We will propose 21 pages to download music for free and completely legally so that you can use it in your projects, such as videos that you will upload to online platforms. The main platforms to upload videos to will always detect if your videos carry copyrighted music and if so they could even remove the video because they have not complied with them.
That’s why it’s time to turn to so-called music banks, which offer free and un licensing tracks to buy, and that in most cases even allow them to be used for commercial purposes. It’s kind of like copyrighted image banks that you can also find online, but with music.
In this list we will include several types of pages from which they offer all their songs for free to those who have a free option for their mainly paid model, passing by authors who give away their songs in exchange for attribution. What we’re not going to include are fully paid services, even if they include a free trial period.
And as we always say in Xataka Basics, we will leave you our proposals, but it is very possible that the most experienced users will be able to know other pages not included. Therefore, if you consider that we have left out some useful portal for these cases, we ask you to tell us in our comments section, so that other readers also benefit from
BeatPick is a portal where you have a wide selection of music tracks to choose from. When you find one you like, you can license it at no cost for the use you want to give it. They claim that their selection of tracks has been curated by hand, as they only accept 10% of the 200 tracks that reach them per month by artists.
As for the license, it is free and will serve you to use the track you want in movies, television, ads, background music for public spaces, phones, and any other multimedia use. It’s not as easy as getting there and unloading, but they’re quite flexible.
- Link: Beatpick.com
A page that offers multiple audio tracks with a free license but in need of attribution, which means that you will have to include in your video the credit of the author saying that it is the one who composed the music. In return, you’re free to use it in your multimedia projects, such as YouTube videos, websites, or animations.
What you won’t be able to do is use it in audiobooks, podcasts, the production of derivative songs, or musical remixes. For that, you will have to license each track separately with paid licenses. But for online videos, it serves you to download them for free.
- Link: Bensound.com
YouTube Audio Library
YouTube itself offers its own library of free audio tracks that you can use in any video you want to upload to its platform or any other. This page has a simple search engine, as well as the possibility to filter the tracks by genre, mood, author, duration of the date on which it was added.
ccMixer is a portal to which any musician can upload their music to be used for free. The only condition is that you have to give credit to the musicians by saying whose song it is. It is a fair deal in exchange for being able to use the works that have gone up for any type of project.
The page has a search engine in which you can type a genre, instrument, or artist name. In addition, the page also has free music sections for commercial use, and specific lists of songs for movies, commercial projects, and games. After searching, when you tap on a song you will see next to the download link the licenses, as if you must credit the artist or if you can use it for commercial purposes.
Formerly known as Incompetech, this portal offers you free music for you to use in any project. As we will see throughout this list, it uses a free mode and a paid mode, each with its own features and advantages.
If you choose the option to create a free account you won’t have to pay anything, but you’ll have to give credit to the artist to which the track you use belongs. In the payment method, you will buy each song, although you will no longer have to give any kind of attribution, it will be in better quality and you can use it as many times as you want.
This portal offers free music without attribution,which you can use without restriction anywhere. You can from using it on YouTube or Twitch videos to in retailers, ads, or movies if you want. All organized into very specific categories, such as horror, romantic, electronic or humorous music.
FreePD offers a free fee and other paid rates. Payment rates are the ones that allow you to download the highest number of songs and with the highest sound quality. So, you can choose what best suits your needs.
Free Music Archive
Free Music Archive is a portal that offers you the free download of Creative Commons licensed music, which means you’re only going to need the slightest effort to give credit to the creator of the songs you use. It has two models, the FMA search engine for CC-licensed songs, and another Pro search engine for original tracks for which you have to pay.
The FMA search engine is a real treat, as it allows you to search for any term and then filter the results. Among the filters, you can choose the different CC licenses, if you want them to be instrumental tracks or different musical genres. You can also choose how long you want the songs that appear in the results to last.
Free Music Public Domain
A website where you can seamlessly download free songs without having to pay royalties. If you just want the songs for personal use, then just download them and that’s it. But if you’re going to expose them then you have two types of free licenses that you have to respect.
If you are only uploading videos to YouTube or other online platforms, for amateur movies or student-level use, then you must respect the Creative Commons license by crediting the creator of each song. And if you want to use it to make money with some production where you use it, you will be asked to fill out the form to obtain the standard license, which will also be free in any case.
Free Stock Music
Another page that allows you to search for all kinds of free music themes, with the sole condition of accrediting the artist who composed it. It doesn’t require registrations, and it has several filters that even allow you to select themes depending on the Creative Commons license you want to submit to for use.
- Link: Free-stock-music.com
HookSounds is a slightly more restrictive portal when it comes to offering your songs for free, as it tries to promote mostly your paid alternatives. Free music can be used for videos from online platforms and social networks, but without asking for monetization for them, without giving them commercial use and always giving it attribution of the authors.
The reason for this is that its music collection is totally exclusive, which means that the tracks you find here are not going to be anywhere else. In its free use, you will only have an MP3 format, if you want the music of the highest sound quality you will have to go to one of the paid plans.
