Royalty Free Background Music for your YouTube Videos

Royalty Free Background MusicFinding royalty free background music for your YouTube videos can often be very time consuming if you don’t know where to look. So I’m going to share with you a few sites I use to get royalty free background music.

But first, let’s clear up the myth that royalty free music is actually free music because this isn’t always the case.

What is Royalty Free Music?

Royalty free music just means when you use the music you don’t have to pay the artist a royalty or fee every time it’s played in the public domain. How you acquire the music is totally different story.

Sometimes the music is free and royalty free and other times you pay for a subscription which gives you the rights to use any music in the catalog.

The other way you’ll find royalty free background music is through attribution, which means when you use the music you must follow the license agreement which often is a link back to the artists website or similar.

Royalty Free Background Music for your YouTube Videos

So now we’ve covered the basics let’s take a look at a few places to find royalty-free background music for your YouTube videos.


Kevin MacLeod is the champion of free royalty free music and has published royalty free music for many years. It’s free to use and it’s released under the creative commons license, which means you need to add a link when you use the music.

There are over a hundred songs to choose from and some you may already recognize, such is his reach amongst YouTube creatives.

I’ve put together an exhaustive list of Royalty Free Incompetech music samples in one video so you can simply play the video and write down the songs that might be useful to you.

Each music sample is only 10 seconds long so you won’t have to wait too long for the next song to start.

And the quick links to the different music genre’s are found in the video description.

Bonus: The images found in the video are also royalty free and can be freely downloaded on

YouTube Music

There is a special section in the YouTube admin panel where you can find royalty free background music for your videos. Some require artist attribution and others don’t require any recognition at all.

I tend to use the ones without attribution for stings, or lead-in music as it saves on having to attribute the artist every time your lead-in is played.

You’ll find the free music in your, creator studio under the ‘Create’ menu item. Then select the YouTube Audio Library and start playing the tunes. They have some great filters for locating the exact style you require and you can also filter out the ones that require attribution.

YouTube Audio Library

You’ll also find a lot of sound effects here too, so it’s a great place to start when looking for your Royalty Free Music.

Epidemic Sound

I use Epidemic Sound for my stop-motion videos as it has a massive catalog of music and sound effects. It’s all royalty free background music but this website requires you to pay a subscription to access the music. Although this fee starts from a low $12 a month so it’s hardly a big strain on the hip pocket.

Often paying a few dollars to access quality background music will save you a heap of time, so you can do more of what you enjoy and make YouTube videos 🙂


This Free Royalty Free background music site is another I use on a regular basis. AudioNautix has some great tracks and some not so great tracks. All music is free to use under the creative common license.

Take what you need and then check out these other royalty free music sites.

Other Royalty Free Background Music Sites

There are plenty of other Royalty Free Background Music sites to choose from, but my advice is to find one you like and stick with it.

Check out these other websites if you have the time.

Moby Gratis – Yes that is free Moby music

F.S.M – F.SM stands for Free Soundtrack Music

DanoSongs – Donation is encouraged

Partners in Rhyme – Fees for using music

Public Domain 4U – Music that is in the public domain and free to use

Musopen – For the classical music scores you might require

So hopefully now you’ll never have to worry about finding royalty free background music for your YouTube videos ever again.

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