• Cutting Content Team

3 Royalty-Free Music Websites for Content Creators [And 3 Paid Sites]

Updated: Mar 21

The right background music can take your video from a 6 or 7 to a solid 9, folks. Not only do audio tracks cue viewers to anticipate the action to come and the mood, but it also sets the overall tone of your brand and keep the audience hooked.

But let’s be real, most of us don’t have the time, budget, or knowledge to create custom audio tracks or buy the commercial rights for every track we use.

That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best copyright-free websites which have music for content creators for all budgets.

Copyright-free means you can be stress-free, knowing your video won’t get taken down due to any copyright violations.

You can save some minutes right now by heading to DailyCutting’s audio library, which has hundreds of diverse audio tracks to choose from. Whether you make YouTube videos or are a brand working on a promotional video, you’ll find something that fits your requirements.

There’s also the option to import your desired audio track from one of the sites in this list to DailyCutting and put it all together with our intuitive video editor.

Crop and trim to your heart’s desire, add graphics, sharp titles, record a voiceover, and more. All of this without ever having to switch to another page or double-checking if an audio track can be used for commercial purposes or not.

Check out our plans here to know more. Also head here for tips on using music in your video.

Now, onto the rest of those no copyright music websites!

Copyright Free vs Royalty Free

Royalty free is not the same as copyright-free. Head here https://www.soundstripe.com/blogs/what-copyright-royalty-free-music-means for more information on royalty free music. The best practice is to always check the licensing info around a stock music source and whether it can even be used. It's important to know these rules and regulations around music licensing.

And even for freely available content, attributing the creator should be a standard practice, even if that’s not explicitly mentioned.

Where To Get Free No Copyright Music For Videos

When you’re getting audio tracks for free, it is expected that the content it’s being used in is created for personal and not business purposes. That’s also something to consider if you decide to use an external audio library website.

Here are a few websites where you can find copyright free background music:


MixKit

https://mixkit.co/

Pros:

  • The website’s filters make it super easy to find tracks (you can filter by mood, genre, and tag)

  • Huge music library with 200+ tracks

  • Descriptions of the tracks (eg. instruments used and mood) are mentioned alongside each waveform

Cons:

  • Limited library


BenSound

https://www.bensound.com/

Pros:

  • Huge sound effects library

Cons:

  • Can be hard to find a song that fits a certain mood via the Search function

  • Audio cannot be used for audiobooks, podcasts, remixing, or music production projects

Free Music Archive

https://freemusicarchive.org/


Pros:

  • Extensive collection of audio tracks

  • One of the only free sites with royalty-free music that can be used even in commercial projects (not just personal projects)

Cons:

  • Can be hard to find a song that fits a certain mood via the Search function

  • Audio cannot be used for audiobooks, podcasts, remixing, or music production projects


Affordable Music for Content Creators

Epidemic Sound

(Starts at $15/mo for personal social media platforms) https://www.epidemicsound.com/


Pros:

  • Extremely popular –trusted and reliable

  • Super intuitive interface and search options

  • One of the biggest audio libraries in this list with 35,000+ tracks

  • Offers 30-day free trial

Cons:

  • May be harder to find free music for content creators that others aren’t using

Check out the full details on their pricing here https://www.epidemicsound.com/pricing/

HookSounds

(Starts at $29/mo)


Pros:

  • Handpicked selection of unique audio tracks created by their in-house team

  • Multi-tier pricing plans available to suit your needs

  • Custom tracks option

  • Unlimited downloads

Cons:

  • Prices are on the steeper side

Check out HookSound’s pricing here https://www.hooksounds.com/licensing/

TuneReel

(Starts at $69/annually for personal use)

Pros:

  • Extremely popular –trusted and reliable

  • Super intuitive interface and search options

  • One of the biggest audio libraries in this list with popular music

  • Offers 30-day free trial

Cons:

  • Harder to find more unique tracks that others aren’t using

  • Subscription price is hefty even for personal use

Head here https://tunereel.com/pricing for more information on TuneReel’s pricing plans.


Wrapping Up: Music for Content Creators

Now that you’ve got all these resources for audio tracks, it’s time to find the one that tells your story best.

And don’t forget to check out DailyCutting!

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