10 Places to Get Background Music for Video

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The time is now to start creating video for your social media platforms, but it is important to use the correct music for your content and comply with all licenses.

To make things easy for you we have compiled a list of 10 fantastic places to find background music for your video content.

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Youtube Audio Library

YouTube Audio

Licensing: Royalty free (attribution required when necessary).

Pricing: Free

What you need to know: YouTube Audio gives you access to high-quality 320kbs audio tracks and sound effects for free. Some tracks have a ‘person’ icon next to it which requires you to credit the original artist in your video description. You can search tracks where attribution is not required if you are only after free music. YouTube Audio also gives you the option to filter your search results by genre, mood, instrument or duration.



Licensing: Royalty free.

Pricing: $49/year. Standard license for personal and corporate online video use.

What you need to know: Jamendo has a catalogue of over 200,000 royalty free songs. It is easily one of the most aesthetically pleasing music websites to use with a sleek, modern design and simple navigation. With 1000 tracks added monthly, you will definitely get value for money if you are after a paid subscription.

Audio Blocks

Audio Blocks

Licensing: Royalty free.

Pricing: $125/year gives you unlimited royalty free audio tracks.

What you need to know: This is easily one of the best websites to browse music. Simply move your curser over a track and it will begin playing instantly. Filter your results by mood, genre, instruments and tempo. With over 100,000 tracks it is hard to find better value for money and user experience than Audio Blocks.



Licensing: Creative commons.

Pricing: Free

What you need to know: If you are on a budget and need free music then SoundCloud is the place to go. You are free to use the tracks as long as you adhere to the guidelines set by the artist. This can be a little trickier than using other royalty-free music websites and is not as easy as buying a subscription and doing a one-click download, but it is FREE!



Licensing: Royalty free (attribution required) for YouTube, Facebook or other social media use.

Pricing: Approx. $170/year. Standard License gives you lifetime rights to mp3 and wav files.

What you need to know: Bensound is simple to navigate with images and a brief description about each track to make your browsing experience as easy as possible. Acoustic/folk, corporate/pop, funky/groove are some popular genres that will suit your social media videos.

Premium Beat     

Premium beat

Licensing:  Royalty Free.

Pricing: $49/year for online/social media use.

What you need to know: A very basic website and smaller library than most but comes at a reasonable subscription price. Premium Beat gives you the option to browse genre, mood, length or instruments. If you won’t be making too many videos give this website a look.

Purple Planet Music                   

Purple Planet music

 Licensing: Royalty free (attribution required) for YouTube, Facebook or other social media use.

Pricing: $5 Non-Broadcast standard license. High Quality wav and no attribution required.

What you need to know: Purple planet music is an easy to use website that offers a vast array of music selections for all projects. Upbeat, dance, retro, jazz, uplifting loops are just some of the music you can choose from.


IMA tunes

Licensing: Royalty free

Pricing: $90 for commercial license (online videos, social media).

What you need to know:

IMAtunes have a large collection of music, although their website is a little bit cluttered and not as easy to use as some other websites on this list. The downside to IMAtunes is that they don’t offer a infographic displaying what your license you allows you to do, which is something almost every other music website has.

Motion Elements

Motion elements

Licensing: Royalty free.

Pricing: Tracks from $5

What you need to know: Motion Elements provide background music and sound effects with a library of over 300,000 tracks. The website is easy to navigate and gives you the option to pay for tracks as you go instead of opting for a subsription.


Take tones

Licensing: Royalty Free/Creative Commons.

Pricing: Free

What you need to know: Taketones is a great source of free music if you don’t mind crediting the website in your video description. You can browse genres, mood or instruments. The website is a little outdated but is a great source for free music.

Sean graduated from Murdoch University in 2017 and went from intern to Account Manager with Coffey & Tea. He also contributes to Social Media Perth.