Here Are 5 Resources For Royalty Free Music

Joshua Lockhart 24-01-2012

royalty free musicA while back, we received a question on MakeUseOf Answers asking where in the world one can get royalty free Various Little Known Quality Resources for Your Next Multimedia Project Even in a world where Creative Commons exists, it always seems like there is not enough quality royalty-free material for us in the multimedia field. Thankfully, there are several places out on the Internet that... Read More music. Naturally, as someone who is constantly searching for this Holy Grail, I jumped on it.


So, dear MakeUseOf readers, I felt that this is a question worthy enough to expand upon. I’m quite sure that some of you out there are wondering where to find royalty free 6 Free Websites for Public Domain Images and Free Stock Photos Public Domain refers to material that is 'publicly available' and not covered by intellectual property or copyrights. In today's media, where visual art is abundant, there is a high demand for images, for example for... Read More music whether you’re a videomaker, a game developer, or one of those neo-artist stage performance poets that uses a combination of visual imagery, weird music, and the occasional bit of innocent nudity. So with that being said, I’m here to bring you some quality royalty free music.

Vimeo Music Store

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The Vimeo Music Store is a brilliant tool to use when in search for music for your videos. Although there are several free items available via the Creative Commons 10 Different Creative Commons Projects That You Should Definitely Pay Attention To Creative Commons has succeeded in championing the cause of open content. So much so that large swathes of intellectual properties are being kept open in the public domain…all licensed under Creative Commons. Let's take a... Read More , there are actually a few songs that you can pay for either personal use ($1.99) or for commercial use ($98). The Vimeo Music Store is a nice consolidated catalog of music from all genres, and the best part about it is that each song on the store is available to use for your videos. This way, you do not have to do as much digging. However, you will have to lurk around if you want to find free royalty free songs, and it’s a little harder if you want to use them commercially without paying a dime.


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I recently discovered the beauty of SoundCloud Music Lovers: Why Aren't You Using SoundCloud? Discovering a new artist, album or record label that corresponds with your tastes and expectations can be a rewarding experience. These golden discoveries can be few and far between and that’s where I turn to... Read More , and the fact is this – they have an entire section of their site devoted to the Creative Commons. What does that mean for you? Well, my friend, it means there is a ton of music out there waiting on you to use it in a personal project. SoundCloud also offers quite a bit of search classifications, so you can find songs with CC licenses that allow for commercial use or without the share alike option. It seems like a good deal to me, and I’ve been using their music for quite a few projects lately.


Free Music Archive

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The Vimeo Music Store pulls some of their music from the Free Music Archive, but I decided to go ahead and throw it in as a separate entity for a couple of reasons. One, it seems like the Vimeo Music Store doesn’t include all of the songs on here, for it constantly updates. Two, it also seems like there is some differing information between the sites.

For instance, I used a song that I got from the Vimeo Music store for free, and on their site, it said I could only use it for noncommercial purposes. However, when I saw it on the Free Music Archive, it said I could use it for commercial purposes with attribution. Either way, both are excellent sources of music How To Use Royalty-Free Music & Effects From GarageBand [Mac] Read More , and I would recommend this site for sure. Granted, I cannot guarantee everything on this site will be available for you to use.


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We couldn’t have this article without mentioning Kevin MacLeod, the mastermind behind Incompetech. MacLeod’s website offers quite a bit of music for your royalty free needs, and it is absolutely fantastic. He does offer a PayPal 4 General Methods You Can Use To Detect Phishing Attacks A "phish" is a term for a scam website that tries to look like a site that you know might well and visit often. The act of all these sites trying to steal your account... Read More donation system (as does AudioNautix, actually), so if you feel the need to support him, you can do so. However, his music is great for whatever you need, and there is nothing else I can really say except that you should go give it a listen.


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After submitting my answer to MUO answers (which included the Vimeo Music Store), I went back to see if anybody else had brought anything to the table. Fortunately, someone did, and that was MUO reader ha14, who suggested AudioNautix, another site for royalty free music. The site offers everything including tracks for cinematic works and documentaries Geeky Documentaries: 6 Fascinating Films About Hardware, Software & Space [Stuff to Watch] This week’s Stuff to Watch is all about sitting back, letting the power of a well-produced documentary wash over you and engaging your grey matter without even leaving the sofa. What’s more each of these... Read More , but what i really liked about it was simply how easy it was to understand the usage rights of this music. You can pretty much use it for anything, so… go do that. Right now.


These are simply my top four picks for royalty free music (with ha14’s tacked on), and each of them have quality stuff. You normally won’t see a whole lot of good music that you can use in projects, and each of these resources has a different flavor for everyone.


