Free Public Domain and Creative Commons Music

Free Music

Following is a collection of free music you can legally use in movies, videos, and social media platforms without taking the chance that you will be sured, your content will be removed, or your account will be terminated. Each website offers different search functionalities, licensing options, and music experience, so make sure you understand what licenses are available, and that you follow the rules for each license. Includes public domain and Creative Commons works.

Note that a Creative Commons license license gives you permission to download and share the content, there are different degrees of freedom within it. The five most popular types of creative commons licenses are:

CC0: Unrestricted. Publish, share, modify, and commercialize the work without restrictions.
CC BY: Attribution. Unrestricted license as long as you credit the author.
CC BY-SA: Attribution-Share-Alike. Derivative works can only be distributed under the same license.
CC-BY-ND: Attribution-No-Derivatives. Derivative works and remixes not allowed.
CC BY-NC: Attribution-Non-Commercial. Cannot be used for commercial purposes.

  • Audionautix
    Free Production Music by Jason Shaw. All music is offered under Creative Commons.
  • Royalty Free Music by Bensound
    You can use Bensound's music available under the Free License (with the black download button) in your multimedia project (online videos, websites, animations, etc.) for free as long as you credit
  • Bensound
    Creative Commons music/royalty free music for multimedia projects such as videos and web applications by artist Benjamin Tissot.
  • Bump Foot
    Bump Foot is a non-profit netlabel in Japan with two main branches: the "bump" side is for techno and house, and the "foot" is side for ambient, IDM, electro pops, etc.
  • CcMixter
    Music discovery site operated by ArtisTech Media, founded by Creative Commons.
  • CCTrax
    Curated Creative Commons music. A handpicked selection of contemporary music and playlists.
  • Free Music Archive
    An interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America.
  • Free Stock Music
    Offers a 100% royalty free license that allows you to use the music in all types of productions, for worldwide distribution, forever.
  • FreePD
    Collected public domain music as well as music and sounds from Kevin MacLeo of Incompetech but that's copyright free and doesn't require attribution.
  • Freeplay Music
    Free for non-revenue personal YouTube videos & school educational presentations that don't generate revenue and aren't broadcast outside the classroom or off-campus.
  • Freeplay Music
    Free for non-revenue personal YouTube videos & school educational presentations that don't generate revenue and aren't broadcast outside the classroom or off-campus.
  • Incompetech
    Royalty Free Music and Creative Commons Music from Kevin MacLeod.
  • Mixkit Royalty Free Stock Music, Download Free MP3s for Videos
    Discover astounding free stock music tracks from a growing audio library to use in your next video editing project. All audio clips are royalty free and can be used with no attribution or sign up required. Find perfect tracks for background music for YouTube videos, podcasts, and online advertising. Enjoy unlimited downloads across genres such as hip-hop, lo-fi, cinematic and more.
  • Musopen
    Browse royalty free classical music by composer, performer, instrument, tag, form, or time period. It's designed to make our music collection easy to explore, listen to, or download for projects including YouTube videos, independent films, video games, and much more. All the music they host is royalty and copyright free.
  • Silverman Sound Studios
    All the music here is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Just give credit, and you can use the Song in any way you like!