Looking for some good tunes for a personal project online? The Internet is a treasure trove for legitimately free stuff like free sound effects, free stock videos, free vector images, or free 3D models, there are many sites that offer a variety of good resources if you have the time to look for them, and that includes music under creative commons license that you can use for your projects.
Previously we have compiled a list of 20+ websites you can download free background music under the creative commons license for your project. If you’re on a limited budget or don’t have one to spend on music, you may be able to find some free background music in these extra 20 sites. In return, just credit the sites when using the music.
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A unique and straight forward business style site that provides royalty-free music that you can download easily. Just choose a song and add it to your cart, then pick your song license type (personal license is free) and proceed to checkout. You don’t even need to use any credit card if you are downloading it using a personal license.
This large flash games and animation site has been around since 1999. In 2003, they collaborate with musicians all over the world leading Audio Portal to growth massive. You can get almost all kinds of audio genre on their site and they are mostly under common creative license.
Phlow-Magazine is a magazine-themed site that collects the finest songs all over the web from netlabels and musicians that release music under creative commons license. They provide a wide range of genre such as techno, hip hop, house, pop, rock and a lot more. Their latest project is about #366DaysOfMusic where they release a free MP3 music download each day, for 366 days.
Shrecords is a simple platform to get distributed music that is uploaded under creative commons license. All the audio files provided on the site can be used for non-commercial usage. Commercial use requires the payment of a license.
Bensound is a composer and musician living in France. He has been writing music for a little over 10 years and have had his music featured in many projects before. His collection of royalty-free music can be downloaded from his site with the request of a credit if it is used for any project.
The 2 people behind Machinima sound are Per Killstofte and Jens Killstofte. They also produce the music on the site. Their purpose is to provide media creators with quality music, and push Machinimasound to be at the forefront of this industry. You can download and use their free music for both personal and commercial use as long as you provide credit.
DL Sounds is a site which caters to those who are looking for fresh tunes, loops or samples to be used in projects. This site has been around since 2009, where even now they are still providing high-quality music and royalty-free music to their customers.
A good source where over 15,000 tracks are being downloaded daily. SonicsSquirrel is a platform for netlabel music distribution with the aim to promote free music and making the work of its artists available to the public easily.
Another site to for netlabel music, sortable by genre. Just read the creative common license and download away. SoundShiva relies on community donation to keep going in return for promoting fresh tunes by new artists on one easily accessible platform.
A large online library to download completely free music, that you can use for any personal or educational projects. Epitonic shut down previously due to financial constraints but is now back online due to help from many contributors. The site filters underground music.
The Midnight Cassette System is a collection of music made using a portable music device MadPlayer. The recordings can be downloaded for free because the producer Frank Edward Nora decided to release all the recordings under the Creative Common license: CC0 1.0 Universal. There are so far 55 hours’ worth of public domain music available for non-commercial and commercial use.
Get music specifically made to be used as background music for films and video productions, performed and recorded by Derek R. Audette here. It is not necessary to obtain his permission so long you give him proper credit (please do).
Here you can get plenty of MP3 to use, free of cost or royalty. The only thing required of you is to link back to the site if any of their audio is used. Sound Jig provides audio ranging from sound effects to music loops, in a variety of categories like animals, futuristic, ambient electro, hip hop and many others.
Jimmy Gelhaar is a prolific writer who has composed a variety of music styles throughout his career. He is a student of the piano, guitar and percussion instruments. All the music on his site is composed by him, and you can download and apply his music for your project for free but only for personal use.
Here is a site that has one of the largest online royalty-free stock music including music clips, music loops, beat, bumpers and stingers and sound effects. While their business deals with royalty-free music, you can also get a taste of some of their collections for free. There are limitations of usage, which you can read about here.
FreePublicMusic is a site where you can download free music and sound effects without royalty fees, giving you high-quality music files for your personal or commercial use. The site claims that every audio you find here is 100% original and you only need to credit FreePublicMusic.com in return. All files are downloadable in MP3 format. WAV format is available at $4.99 per song.
Get pre-recorded musical composition or sound clips for projects such as advertisements, computer games, promotional videos, business presentations, etc. There are a variety of music genres available such as rock, smooth, jazz, funky, techno and etc. Look for recording with “Usage Status” indicating that its Free and you can use that in your project with a credit back to the site.
This is one of the easiest way for you to download background music for your videos given the fact that there are now around 150 tracks available for immediate use in YouTube audio libraries. YouTube users can use the royalty-free instrumental audio tracks both in and outside of YouTube.
This archive that was known as Open Source Audio has been renamed to Community Audio. It contains many audio files that are licensed under a Creative Commons. The entire site is known as The Internet Archive, a non-profit internet library for everyone to access historical collections in digital format. In the community audio section you can download all kinds of audio files, ranging from the blues, country, electronic, experimental, hip hop, indie, jazz, rock and spoken word.
Free Stock Music wants to provide you with a platform where you can get the absolute best production music at not cost at all. You can download and use music on their site for any kind of production even for commercial ones. The music can be downloaded in 3 different formas: WAV, AIFF, MP3. Check out which format fits your needs here.