Best Free Music for YouTubers 2016

I like to use some ambient background music for my YouTube videos so I’ve done a fair amount of research as to where I can find the best free music for my videos.

In this review I will go through a number of sources where you can find copyright free, public domain and/or creative commons licensed music that you can use on YouTube videos and Twitch streams even with monetization and without getting into trouble for copyright infringement.

 

YouTube Audio Library

YouTube Audio Library

The YouTube Audio Library was launched in 2013 with 150 free music tracks that anyone could use on their YouTube videos. Recently it was updated with 1000 additional free songs. Some of the music is public domain and does not require attribution, other tracks are licensed with creative commons and do require attribution but are otherwise entirely free to use.

Visit YouTube Audio Library

 

YouTube Music Artists

YouTube Music Artists

There’s an increasing number of music artists and labels who allow their tracks to be used on YouTube videos and Twitch streams for free even with monetization enabled. Many of these artists are also YouTubers and have their own channels, here’s a list of a few good ones I’ve come across recently.


NoCopyrightSounds
Type: Music Label
Genre: Electronic


BreakingCopyright
Type: Music Channel
Genre: Electronic


The Enigma TNG
Type: Music Artist
Genre: Dark Electronic, Various



Ross Budgen
Type: Music Artist
Genre: Cinematic, Movie Trailer


John Boberg
Type: Music Artist
Genre: Cinematic, Movie Trailer



There are of course many more, you just have to search around a bit to find them. Before using their music however, make sure that you can use their tracks and what the terms of use are. Not all of their tracks are free to use and some artists may change their policies if they are signed by a big music label. You will usually find their music usage conditions in the video description of the music video and/or on their YouTube channel about page. If you can’t find clear conditions, try sending them a message.

 

Kevin McLeod

Kevin McLeod

Kevin McLeod is the patron saint of free music for YouTubers. He has created a big library with hundreds of tracks composed by himself that YouTubers can use in their videos for free. Most of his music is licensed with a creative commons attribution license and can be used provided you credit him in the video description. You can find his stuff on his website incompetech.com.

Kevin also curates a website called FreePD.com that hosts a lot of public domain music that can also be used for free.

Visit Incompetech | Visit FreePD.com

 

Soundcloud

Soundcloud

Soundcloud also has a bunch of music licensed with creative commons. You can go to soundcloud.com/search, then select “Tracks”, under “Filter Results” click on “To listen to” and select “To use commercially”, then start searching for music. Rameses B is one really good artist on Soundcloud that has a bunch of free music.

When you find music licensed with creative commons on Soundcloud, make sure that the person who uploaded the music is an official account of the artist who made the track, or their music label. Be careful when using remixes, especially of popular songs, as they may still get flagged by YouTube if they’re not different enough from the original.

Visit Soundcloud

 

 

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