Internet Tip - Royalty Free Music at No Charge

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Where can you find royalty free music at no charge? Many sites on the web offer royalty free music with a price tag. But here I have compiled a list of sites with royalty free music that is actually free. There are actually quite a few artists that offer their music under the Creative Commons License, it is sometimes just hard to find them through all the sites that ask a lot of money to use one song.


Some artists allow you to use their music in commercial productions whereas others only allow you to use their music in personal productions. So look at the license agreement carefully. Most music is licensed under Attribution, so in your production you should credit the author of the music. If it is a slideshow or a video presentation then you should include a credit to the artist such as:
Music By Artist Name

My recommendation is that whether you use an artist's song in a non-commercial way (for a personal web page, a personal slideshow, etc) or in a commercial way (for a TV commercial, film festival, movie, etc.) that you contact the artist and let them know how you are using their music. It is great that they allow you to use their music at no cost to you.

My second recommendation is that if you use an artist's music and it actually makes your web site, podcast, slideshow, video presentation, etc better or more popular and you continue to use their song, then I suggest making a donation to the artist. Based on other's recommended donation amounts, I suggest that you send the artist at least $5 for each song that you use.

Royalty Free Music Links

At this website Kevin MacLeod offers his royalty free music creations under the Creative Commons License. There are many different types of instrumental music at this site.

pacdv offers a few instrumentals for you to use royalty free. They just ask that you mention "Music by" in your credits.

Musopen is an online music library of copyright free (public domain) music. At Musopen they obtain recordings of public domain music that have no copyrights so that visitors may listen, re-use, or in any way enjoy music. Most of the music is of classical piano or symphony pieces.

I recommend that you sign up with a free account at to take full advantage of its many differnent music artsists and genres. To find royalty free music at no charge under the Creative Commons License click on the soundclick link above and then change License Type to Free/CC License, select the Genre and click go.

YouTube now offers a good selection of free music that you may use in your videos and you can monetize the video on YouTube as well.

Derek Audette offers his royalty free music under the Creative Commons License. Most of these are instrumental pieces that are either dark, moody, or hard driving.

This site contains recordings of songs that were published prior to 1922 and are now in the public domain which means the public is free to copy and use the works in any way.

This website offers a collection of music from a variety of artists and genres under the Creative Commons License. In the left hand menu click on artists or genres.

Open Music Archive offers recordings of songs that are over 50 years old so their copyright has expired in the UK so the recordings have become Public Domain. However, if you are from another country other than the UK then the recordings may not be Public Domain yet. See the FAQ for more information.

This Audio Archive contains free recordings of many popular bands. These are usually recordings of live performances. The bands that allow their live concerts to be recorded and traded are known as Trade Friendly Bands. For a list of bands that are Trade Friendly and to view their policies see Trade-Friendly Band Information and Band List. The FAQ page and the details page make it clear that these recordings can only be used for non-commercial purposes.

Music Revolution has only 40 tracks available for free download. They ask that you credit them somewhere in your website.

Bensound has a few repetitive music tracks that you can use in your multimedia projects as long as you credit the website according to the Creative Commons Attribution licence.

Patrick De Arteaga has over 100 Free License (Creative Commons license) tracks. You can download these original tracks and use them in your multimedia projects, such as games, YouTube videos, apps, etc. You just have to add a link to the website As the website states most of the tracks sound like video game music. has a few royalty free music tracks that you can use for free in your projects. Make sure that you click on the the clips with "free" on them. They also have a few hundred free sound effects at

Free Music Clips usually sells royalty free audio tracks for a price but they also offer a few instrumental 30 second samples that you can use for free for anything you want.

Using Non-Royalty Free Music

If you already found a piece of music from a professional artist that you want to use in your film or other production then go to to find out how to contact the copyright owner (usually the publisher) and acquire the appropriate license.

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Created on October 16, 2007

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1. Posted By: Matthew - - October 28, 2007, 2:38 pm
Awesome resource! This is exactly what I needed for a non-profit project I am working on right now.


Matthew Glanfield
BBO Institute Internet Marketing

2. Posted By: John - - November 4, 2007, 3:52 pm
Your list of royalty free music is perfect for video developers looking to save money and time.

Here's a couple more resources you may find useful.

* Using google to find MP3s

* How to save MP3s online (legally)

* Music search engine/playlist creator

3. Posted By: Agico - - December 11, 2007, 11:21 am
Thank you

4. Posted By: grinmrjk - - February 5, 2008, 12:51 pm
This is great--perfect for a couple of my projects. When I click on the links I get a quicktime movie screen and progress bar. When I right-click it's just save image as, etc. How do I save an mp3 file? I have gone to various of the sites you feature, same thing. I don't know how to save am mp3 file when all I can access is a quicktime player window. Any ideas?

5. Posted By: Jeff - - February 6, 2008, 12:06 pm
Sorry. I'm a little confused. If you right click on the filename there should be an option for "Save Target As.." that will save the mp3 to your hard drive. It might have to do with the browser you are using. If you are using Internet Explorer than try Firefox or vice-versa.

