When creating your own video content, it can be tempting to use your favorite songs to fill the silence. Although in some cases this is allowed, the ever-changing rules around licensing make it confusing to know what is right and what is wrong in relation to music licensing. With this in mind, we recommend diving into any of these vast libraries of Royalty-Free music to ensure you find that perfect song. Each site presents a variety of different genres of music that can work with your content.
Note that even in the world of Royalty Free Music, each site will have its own parameters around how you can use the different tracks, so it is always important to understand the licensing options available. To make it easy for you, we have provided links to each site’s web page detailing their licensing structure.
Artlist offers a wide array of music options with a pricing structure to fit your needs starting at $12 for unlimited SFX, $16 for unlimited music, or bundle both music and SFX for $25. With curated playlists and a comprehensive set of filtering options you can find the right song based on genre, video theme, mood, etc…
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://artlist.io/page/pricing
Audiio is one of the best subscription options available. They offer a lifetime music membership for the affordable price of $299 with an option to add their SFX bundle for an additional $199.Plus, at the time of this publishing they are offering $100 off their lifetime membership if you use the code SAVE100.
Not interested in their lifetime membership? Audiio also offers a subscription for $16.60/month which is billed annually.
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://audiio.com/pricing
AudioJungle is unique in that it not only offers music and SFX, but also 3D assets, stock footage, photography and the option to commission original music. AudioJungle offers either a monthly subscription through the Envato Market or the ability to purchase individual tracks, making it one of the most flexible options for finding royalty-free content.
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://elements.envato.com/pricing
Bensound.com offers a range of music tracks available to use in your content. They offer a free license for a variety of multimedia project types. If you need to include the music in monetized or commercial content they also offer different paid license types to fit your needs.
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://www.bensound.com/licensing
Epidemic Sound uniquely allows users to connect their social media channels to automatically have content cleared to post without any worry of getting copyright claims. With a large library of music and SFX tracks and subscription tiers there is an option for any user, plus they even offer a 30 free trial to see if it is the right fit.
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://www.epidemicsound.com/pricing/
Tribe of Noise has an extensive library of music available for non-commercial and commercial use. They recently acquired the site Free Music Archive to increase their offerings. They offer one site that has free music for users to include in their non-commercial works through Creative Commons conditions, while offering a Pro site which allows you to purchase individual songs at different pricing tiers to receive more inclusive licenses for commercial use.
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://prosearch.tribeofnoise.com/pages/pricing
Hook Sound's selections are commissioned and curated specifically for professional productions and they offer their music and SFX through a tiered monthly subscription based on your needs. The site itself has an easy-to-use filtering system to help you find the right track based on genre, mood, BPM, tags, etc…
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://www.hooksounds.com/licensing/
MixKit offers a decent sized library of music and SFX, however, what makes them unique is they also offer templates for Premiere Pro, After Effects, FinalCut Pro and DaVinci Resolve almost making them a one stop shop for any stock production needs.
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://mixkit.co/license/
Slip Stream offers a fair amount of free songs to be used in livestreams and podcasts, as well as on social platforms and websites. Their annual subscription is one of the most affordable if you want unlimited downloads and to access their full, extended library of music and SFX.
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://slip.stream/pricing
SoundStripe has an interface similar to Spotify and allows you to favorite songs, create playlists and more. With 80 artists commissioned to create music for their libraries they have awesome royalty-free options from every genre. They also offer high quality SFX and stock video footage. Their pricing structure is billed annually and they offer different packages for your needs.
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://www.soundstripe.com/plan-pricing-1
Pond5 has one of the most extensive royalty- free music libraries in the world. Like AudioJungle it provides more than music, offering SFX, video and After Effects templates to help any content creator complete their video.
Here is a link detailing the different licensing parameters: https://www.pond5.com/our-licenses
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