If you post a video on YouTube , whether it's just for the family or to create a viral video, especially never use background music from a copyrighted source.
The copyright holder of this music can indeed make a claim and your video will be purely and simply deleted… or monetized by its owner.
And YouTube is well known for being tough on copyright issues.
The solution ? Use royalty-free music. Here are just 10 royalty free music download sites that you can use to create background music for your YouTube videos.
If you want to grab audio files from YouTube's free music library, this is the place to go.
Here you'll find hundreds of royalty-free music and sound effects that you can download to work offline, or add directly to your videos on YouTube. The platform allows you to search by genre, duration, instrument, attribution, etc.
Be sure to check if attribution is required, in which case you will need to credit the author of the music in your video description.
Another site where you will find free songs from renowned artists and musicians.
To access the library you just have to register, no credit card required. Once a member, you will have access to the entire Thematic music catalog, which includes music from several independent musicians as well as that of well-known musicians like Kingdm or Olivia Lane.
However, you will need to follow a specific attribution method (to cite the authors) and use the songs only on YouTube or Instagram.
It is one of the largest music libraries. Most music isn't free, sure, but it's not really expensive ($ 1 or less per track).
There are however also a few free tracks that you can freely use for the background music of your YouTube videos. There you will find a wide range of sounds classified by categories.
Josh Woodward is a musician who has a wide variety of music to his credit, with good vocals in general. Currently he has 10 albums and over 200 songs.
He writes, records and produces all his music himself. You can dig for free in its catalog to add music to your YouTube videos. In return you just have to credit him with the song and promote his site. The sounds are available in compressed MP3 format, and you can sort by theme, genre, name, tempo, length, etc.
Musician and YouTuber TeknoAXE has been creating songs and sheet music that people can use for free for nine years now. Most of his works are metal, rock, electronic music, but you will also find many thematic compositions in his collection.
Almost 1,500 songs which are divided into several genres and even moods such as horror, drama, comedy, etc. TeknoAXE works are licensed under CC 4.0, which means you will need to give it the original link and specify if you have made any changes.
To keep up to date with the musician's latest tracks (before they hit popularity), follow his YouTube channel . He usually downloads a new song every week.
One of the best copyright free music download sites, with hundreds of music tracks available as MP3 files. New music is added regularly, and searching and filtering is easy.
Incomptech however requires attribution to the author in a specific form which is described on the site.
Icons8 is well known for its catalog of free icons and photos, but it also has a wide selection of royalty-free music and audio tracks. You can download the tracks to your disc in high quality MP3 format for free.
You also have the option to pay to unlock the WAV file. The music library is divided into three categories: themes, genres and moods.
Each category has subcategories to make it easy for you to find the type of music you are looking for for your YouTube video.
As the name suggests, this site is a big stock of free music containing hundreds of tracks of various genres, available in MP3, WAV and AIFF formats.
Registration is free on the site and no attribution is required when using music.
WOWA only offers about twenty free tracks, but in various styles. The special thing about this site is that the tracks are provided with a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.
This allows you to freely use each music for personal or commercial purposes, to modify it as you wish and without attribution constraints. Which means you can do whatever you want with WOWA music without having to mention the origin in your YouTube video description or credits.
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This is one of the best places where you can find copyright-free music. Epidemic Sound was created in 2009 with the aim of making music as accessible as possible at all levels.
So be sure to check it out when you're looking for some background music for your next YouTube video.
Be careful, however, because the service is chargeable. Its cost depends on the number of subscribers on your channel, but the lowest subscription starts at $ 13.