Also when a program installed Quicktime to your computer it setup itself to play mp3 files. You can stop this in a couple of ways.
1. Start the quicktime player and select Edit - Preferences - Quicktime Preferences - File Types. Then uncheck MP3 files and click OK.


2. Start Windows Media Player to assign the MP3s to play their. Usually it is located in Accessories - Entertainment. Click on Tools - Options - File Types and then check MP3 Audio File and click OK. This should make Windows Media Player play your MP3 files. Then when it plays one by clicking on an mp3 file in the browser you can select File - Save as ... in Windows Media Player.


6. Posted By: Mark - - September 22, 2008, 9:15 am
Here's a page that has free royalty free music and sound effects. They allow you to use them in commercial projects

Free Royalty Free Music Loops and Sound Effects

Here is a a blog that posts free music and sound effects for download to use in commercial projects

Download Royalty Free Music Clips

7. Posted By: Jimmy G - - November 7, 2008, 2:04 pm
Can you add this site to your list? It's listed in Kevin MacLeod's short list of 'friends':

8. Posted By: Geoff Harvey - - November 22, 2008, 6:22 am
I hope our new site should fit the bill:

All pieces can be used free for commercial and non-commercial basis.

9. Posted By: Chris - - March 14, 2009, 5:56 am
Great resources, if you are looking for 100% free

10. Posted By: Joe - - July 12, 2009, 8:17 am
Just wanted to point out a mistake in the listing in the above article.
Their free royalty free music they are offering is actually not available for commercial use and has always only been available for non-commercial educational uses.
From the page that you are linking to it says:
"Our free Royalty Free Music section provides you with the resources you need to complete a variety of educational, personal, and non-profit projects"

11. Posted By: Dan-O at - - July 20, 2009, 10:02 am
I hope you don't mind if I leave my creative commons royalty free music site as a resource for readers as well:


12. Posted By: colbert - - August 26, 2009, 11:41 am
Thanks for putting the hard work in and developing this resource...I make films for charities and it is just the thing that I am looking for.

Thanks to the musicians that put their hard work out there for no money... you have my deepest respect.

13. Posted By: Vlad - - November 19, 2009, 5:15 pm
Allow me to add one more non-profit resource of the free roaylty free music at
The site is film maker and media friendly.

14. Posted By: Katte - - December 3, 2009, 2:16 pm
This is great! Thank you so much!

15. Posted By: Leia11 - - December 11, 2009, 12:41 pm
This is so great- I've been looking for a royalty free song and more disturbed to buy a song where I don't know the name of the song or /composer and would give credit in film to the song as "". Very disturbing. Thanks for making this! It's not about the money so much as wanting to credit the artist because I know how important credit is- work begets work! :) thanks for making this site!

16. Posted By: Greggo - - February 4, 2010, 7:39 am
Here's another option for FREE royalty free music and sound effects:

17. Posted By: PoemVidz - - February 25, 2010, 4:41 pm
Absolutely wonderful. I've looking for royalty free music to use in my projects. I am so so glad to find your post. I dont think I have enough words to thank you. WELL DONE :)
Warmest Regards
Lama Kalla

18. Posted By: Bobby - - March 4, 2010, 2:34 pm
Thanks - great resource.
I like these guys too, they post a new free track every day

19. Posted By: Pascal - - March 17, 2010, 11:53 am
Hi there,
Feel free to download royalty-free music from the free section at

20. Posted By: cameronmusic (royalty free) - - March 19, 2010, 2:49 pm
I provide royalty free classical/orchestral music for only 2 per track visit for more info

21. Posted By: Andis - - March 28, 2010, 7:19 am
Fantastic site,that's what I was looking for my few non profit projects. Music "Gentle Thoughts (Long)" of 2.35 mnts duration in exactly fits into my project but I need it in longer duration something of 6 mnts for my project.
Will it be possible for you to make the said music upto such longer duartion? Your answer will be much appreciated.


22. Posted By: Dave - - April 1, 2010, 7:46 am
Here's a great site where the guy gives away some really high quality music for free, all you have to do is accredit him:


23. Posted By: Mira - - April 5, 2010, 12:57 pm
Thanks so much for this - it's always a perfect "stumble" on the internet that makes everything so much easier. I appreciate you sharing this list!!

24. Posted By: More Music Resources - - April 5, 2010, 1:23 pm
Hi, i would like to recommend a very professional and easy to use website of one of the best royalty free music libraries that I know of, its called Hollywood Production Music. These guys did a great job with their website (very intuitive and advanced search options). Music is hand picked, saved me a lot of search time on my last few projects.

