50+ Royalty-Free Stock Music Sites

by | May 10, 2010 | Music | 46 comments

Have I mentioned I’m a prodigious list-maker?

I am….my shrink has yet to explain the significance.

With Google around, it may seem a moot point, but then again, Google only provides search results, and the list I have here today is sifted, winnowed, filtered and somewhat vetted.

Voice-Actors are always looking for royalty-free, stock music, music beds, sound effects, looped tracks, and public domain music (must be 1922 or older, BTW).

HERE‘s a great site that explains public domain, copywriting, and music copying principles. Reading below, you’ll see a list that I’ve compiled from — first — my trusted friends at the VO-BB (Voice Over Bulletin Board), and secondly from a Google search using the terms “royalty-free”, “music-beds”, “public domain”, and “stock music”.

I can tell you that I visited each site, and found them all to be exactly what they claim to be.  Not all sites are made the same, but you’ll see a lot of similarities among them:  free download samples, graduated pricing structures, an occasional calendar special, packaged specials, and a spectrum of music genres.

Digging into some of the sites will yield sections that offer looped tracks, special effects, stingers, and sound effects. I’d recommend checking out the first ten-or-so on the list before going deeper…but they’re all genuine.

CourVO

http://www.digitaljuice.com/

http://www.footagefirm.com/

http://www.pond5.com/

http://www.stock20.com/commerce/index.php

http://www.mymusicsource.com/

http://www.yopo.co.uk/

http://www.radio-mall.com/stxold.htm

http://www.tracksnow.com/shopping/catalog/

http://www.shockwave-sound.com/

http://www.sound-ideas.com/

http://www.freeplaymusic.com/

http://www.flyinghands.com/

http://www.cssmusic.com/

http://www.smartsound.com/

http://www.soundsnap.com/

http://www.findsounds.com/

http://www.killertracks.com

http://www.musicbakery.com/

http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/

http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/

http://www.mediamonkey.com/

http://www.pacdv.com/sounds/free-music.html

http://incompetech.com/static/music/

http://www.publicdomain4u.com/

http://www.publicdomain4u.com/

http://derekaudette.ottawaarts.com/music.php

http://www.stockmusicstore.com

http://www.freemusicbeds.com/

http://www.mysourcefor.org

http://www.freshmusic.com/

http://www.audiomicro.com/

http://www.beatsuite.com/

http://www.opuzz.com/

http://www.premiumbeat.com/

http://www.royalty-free.tv/

http://audiojungle.net/

http://www.primaryelements.com/

http://www.loopsound.com/

http://www.iamusic.com/

http://www.whitebeetle.com/

http://www.pdinfo.com/

http://beatdock.com/

http://www.productiontrax.com/

http://www.buyabeat.com/

http://www.studiocutz.com/

http://www.stockmusicsite.com/

http://www.allmusiclibrary.com/

http://www.buyoutmusictracks.com/

http://www.sounddogs.com/

http://www.sfxsource.com/

http://www.bbm.net/

http://www.stonewashed.net/buyoutmusic.html

http://www.footagefirm.com/

(Author’s note:  the following two added 5-20-10 from suggestions of the ones I missed – also see next blog article)

(another added 6-13-10)

(another added 6-25-10)
http://www.musicrevolution.com

(another added 12-14-10)
(another added 3-15-11)
(another added 6-11-11)
(this one added 8-17-11)
(added 3-15-12)

added (8-28-12)

http://www.grooveoption.com/

added (1-24-13)
http://www.dl-sounds.com/

added (6-10-13)
http://www.soundtaxi.net/en/

(added 7-27-13)

(added 1-26-14)
UniqueTracks Production Music Library http://www.uniquetracks.com

(added 12-27-15)

(added 3-27-18)
https://www.foximusic.com

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46 Comments

  1. Guy Lewis

    Hi Dave, if you get the chance It would be great to see you add AmbientMusicGarden.com to your list as we offer all our music royalty free as well.

    Many thanks,

    Guy Lewis

    Reply
  2. Levi

    I’m with Greg. I have used http://www.royaltyfreemusiclibrary.com twice. Music is good and licensing is easy to understand. (which isn’t always the case with some royalty free sites)

    Reply
  3. Ian Kirton

    Hi Dave,
    I would really appreciate it if you could take a look at our new royalty free music site and maybe add it to your list. http://www.music2license.com.

    Best wishes,

    Ian Kirton.

    Reply
  4. Brad Whiting

    That’s a great list, I do a lot of multimedia for work, so I’m always looking for more music to add to my library.

    Reply
  5. ajlst21

    I like the list, not sure if this made it or not, but there is plenty of decent SFX and audio and music over there… http://stockfuel.com

    Reply
    • CourVO

      Thanks, Alexander…I’ll add the link to the list.

      DC

      Reply
  6. Jerry

    Wow! This is a fantastic list of royalty-free stock music sites. Thank you so much for taking the time to share them with us here. This will save us an awful lot of time with voice over and video production! And the fact that you actually took the time to check each one of the 50+ websites out yourself is an added plus. I will DEFINITELY be blogging about this and sharing your website with my readers over at my blog, http://cheapvoiceoversandvideos.blogspot.com/. You offer a lot of truly valuable resources for the voice over community. Thanks again!

