Copyright Free Music | 7 Fantastic Places to Find Background Music for Videos, Podcasts and More (2021)

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Are you looking for copyright-free music for your YouTube videos, TikTok, ads, Instagram, and other projects?

If so, then I think you’ll find this list of resources quite valuable.

Some of these companies also provide royalty-free Sound FX and images. If you’re looking for just sound FX’s, I recommend checking out this article: Royalty-Free Sound Effects

NOTE: Even though these apps and services offer royalty-free music, you may still run into some copyright issues. Therefore, I’ve added a section of possible copyright difficulties you may encounter when using music from these sources and some suggestions to avoid said problems.

Copyright Free Music

First of all, what does Copyright Free mean?

In short, copyright-free music or royalty-free music can be used for both commercial and non-commercial usage without paying additional licensing fees and in many cases without paying any fees.

However, it is up to you to read the licensing agreements and fully understand each companies terms of service and or use.

Now with that out of the way, let’s take a look and listen to some of these music services.

Free Music From Pixabay

pixabay royalty free music

Price: Varies

What I Like: Easy to find what you’re looking for.

Cons: You still may get copyright claims on YouTube and other platforms. (See Possible Copyright Problems for details.)

Pixabay is my number one go-to for free stock photos. But did you know they also provide free music for your video projects?

Pixabay’s collection of songs is very easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for. You can search by genre, mood, and movement.

If you’re looking for some fresh sounds that you might not find anywhere else, then give them a try.

I personally never used Pixabay’s music on any of my videos but they have some great stuff. I may consider using them in the future.

Facebook Sound Collection

Facebook sound collection

Price: Free

What I Like: Shouldn’t get tagged with Facebook’s copyright ID

Cons: For Facebook only

Over 7,034 songs and about 2000 sound effects for your Facebook videos

More info:


Price: $12.42 /month for music, sound FX, and loops.

What I Like: They are always adding new high-quality music.

All sound songs can be downloaded as WAV files or MP3 .

Unlimited Royalty-Free Music & SFX
Download all the music, sound effects, and loops you need with a low-cost subscription.

Genres: Ambient, Blues, Bumpers & Stingers, Chill Out, Cinematic, Classical, Corporate, Country, Electronic, Hip Hop, Holidays & Special Events, Horror, Jazz, Kids & Family.

Moods: Angry, Dark, Epic, Happy, Inspiring, Love, Playful, Relaxing, Sad, Serious.

Check them out: Audioblocks

Copyright Free Music Inside Garageband


Price: GarageBand in iMovie are free programs for Mac users and come with 100’s of Jingles that can be used royalty-free.

What I Like: Many variations of the same jingle. Short, medium, and long. Great for intros, outros, and full-length tracks.

If you’re a Mac user you have thousands of free samples available to you within Garageband and iMovie.

Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X provide even more sounds.

These samples are also known as Apple Loops and have ended up in hit songs from Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and more.

The drum loop from Rihanna’s “Umbrella” is Vintage Funk Kit 03, it could be found in the loop browser in GarageBand or Logic Pro X.

Rihanna’s Umbrella vintage funk garage band sample

To find jingles in GarageBand or Logic Pro X open up the application and navigate to the apple loop browser and search for jingles.

You will find a nice collection of jingles that are available in multiple lengths.

There are also variations of the same jingle that makes it great for intros outros and longer projects.

Tip: You are so fine thousands of sound effects inside the loop browser as well.

Download More Free Sounds

You can download additional sounds from within GarageBand, Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, and iMovie. They don’t install all these samples on your computer from the factory because they take up a lot of space on your hard drive.

New free sound packs are available periodically as well.

Find Free Jingles On Your Mac

Here’s a quick way to find the jingles on your Mac without opening any applications. You will still need to open the programs to download any additional sounds that are available as mentioned above.

First, go to your hard drive (YOUR HARDDRIVE NAME) then /Library/ Audio/Apple loops/Apple. Inside the Apple folder, you will find many other folders appropriately named to sound category.


YouTube Audio Library

YouTube audio library

Price: Free

What I Like: Awesome high-quality songs pre-cleared to use on YouTube without the threat of copyright claims.

Note: For use on YouTube videos only.

YouTube audio library is your most reliable source for your YouTube videos. Why? You’re less likely to get copyright claims on your videos because YouTube already has clearance for these songs. (See more about copyright claims below.)

With YouTube’s audio and sound library you can find free music by genre, mood, instrument, duration, and attribution. They also provide free sound FX.

NOTE: Some songs state you must give credit to the artist in your video descriptions.

Use this song

Search there library here: Youtube Audio Library


Price: Free

Cons: Limited collections of songs.

What I Like: Music that is published to YouTube Content ID or Facebook Content ID Network is not eligible for submission.

Looking for some happy, grimy, energy, heavy, chilled, or sad songs? Check out Unminus.

Unminus offers songs that aren’t available on YouTube or Facebook’s libraries, So you’re likely to find some unique offerings here.

Make Your Own Music Fast & Easy with SessionBand

Price: Varies, Typically around $1.99 to $9.99 Can also be bought in bundles.

What I like: Inexpensive, very simple to use, and creates awesome sounding music.