25. Posted By: Lama Kalla - - April 11, 2010, 7:22 pm
I just want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the wonderful information provided here. It's the best I have seen so far. I wish you all the very best and thank you again for your time.
Warmest Regards,
Lama Kalla

26. Posted By: Erik S - - April 15, 2010, 11:51 am has a free tracks page with a whole bunch of very well produced royalty free tracks

27. Posted By: Alban Lepsy - - June 5, 2010, 8:31 am
I propos : The site where you can find royalty free music & totally free ! over 200 compositions :

28. Posted By: wrobel studios - - June 16, 2010, 5:01 pm
dude, thanks SO MUCH!!. this is Amzaing for my dirtbikie club non-profit. we wanted to make a movie of our hillclimbs and stuff, but everyone wanted ozzy and stuff. i said no ithas to be royality free!. this is perfect for that!! THANKS SO MUCH

29. Posted By: Maria - - July 14, 2010, 12:08 pm
Thanks so much for taking the time to put this list together . . . This is perfect!!!

30. Posted By: locutor99 - - July 22, 2010, 6:55 am
Music free of royalty. Music for films, website, dvd, videos, etc . Budget: 0 $

31. Posted By: locutor99 - - July 22, 2010, 6:56 am
Music free of Royalty. Budget Euros. Download free:

32. Posted By: Jake - - August 1, 2010, 12:02 am
Check this youtube channel for royalty free music.

33. Posted By: Jake - - August 1, 2010, 12:04 am
Check this youtube channel for royalty free music.

34. Posted By: Levi - - August 16, 2010, 12:54 pm
I agree with Greggo. The coolest place I have found to buy royalty free music is Royalty Free Music Library

35. Posted By: Elvin Azar - - August 18, 2010, 2:51 am
Great site! Very useful. Thank you very much!

36. Posted By: - - October 12, 2010, 12:44 pm
thanks for this big list!! Makes putting together projects a whole lot easier.

37. Posted By: Q-Music - - October 14, 2010, 5:45 pm
Check out for high quality tracks and if you need free tracks go to

38. Posted By: conner2k - - October 18, 2010, 12:55 am
Free, professional, royalty free music - totally free for non-commercial projects from experienced composer.

39. Posted By: Jewelbeat Music - - December 4, 2010, 4:50 pm
JewelBeat Royalty Free Music/ has over 1000 free royalty free music and sound effects. Music is not just free but most importantly royalty free.

40. Posted By: Alex - - December 22, 2010, 11:04 am

thanks for the great list!

41. Posted By: savalar - - December 28, 2010, 7:26 am
Thank you!

42. Posted By: Ryano - - January 24, 2011, 7:48 pm
Thanks for posting all of this great info, the details helped save time in narrowing down the right site for me. I did notice that, in your list, went to a 404 "page not found". Thought you might want to know.


43. Posted By: Barbara - - January 28, 2011, 12:08 am
Oh my gosh you totally rock! I just bookmarked Soundclick page as I remembered something about that from last time I was here. Looking for some soft music for my videos of my caterpillars and my ladybug babies. Thanks! : )

44. Posted By: Craig - - March 7, 2011, 9:07 am
You can get free royalty free music here Sonicfire Express Track. is the only royalty free video background music web site to combine sophisticated technology that gives you meaningful, comparative search choices with patented, industry leading technology that customizes the length, mix, moods and arrangements to meet the creative needs of each scene.

Editor Note: The above website is not exactly free. You can download a demo of Sonicfire Express Track with 5 music tracks. But after that in browsing through the tracks it costs about $99.95 for an album of 10 songs.

45. Posted By: David Geary - - April 20, 2011, 3:22 pm
UniqueTracks has a page with 24 free music loops that can be downloaded. These audio files were created for use in powerpoint presentations, Flash productions, iPhone apps and games. Download the free music loops here . The music is released under a Creative Commons license and can be used royalty free in your production work.

46. Posted By: Joe - - April 28, 2011, 2:42 pm
I enjoy making beats and using samples to compose electronic tracks. Sometimes i like my loops to be premade and for this i use They have tons of free royalty free music loops and sound effects.

47. Posted By: Martha - - May 11, 2011, 4:31 am
Thanks for info Weve got a very bad signal here to do work on the internet but am interested in music remixes that needs more attractions Many regards

48. Posted By: Ronnie Glass - - May 13, 2011, 10:06 am
Awesome list! Thanks for preparing it - this is super helpful. I'm hoping it's not too much trouble if we leave our royalty free music link here too. We have 60,000 tracks at and if you want totally free RF music it's at

49. Posted By: Jeff - - May 13, 2011, 11:32 am
@Ronnie Glass, Thanks for your link to audiomicro, but I have a few porblems with the site. It does have a free section of royalty free music but you have to register to download the songs. The sites I have listed above do not require registration. Also, there is a contradiction on the free-royalty-free-music page. At the top of the website it states:
"Free royalty free music for your projects. Free music to use in film., TV, apps and more. No royalties to pay, no hassles to be had. "

But then at the bottom of the website it states:
"In accordance with our Terms of Service, anything downloaded for free from this website is for the downloader's personal enjoyment only and is not to be used for any other purpose."


50. Posted By: Pretty Ishh Renee - - May 16, 2011, 7:54 am
I Can Not find The Music , Therefore i dont likee thiss website. Ugh ! :(