If you want to create videos quickly, affordably, and still maintain a high quality of production, royalty-free music can be an enormous help. Working with royalty-free music libraries instead of directly with composers and labels allows content creators a huge choice of tracks at their fingertips, with easy payment and licensing systems. The hardest part is knowing where to start.
There are hundreds of websites out there with millions of tracks to choose from. Every website offers different search functionalities, licensing options, and music experience. We’ve sifted through the lot of them and picked out our favorites, so read on to learn about the top 10 best stock music websites.
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1. Motion Array
Motion Array, as well as providing a huge variety of visual assets such as After Effects templates, Premiere Pro templates, and stock footage also has a wide range of royalty-free stock music and sound effects.
The subscription-based platform makes it easy to manage monthly payments in return for a huge number of assets for all of your projects, and the licensing is crystal clear, letting you work across advertising, TV, and online content easily.
2. Music Vine
Music Vine is a nicely designed site, easy to navigate with clear licensing options. It’s a pay-per-track site which means you’re not committed to any ongoing overheads; you can just pick and choose a song whenever you need it. The clear licensing ensures your project is covered for whatever you are working on: promotional content, a documentary, wedding, or a student project.
Production Trax hosts a wide range of premium music tracks, stock audio, and sound effects. There’s a great selection that covers a variety of themes, genres, and the sound effects mean you don’t need to search far to find the right assets for your videos. Pay as you go with each track, so you’re not committed to a credit system.
Did you know YouTube had a huge range of completely free music tracks and sound effects for you to use? Filter by genre, mood, or instrument to get the perfect track for your project, and be surprised if you don’t find the right sound effect too. Everything from elevator mechanisms to baseball hits and gunfire – it’s all here, for free.
So it may not be the most attractive site on this list, but it’s perfectly functional. Search the categories to get the best kind of music for your project and preview them before you download. Check the licensing details for each track to make sure you don’t run into issues further down the line, but it’s all pretty clear.
6. Hook Sounds
Easy to search, approachable, clear labeling: just what we want from a royalty-free stock music site. Hook Sounds lets you search by music or by artist if you’re looking for something specific. Four easy licenses mean you always know whether you’re covered for your project.
Free, you say? Yep. Absolutely free. Nearly all of these tracks are available under the Creative Commons license, meaning you’re free to use them in all kinds of projects without concern. Double-check the fine print on the site, and have fun digging through an eclectic mix of genres and styles.
8. Jay Man
Another Creative Commons goldmine, this YouTube channel is run by a composer who is incredibly giving away all of his music for use in your projects for free. All he needs in return is a credit. It’s a small price to pay for the quality of music here.
Incompetech is a site of royalty-free music by composer Kevin MacLeod, happy to share his work which has been embraced by many low budget and student productions around the world. That’s not to say the quality is not good though — listen to a couple of tracks and you’ll soon find there’s a huge amount here to work with.
Jamendo has a massive number of tracks to choose from, all extremely affordable and royalty-free. As well as being a go-to site for filmmakers, they also offer background music licenses for venues too.
This list barely scratches the surface of the sites available, but hopefully, it gives you a good place to start. Whether you’re looking for pay-as-you-go, subscriptions, or completely free music, there’s an abundance of resources to search through and find the perfect music track for your video project.