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Where Do I Find Free Music for YouTube Videos?

Do you have a YouTube channel? Are you wanting to find the perfect music to add to your freshly edited videos, but don’t want to break the bank? If you are looking for free music to add to your YouTube videos, this is the place to be!

Free music for YouTube videos can be found YouTube Audio Library, Free Music Archive, Soundcloud, Thematic, Unminus, and CCHound. These websites give access to free music that is frequently used for YouTube videos. While not all of the songs on these websites are free, many are publicly used.

If you would like to learn more details about each of these websites like what types of music you can find on them and how they work, keep reading to find out!

YouTube Audio Library

In terms of adding music specifically to a YouTube video, YouTube Audio Library is the most convenient, accessible platform to find music on. This is mostly due to the fact that if you have a YouTube account already set up, you automatically have access to this music source that is directly associated with YouTube, giving you a smooth, seamless experience in adding music to your video.

That being said, if you are wanting to avoid the multiple steps of having to download the song from an outside source and then upload it to YouTube separately, then YouTube Audio Library is the way to go.

One of the luxuries you will experience as you use this platform is its search capability. As you search for a song in the search bar, songs will appear in the order of how frequently they are downloaded. This is beneficial if you are wanting to implement songs that are popular at the moment, to increase views on your YouTube video. Your viewers will also know that you are paying attention to trends that they like as well.

Free Music Archive

This platform catches the eyes of many that are looking for free music for their YouTube videos, hence the title. Free Music Archive is owned by a fair trade music licensing business known as “Tribe of Noise”. “Tribe of Noise” and then consequently, Free Music Archive are both well known for their support and encouragement of streaming and downloading of songs from lesser-known, independent artists.

In addition to promoting independent artists, this platform also has a library that consists of over 150,000 songs that include a selection of songs from all over the world. This gives you a wide range of various cultural music to choose from if that is what you’re looking for.

If you are new to the world of finding free music to use in your YouTube videos, this website takes that into consideration and has a FAQ page that gives you a brief rundown of the basics of downloading free music, including warnings and tips that are good to watch out for as you begin searching through the many different options there are throughout the internet.


Soundcloud may be the one on this list that sounds the most familiar, that is because it is increasing in popularity throughout its use and acknowledgment throughout the internet and several social media platforms. This clout is rightfully deserved as there are over 265 million songs to choose from. If you are looking for a platform that is going to give you options, this is the one for you.

This is also a great platform if you are passionate about supporting independent artists. Every time you play an artist’s song through the Soundcloud streaming service, you are helping them make money. The more the artist is streamed, the more money they make.

The one warning that should be given regarding downloading and using music from Soundcloud is that while the majority of the music is free, not all of it is. You have to read the fine print and be aware of what music requires payment and what music is available for free.


Thematic is the most recommended and popular platform for music for your YouTube videos. If you aren’t already scourging this website for the best music to up your YouTube video, then you should be. While simply just visiting the website can give you access to a number of songs initially, you will not receive access to the full library until you sign up to be a member. Once you become a member, you have the full-fledged ability to play and choose any song you can find.

While your access is free, there are some guidelines that members of the Thematic community must follow. When you download and use a song in your YouTube video from Thematic, you must copy the attribution link from the website and put that in the description box of the video that contains the song. If you were to use the song on other platforms such as Instagram or Twitter, you would place the attribution link in the caption.


If something you are looking for in a music platform is variety, then Unminus is a great option. Although it has a wide range of genres available, there is not a large number of total songs to choose from. You should also know that new music isn’t added frequently either, so if you are wanting to know when music is added to their library, you can subscribe to their newsletter and stay up to date.

Unminus also falls under a Creative Commons license, meaning that you can use their songs in any way you want, without payment or attribution.


Those who are seasoned in the use of music from various platforms, know that there are songs that are better than others, and to find them is often an endeavor. CCHound is a platform that was created by people like this and used as a place to house all of the songs that are worth the download. The downside is that the selection of songs is rarely updated, so the songs that are available are not exactly today’s hits.

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