What other royalty free music resources do you use? What do you like or not like about the ones mentioned here?

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  1. Sophie M
    October 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I just started writing a podcast!!!!! 😁
    So Excited to find music, thanks for the list of possibilities for me to hunt through.

    My boyfriend is a film producer and he loves and

    Premiumbeat might be good for some of you lovely people but its a bit to pop for me. Pyramid Tracks is used all the time in Denmark by companies, but it's too 'cool' music for me.

    So I will check out more on this list.... woo!

    Thanks Sophie!

  2. Aro
    June 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm


  3. Rainer
    May 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Joshua,

    thanks for this great article!
    I would like to recommend the new search engine for royalty free music
    It´s worth to take a look at ;)
    All the best

  4. Arnav
    February 22, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I'm giving away 100+ background music tracks absolutely free for unlimited use in all media for commercial use. They are very high quality and have never been given out before.

    These are all my own compositions and are royalty free. You can use them for free in unlimited media, across unlimited platforms for commercial use, forever!

  5. Rick
    December 1, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Try They have some great obscure and unique music that is all royalty free.

  6. Martin Driscoll
    February 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks everyone for all the info! I also use Tracks are only £1.99 for absolutely any usage - and sound dead professional Martin

  7. Lester Woodward
    July 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm is a great resource for royalty free music.

  8. Bill
    July 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Another one royalty free music site is
    They offer free royalty free music with embed code for websites at and alse they have an iframe version at where you can test live your projects.

  9. Mike Bielenberg
    June 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    You might also try , an innovative online marketplace for royalty-free music. The production music library has over 17,000 tracks of affordable, high-quality royalty-free production music suitable for film, video, TV, radio, website, games, background music, legal music for YouTube, on hold music and other business music applications. New music is being added every day. Single tracks start at just $9.99. Most tracks are priced at $49.99. I am the co-founder.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Seems like a fair price, Mike. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Connie Lockhart Ellefson
    June 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Hey, Joshua Lockhart--good name. not too many of us around! Thanks for your efforts to get the word out about free music.

    I wanted to let you know we have some Free Royalty Free music at our site, suitable to use for non-commercial projects, such as home movies, and for education. And, of course, there are also hundreds of tracks of Royalty Free Music for professional video producers as well.

    Here's the link:

    Thanks again, Connie

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Baha. No. Not too many, eh?

      Digging Smartsound, Connie. I'd love to take a closer look at it some time.

  11. Ryan A
    April 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Please check out

    Its my site where I create free background music for people to use in their videos.
    All I ask for is a simple credit link, NO money.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Very nice, Ryan. Ever thought about selling some of your work, though?

  12. col magee
    April 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm


    For cheap and free royalty free music, is great - quality music for those looking for a more modern sound. Best of all the tracks are all only £0.99 and free to use however you like.



    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      ...Col. Do you happen to do music on SoundCloud?

  13. Ryan
    March 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Check out

    They have good free music not just rap "beats" like the rest of the free sites

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Baha. It always gets a little frustrating when you only find beats, right?

  14. J. Lockhart
    March 10, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Love songwriters. I'll look at it.

  15. J. Lockhart
    March 10, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Thanks, Rob! Just saw this comment.

  16. J. Lockhart
    March 10, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I'm sure the audience is out there, Tony.

  17. J. Lockhart
    March 10, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Baha. Well. I'll check it out, for sure.

  18. J. Lockhart
    March 10, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I'll have to look into it!

  19. J. Lockhart
    March 10, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Just saw this! Thanks, jtribe.

  20. Aibek
    January 31, 2012 at 6:42 am

    thank for the input!)

  21. J. Lockhart
    January 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Very nice, Manuel. Seems like there are plenty more to write about.

  22. J. Lockhart
    January 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks, Mike! I'll be sure to check it out.

  23. Christian Sheehy
    January 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I second this. I have used CC tracks from Jamendo for several projects. 

  24. Uncledavestat
    January 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Surprised not to see ccMixter here.  Does it not meet the criteria?

    • J. Lockhart
      January 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Seems like it does. I have just never heard of it. Nice find.

  25. J. Lockhart
    January 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Nice find. I'll have to look into it.

  26. J. Lockhart
    January 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Glad to be of service, Jerry.

  27. Cell Travis
    January 24, 2012 at 6:11 am is another site worth mentioning.

    • Aibek
      January 24, 2012 at 6:19 am

      thanks for the link

    • J. Lockhart
      January 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

      Great site. I've used it before, and they seem to have a lot of stuff on there.