- Link: Hooksounds.com
Josh Woodward is a composer who makes all kinds of music of multiple styles, and who already has 14 albums behind him, both instrumental and with songs. And the point is that *Josh gives away all this music** in case you want to download it to use it wherever you want in exchange for accrediting him as the creator in the video where you use it.
He’s got two different plans. On the one hand, you’ll be able to download any of your songs in MP3, but if you need more quality it offers an Epic Bundle of 40 dollars for which you have all the songs in FLAC, with all the songs and their instrumental versions. It also has a search engine to find the track you need by tempo, style, or mood.
- Link: Joshwoodward.com
This portal began by offering free videos for any online project and has grown including also a collection of music tracks free of licenses or copyrights. These tracks you will be able to use in your audiovisual projects without paying and without having to give attribution to anyone.
Because you don’t have, on this website you won’t even need to register. The tracks you’ll be able to use in your YouTube videos, in podcasts, or online ads. You have several genres to choose from, and you can use its search engine or various types of filters to find the tracks that best suit your project.
- Link: Mixkit.co/free-stock-music
Moby is a world-class artist recognized worldwide, and more than 10 years ago he decided to make some of his discography available to independent producers for free. It offers a selection of over 200 tracks, some unreleased, some old, and others that are new versions of your songs.
The only drawback is that not everyone can access them since the video where you are going to use them should be non-profit. Come on, he gives you the license of his music on the condition that you don’t profit from the video, movie, or short you make with it. The request for the songs will have to be made on their website using a form.
- Link: Mobygratis.com
Musopen is an alternative that offers free or paid accounts for those who want to download the music of their artists. Money is not for them, as they are a non-profit organization, but invest it in increasing their free music catalog, whether with songs, sheet music, or educational books.
As for the differences between free and paid accounts, the free one has a limit of 10 downloads per day, all of them in standard audio quality, while the paid accounts will have more download and songs in lossless quality of the highest quality and wav format.
- Link: Musopen.org
This platform is a Paste Magazine project and has a rather peculiar proposal. They try to promote artists by offering their songs for free so you can use them wherever you want. All you’re going to need is to provide your email to send you some selected free leads.
But what this page is looking for is to provide, so by registering on it you will also have your personalized fan page, being able to follow the artists you like the most and even send them money if you wanted so that they can continue to grow.
- Link: Pastemagazine.com/noisetrade/music
Partners in Rhyme
A portal that not only offers you royalty-free music or music collections but also has sound and video effects that are free for you to include in your productions. They offer WAV music tracks and ensure that you can use them on platforms like YouTube without any kind of license.
Music tracks can be used in for-profit productions, although you can never resell them, offer them on other websites or remix them on your own music tracks ensuring they are yours. As you have, this page even offers you free software for music editing on Windows and macOS.
- Link: Partnersinrhyme.com/pir/freemusicloops.shtml
This page has been created by a group of British friends who decided to create compositions and upload them so that you can download them for free, although in the free there is a small asterisk. You can only download free tracks in MP3 at 192kbps, and only for YouTube videos. Other types of productions such as video games or commercial products require a paid license.
On their website, they detail how you have to credit them in your videos in order to use their music for free. In addition, in exchange for a payment, you will also be able to buy the tracks in high-quality WAV format.
- Link: Purple-planet.com
Royalty Free Music
A very particular project, since it is not a website, but an initiative that you can find on your YouTube channel. It is a channel that uploads free music under the Creative Commons license, which you can use for free simply by crediting the creator. On each track they upload, the official links to get the song are included in the description.
- Link: Royalty-Free Music
This is another professional portal that offers paid audio tracks for content creators. However, you can get free tracks if you have an unmonetized YouTube channel, if you’re not going to commercially use the track, and if you’re going to credit the creator who composed it. You won’t be able to version or mix them, and you’ll have a download limit of 10 audio tracks per month.
- Link: Taketones.com
This is a page that will ask you for various attribution methods if you want to include your music in your online videos, although in exchange for offering a wide collection with hundreds of tracks of various genres totally free of charge. All tracks are in mp3 format
A subpoena that complies with the CC 3.0 license is required, including a link to the TeknoAxe YouTube channel,a link to the TeknoAxe website, and a link to the YouTube video where the music was used or a link to the specific website with the track location.
- Link: Teknoaxe.com
Bonus: Search SoundCloud and YouTube
SoundCloud is a popular music streaming platform, quite an alternative, and that in its search engine allows you to find songs for commercial use or modification, you only have to give the creators the credit they deserve. It’s easy, just go to the search engine and look for a term, and on the left, you’ll have a for commercial use column in which to find these two options.
In addition, you will also be able to find clues of this type on YouTube itself. All you have to do is search for songs with the term Royalty-free or Copyright-safe, and usually, they will show songs that you will be able to download and use for your own creations. However, always be aware of whether you are asked to accredit the artist, although it is best to always do so by default.