    Reply
    • CourVO

      Jerry,

      Thanks for visiting and commenting those kind words.

      I appreciate the link…

      write soon, write often,

      Dave C

      Reply
  7. Leanne

    Another site to be added to this list is http://www.stockmusic.net. We provide royalty free music licensing for all media forms and do custom composing as well. Not to mention we have witty and fun track descriptions so that you don’t get bored as you browse.

    🙂

    Thanks for making the list!

    Reply
    • CourVO

      Thanks for writing, Leane! I’ll be sure to add it to the list!

      Dave C

      Reply
  8. Charles Johnson

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    We’ve worked with such fine organizations as the British Columbia Ministry
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    Thanks C.J.

    Charles Johnson
    Koenig Media, LLC

    Reply
    • CourVO

      Charles,

      Thanks for tipping me off to this site. I chuckled about your reference to “my students”. This is just a blog for VO talent where I share whatever information I come across that enables my peers.

      I’m not only going to add your site to the current list on the previous article, but I blogged about soundbible.com and other recent adds to the list on Today’s blog.

      I appreciate your stopping by to let us know!

      Dave C

      Reply
  9. TheGuy

    Killertracks.com is not rights managed, not royalty free

    Reply
    • CourVO

      Thanks for stopping by, “guy”…

      Educate me/us. What’s the discinction here? Is Killertracks.com illegal? Is Killertracks.com breaking some rules? Does in not belong in this list? In short…can you flesh-out your comment a little.

      I’d really like to know.

      Thanks for taking the time to raise the flag.

      Dave C

      Reply
  10. Manuel

    Hello people,
    I want to share a new royalty free music site with pianos music tracks
    There are many genres and moods with high quality sound.
    http://www.royaltyfreepianos.com

    Reply
  11. Heather Farrar

    Needed a sound effect for a project and realized you were the guru who put this together a few blogs back. Went to you site here did a simple search and BAM! got what I needed…thanks Dave…you certainly are amazing!

    Reply
  12. Bill

    Hi Dave
    Like your list.
    There are many players out there..

    You can also check http://www.themusicase.com and included in your list if you want.
    i am working the last 5 years on royalty free music industry as an independent film maker and stock music libraries saved me a lot of time.

    thanks.

    Reply
    • CourVO

      Bill,

      You’re great for stopping by and letting me know about that. I’ve added it to the list.

      Let me know if there’s ever anything I can do for you.

      best,

      Dave Courvoisier

      Reply
    • CourVO

      Hi Wesley,

      I’d like to thank you on behalf of my readers for this generous offer. I’m including you in the 50+ Royalty-Free Stock Music sites list if that’s OK.

      I’m also adding you to an update blog I’m writing today on this article, since I also got a similar message from another visitor: Jean Anfossi. Know her?

      Best to you, and thanks for stopping by to comment!

      Dave Courvoisier

      Reply
    • CourVO

      Thanks for this link, Mathias…I’ve added it to that particular blog article.

      Dave C

      Reply
  13. Frederique Desmarais

    Hi Dave,

    Royalty Free Music with free download is also available from http://www.royaltyfreeze.com
    The free tracks on offer are changed a few times per month.
    I find it an excellent source for original tracks.

    Regards,
    Frederique

    Reply
  14. Kate

    Hey Dave,

    I am totally new to the notion of purchasing music, but am embarking on a small video project that will require music. Regarding respect for copyrights, I am concerned that I might download something that is not legit. Is there a verified clearing house that can confirm that a particular stock music site is legit? Dave, I’d be so very grateful for your input.

    Thanks!

    Reply
  15. Marc

    Hi Dave,
    great list! but It seems you missed another one of the top addresses for royalty free music, Soundtaxi.net.
    I’d really appreciate, if you could add it. Thx a lot for checking it out!

    best,
    Marc

    Reply
    • CourVO

      Thanks, Marc,

      Now added to the list!

      Dave Courvoisier

      Reply
  16. Ambient Guy

    On a slightly different slant, if you are looking for royalty free music to use in the background of your business, say for example, a cafe, restaurant, retail store etc, then http://www.melodypods.com offers up a simple way to play legal royalty free music in your business using smartphone and tablet apps. So not a traditional track download licensing website for production music needs but still royalty free background music.

    Reply
    • CourVO

      Thanks!

      I’ve added this link to the list in that article.

      I appreciate your stopping by my blog.

      dave courvoisier

      Reply
  17. David Geary

    Hi Dave,

    We have yet another site for your list.
    UniqueTracks Production Music Library
    http://www.uniquetracks.com
    Online since 1998

    Nice comprehensive list
    Dave G.

    Reply
  18. android answers

    Thanks for finally talking about >50+ Royalty-Free Stock Music Sites | Dave Courvoisier’s
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    Reply
  19. Yoav

    Thanks for that amazing list!
    I would like to add Foximusic.com – which offers free downloads (credit needed).

    Best,
    Yoav

    Reply
    • CourVO

      Thanks, CC! Hope all is well!

      Dave C

      Reply
  20. Cody

    Thanks for that amazing list!

    Reply

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