Cons: iOS only (wave files of the collection are sold separately but are only for experienced users)

Create studio-quality Soul, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Ukulele music, EDM, Piano, acoustic guitar tracks, and more in a few minutes.

Session band app for iOS so quick and easy way to make music for your backing videos and such.

Each app is sold separately but they are relatively inexpensive. Heres what collections they offer:

Soul Jazz Funk  Vol 1, Jazz Vol 1,2, & 3, Rock, Country, Ukulele, Acoustic Guitars Vol 1 & 2, Piano Vol 1 & 2, EDM, Deep House, Blues, Drums, And their original SessionBand app that has mixed styles such as Pop and Reggae.

Anyone can create and release professional tracks with SessionBand.

Here’s a quick demo of the Soul Jazz Funk Vol. 1 SessionBand app. Just enter a few chords and how long you want the song to be and it magically creates a track for you. ( VIDEO REMOVED)

Possible Copyright Problems

One of the biggest problems with using stock music and effects is that you will sometimes still get copyright claims on YouTube.

First a disclaimer: I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. This is just some information based on my experience with YouTube copyright claims over the last 8 years.

Watch the video below for some best practices to avoid some of these problems.

Every now and then I’ll get a copyright claim that looks like something like this.

In this case, I know that the music that I used is royalty-free and I’m able to file a counterclaim.

For this example, the music in question was created with the iOS app SessionBand so I simply reply with a message like this:

This video was made with the loops and sounds from the iOS app SessionBand and incorporates sounds and loops under a non-exclusive license agreement. Therefore the video does not infringe anyone’s copyright. Please release this claim.

After filing the counterclaim, the company or person has up to 30 days to review the information you provided and take action. If they agree with your dispute, they can release the claim at any time. If they disagree, they can choose to uphold it, and the claim will remain active on your video.

After filing a counterclaim.

More on YouTube copyright claims.


I hope you discovered some valuable resources for your upcoming projects.
Have you used any of these copyright-free music services?
What other services have you tried?
Have you had any problems with copyright claims?
Share your experiences in the comments.

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wilson kume · May 15, 2020 at 12:02 am

I know that finding a good article does not come by so easily so I must commend your effort in creating such a beautiful website and writing an article to help others with useful information like this.hmm!

this is so cool, I think is a free way to getting few things done using the free beats segment, the copyright free-music makes it easier for one to be a producer without much stress, and also they provide free sounds for video projects, for the mac users I think the audio mac is a nice one for mixing and mastery too as there are over a 1000 free beats. Thanks for sharing this with us, am gonna wipe some music all of this.

    Greg · May 15, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for the comment.

Brandon · May 14, 2020 at 12:10 am

Cheers for all this valuable information. I am a YouTube video creator and lately I have been getting banned for my music I’ve been putting on my videos. I didn’t realize that this could happen, but it sucks because videos I’ve invested lots of hours in have gone completely to waste. I hope to use these platforms to eliminate that problem and can hopefully stop getting my vids removed. Thanks a lot.

    Greg · May 14, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    You’re welcome.

Chimmhogevagreenesnr · May 14, 2020 at 12:09 am

Hello there! this is very cool for me as it will help my youtube videos to get cool songs in the background which is exciting. Thank you very much for sharing this with me, its helpful for me. I will love to get it and also share with my friends who I think will need it also.

evans · May 14, 2020 at 12:09 am

Awesome article on copy right free music for your affiliate marketing…You have done a very nice job putting all of these apps for free music..I really did love your preview as I did get alot information for your preview and I really look forward to to seeing more of your intriguing articles…hope to see more of your articles

    Greg · May 14, 2020 at 9:26 pm


Philebur · May 14, 2020 at 12:08 am

Hello there, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say I really enjoyed going through your article. I have a friend that I think would really find this review very useful to her for her youtube channel, I will have to share this with her. Thanks for sharing

    Greg · May 15, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Indeed, you’re welcome.

Sharon · May 14, 2020 at 12:07 am

Wow! The essence of a good background music can never be under rated and I really like what I’m seeing here. To be honest, I really appreciate every bit of this information as I was thinking of going into podcasting too beside, this would help my YouTube channel  a lot. Thanks

    Greg · May 15, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    You’re welcome.

Justin · May 14, 2020 at 12:05 am

Soundtracks play a very vital role in videos and I must say a good soundtrack helps in the projection of some particular scenes just as the producer wants it. 

I am a big fan of video making and although I’m not really into some big aspects of it just yet, I would love to make do of this article. Audioblock has been one site I have known for a while now and I wouldn’t stop making use of it. I hope to try some others you have mentioned 

    Greg · May 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Awesome, thanks Justin

Nuttanee · May 14, 2020 at 12:03 am

Thank you so much for sharing all these 7 places to get the background music. Lately, since I have a lot of times on my hand, I want to go back and make my youtube video again. 

I did not know that Pixabay offer free music?! I use it all the time to get the pictures for my blog. I have to check all of them. Thanks! 

    Greg · May 16, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Indeed, you’re welcome.

Henderson · May 14, 2020 at 12:01 am

Selecting good music for out stuff sometimes can be hard mostly because of copyright issues and the same thing goes for our pictures when we need to make a website post or those pictures or music we might need for our YouTube videos. I think your post really helps a lot in explaining so much. Thanks for sharing.

    Greg · May 16, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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