio.com free royalty-free music for business

  9. virginiareed
    September 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Don't be sorry, be different!

  10. pino
    August 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    filmtrax.com

  11. Anonymous
    November 15, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Go to http://www.creativedubs.com for royalty free, license free and creative commons licensed top music tracks!

  12. TuneSurfers
    May 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Here's our small contribution to the Creative Commons community :

    http://tunesurfers.com/free-music.html

    We are planning on adding more tracks there in the future. Hope somebody can make use of it ;)

    • Evie M Warner
      June 24, 2016 at 5:13 am

      I am hoping you do in fact add more!

    • Fajar Hari Priagasta
      July 3, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Thanks you so much.

  13. Jesus
    April 10, 2015 at 7:30 am

    You can download royalty-free music free to http://www.locutortv.es/musicalibredederechos_music_free.htm . It is legal and free.

  14. Jonas
    March 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    http://www.ektoplazm.com/ is a label that offers free Psytrance and similar music.
    What stands out is the very good quality and that nearly all tracks are downloadable as albums or compilations and that everything is also offered in FLAC and WAV.

    To cite their own about-site:
    "Ektoplazm is a site devoted to psychedelic trance (psytrance), a distinct form of electronic dance music and a vibrant global counterculture. Founded in 2001 by Basilisk, Ektoplazm is now the world’s largest distributor of free (and legal) psytrance music specializing in high-quality Creative Commons-licensed content from netlabels and independent artists, all released in MP3 and lossless CD-quality FLAC and WAV formats. More than 50 million tracks have been downloaded by music lovers all over the planet."

  15. Pascal
    March 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Check out http://www.dl-sounds.com
    Many creative Commons music and loop.

    Cheers,
    Pascal

  16. Ben
    January 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Nancy,
    i just wanted to present my Website where i offer my music for free:
    http://www.bensound.com/
    You can add it to the list if you like it.

    Ben

  17. revers
    December 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Thank You very nice list :)

  18. Shafiq
    November 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Great Article. Thank you.
    However when I try to visit cctrax - My antivirus reports that it's infected with malware :-/

    • Nancy
      November 17, 2013 at 12:12 am

      What antivirus are you using? I haven't been able to find anything that indicates that cctrax is risky to use.

  19. Philip Clemente
    November 2, 2013 at 3:23 am

    BTW, youtube is also offering Creative Commons, they also give user tracks to use :) it is reallly nice, with a free download

    • Nancy
      November 17, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Great tip. Thanks Philip.

  20. Sandra J
    October 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    thanks very cool list

  21. deeload
    October 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Nancy, thanks for mentioning my little cctrax project!

    Have a nice day :)

    • Nancy
      October 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

      My pleasure!

  22. Jean-Michel Jachelier
    October 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Hi Nancy,

    Great article, thanks for gathering all this information!
    I have noticed that your wrote that "Jamendo boasts a library of over 400,000 tracks, but not all of them are licensed under Creative Commons"
    Actually 100% of Jamendo's music is under CC licenses, the point is that the CC licenses chosen by the artists vary. Some want to by full access to their music, and thus usually select CC-BY and or CC-SA licenses, while others want to sell licenses of their music, and thus usually select CC-ND and/or CC-NC licenses.
    The latter often choose to register their music on Jamendo's PRO catalog, that allows to sell the licenses.

    Cheers!

    • Nancy
      October 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Thanks for the comment Jean-Michel, you're absolutely right. They really should move the creative commons license up to the top of the page so people don't misuse the music.

  23. SBG
    October 29, 2013 at 2:36 am

    freeplaymusicclassic.com? :)

  24. CloudReady
    October 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    thanks very cool list

  25. Eli C
    October 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Another is Noisetrade.com, one of my absolute favourite websites. I've discovered so many artists by using it. A lot of free samplers, singles, and some full albums. You can download for free, & it also gives you the option to donate.

    • ??? ???
      October 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Nancy, thanks for mentioning my little cctrax project!