Having the right song or background music can make or break a video. Seriously, check out Star Wars without the music.
Definitely in the “break” category.
But YouTube can sometimes make it tricky to find the right music for your channel due to a little thing called ContentID. ContentID is YouTube’s system for identifying and managing copyrighted content. It has it’s fair share of issues, but overall it’s a pretty ingenious and effective system, much to the dismay of anyone who wants to use copyrighted music in their videos. That’s when you turn to Royalty Free Music. Royalty free music is music that artists have created and either contributed to the public domain or created with the intention of being copyright free. The music is free to use, although sometimes it requires attribution (giving credit).
And a lot of it is absolute garbage.
But not all of it! Here are a few places to find royalty free music that doesn’t suck.
YOUTUBE’S AUDIO LIBRARY –
YOUTUBE CHANNELS – Downloads are located in the ABOUT section of the videos. Just expand the box.
EXTERNAL SITES –
OTHER OPTIONS –
SoundCloud is host to tons and tons of famous songs remixed by independant DJs. Because they’re remixes, they fall under Fair Use and are thus perfectly fine to use in your content. Go to SoundCloud and search for a remix of your favorite song to use! The DJs themselves may have a certain type is licensing on their remixes though, so always be sure to check! It’s important to note that just because you CAN use a song without attributing, doesn’t mean you should. Always be sure to throw props to whomever you’re getting music from!
Use Copyrighted Content Anyway
I mean… you could do that.
Keep in mind that using and monetizing copyrighted content is against YouTube ToS. Violating ToS may get your account banned and using copyrighted content may result in legal action against you. You’re taking a bit of a risk if you decide to just go ahead and use a copyrighted song anyway. I can’t stop you, but I wouldn’t advise it.
Know any other great sites or channels for royalty free music? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll add them to the list!