13 Fantastic Places to Find Background Music for Your Video Content

Video has erupted onto the scene with brands and businesses creating more video than ever before – with no signs of slowing down. Consumers are loving it, too!

But one aspect of creating video content that’s often overlooked is finding the background music.  We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best places to find high-quality background music for video .

13 Fantastic Places to Find Background Music for Video

As many of you might have experienced, finding quality background music for video can be a huge challenge.  There are hundreds of websites out there with millions of songs to choose from. And each website offers different search functionalities, licensing options, and music experience.

We tested out more than 50 online music libraries and dwindled it down to 13 of our favorites.

1. Epidemic Sound

Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: Epidemic Sound is one of our favorite places to find high-quality background music for video. Their easy-to-use search functionality and music offerings are some of the best in the business making it super easy to quickly find just the right music for your video. Music licensing can be a bit tricky, but Epidemic Sound bundles all of the legal rights you’ll need into on simple license that you can use across all platforms.

Pricing: Licensing starting at $0.99 and Subscriptions starting at $12/month

2. YouTube Audio Library

Licensing: Free (public domain) & Creative Commons

Why we love it: We’ve used a ton of the free songs available in YouTube’s massive audio library. Their search functionality allows you to sort by genre, instrument, duration, attribution, and even mood. But I love going with the “popularity” filter which allows me to quickly view which songs are most downloaded by users. To access YouTube Audio Library, simply click on the link above, or from your YouTube account, go to Creator Studio > Create > Audio Library

Price range: Public domain & Creative Commons

3. AudioJungle

Licensing: Royalty Free

Why we love it: If you’ve ever searched online for a WordPress theme, chances are you’ve stumbled across ThemeForest under Envato Market at one time or another. Envato Market has more than 3 million digital products created by a global community of contributors. It’s huge! So it’s no surprise that you can also find top-of-the-line background music for video here as well. AudioJungle offers creators more than 586,000 tracks from pop to heavy metal to music kits and sound effects. No matter what style of music you’re looking for, you’ll find it on AudioJungle.

Price range: Tracks starting at $1

4. AudioBlocks

Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: AudioBlocks is our go-to source for music and sound effects on the Buffer Podcast as well as a variety of videos we’ve created for social media. Along with your AudioBlocks subscription, you’ll get access to unlimited downloads of hundreds of thousands of tracks, loops, sound effects, and collections. One of my favorite features of their search functionality is the ability to use a slide bar to specify the exact length of a track I’m looking for – quite useful for specific timing in videos!

Price range: Unlimited downloads start at $99/year

5. Free Music Archive

Licensing: Public domain & Creative Commons

Why we love it: Free Music Archive (directed by WFMU) is one of the most prolific websites online for discovering a range of curated background music and sounds for all types of content. They even offer a “Spoken Word” genre! All MP3 tracks on FMA are pre-cleared and legal to use in a variety of situations that would otherwise be restricted by copyright laws. FMA offers more than 1,500 public domain tracks (licensed for commercial use) as well as thousands more under Creative Commons giving marketers and creators a plethora of options.

Price range: Free

6. Jamendo

Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: We love Jamendo here at Buffer because of their awesome music selection as well as their dedication to giving back to their artists. Jamendo is also one of the few background music resources that allows marketers to pick and choose music based on what they might be using it for. Looking for a song for a killer Facebook video? Great, they’ve got that! Curious about what might work well on YouTube? No problem! They even have a special program for business chains who need a great radio station for each of their stores.

Price range: Standard licensing starts at $49

7. SoundCloud

Licensing: Creative Commons

Why we love it: If you’re looking for an awesome selection of background music for video that sounds more like real music, then SoundCloud is a perfect option for you. Most if not all of the music on SoundCloud is licensed under Creative Commons, which means that you are free to use the tracks as long as you follow the guidelines established by the artist (more on licensing below!) It does take a bit of savviness and work upfront to utilize the search feature, but once you get the hang of it you’ll find that there is a ton of great music from artists all over the world.

Price range: Free

8. Freeplay Music

Licensing: Creative Commons

Why we love it: Though Freeplay Music is one of the more pricey options out there in terms of background music services, their website is top notch and there are some serious gems to be found. Plus, if you’re using it for personal use only on YouTube, you’ll be able to access nearly all of their tracks for free. For businesses with a wide variety of music needs such as a video, advertisement, presentation, movie, video game, or even “YouTube kitty cat fashion show,” it’s a perfect place to grab-and-go great music.

Price range: Free (personal use) or $0.99 and up (business use)

9. IncompeTech

Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: IncompeTech is an awesome artist-run website with free music in just about every genre you can think of. What we mean by “artist-run” is that all of the tracks you’ll find on IncompeTech are created and uploaded by Kevin MacLeod. With proper attribution, users can download and use his music on a variety of project completely free. And if you’d like to use a few of his tracks without attribution there’s an option for that as well!

Price range: Free (with attribution) or starting at $20 per piece (no attribution)

10. Bensound

Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: Another artist-based website, Bensound is home to hundreds of fantastic tracks created and uploaded by artist Benjamin Tissot. Ben’s work has been featured all over the web in projects from animations, corporate videos, commercials to short films and documentaries. We love Bensound for its super easy-to-use search functionality and music that goes perfectly with your traditional business-style videos.

Price range: Free (with attribution) or 1-year unlimited downloads for $129

11. Amazon Music

Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: Did you know that Amazon has more than 56 thousand free tunes and sound tracks that you can easily incorporate in your video backgrounds? Amazon does a great job of keeping their tracks are easily organized by genre thus making it very easy for you to get a specific tune. The only small drawback when it comes to Amazon Music is the limited capability of their search function in finding just the right track for your video.

Price range: Free or premium tracks start at $0.99

12. ccMixter

Licensing: Creative Commons

Why we love it: In talking to several marketers while putting together this article, ccMixter was one of the most consistent websites mentioned for finding fantastic background music. Unlike Bensound and IncompeTech which are run by single artists, ccMixter is a community site taking contributions from thousands of artists. It offers several (set the Filter to “free for commercial use”) royalty free tracks for commercial use under Creative Commons.

Price range: Free (with attribution)

13. BeatPick

Licensing: Creative Commons

Why we love it: One of the most powerful music search engines online, BeatPick gives users the ability to filter by genre, mood, vocal, instrument, keywords, and much more. We’ve found several killer tracks on BeatPick that we’ve used in a variety of online video projects. Once you find some background music that you like, you can either add it to your “Beatlist” for later, or, click on “License Song” to find out the cost of the license.

Price range: Price varies depending on track