Many experts predicted that 2017–2018 would be the “age of video marketing on social media” and the data is showing that they were overwhelmingly correct.
Video has erupted onto the scene with brands and businesses creating more video than ever before — with no signs of slowing down.
Consumers are loving it, too! HubSpot, for example, found that 43% of people want to see more video content from marketers. And that 51.9% of marketing professionals worldwide name video as the type of content with the best ROI.
But one aspect of creating video content that’s often overlooked is finding the background music.
We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best places to find high-quality background music for video .
As many of you might have experienced, finding quality background music for video can be a huge challenge.
There are hundreds of websites out there with millions of songs to choose from. And each website offers different search functionalities, licensing options, and music experience.
We tested out more than 50 online music libraries and dwindled it down to 13 of our favorites.
Here’s a nifty infographic summarizing our findings with details, links, and best-practices for creating engaging videos below!
1. Epidemic Sound
Licensing: Royalty free
Why we love it: Epidemic Sound is one of our favorite places to find high-quality background music for video. Their easy-to-use search functionality and music offerings are some of the best in the business making it super easy to quickly find just the right music for your video. Music licensing can be a bit tricky, but Epidemic Sound bundles all of the legal rights you’ll need into on simple license that you can use across all platforms.
Pricing: Licensing starting at $0.99 and Subscriptions starting at $12/month
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Licensing: Free (public domain) & Creative Commons
Why we love it: We’ve used a ton of the free songs available in YouTube’s massive audio library. Their search functionality allows you to sort by genre, instrument, duration, attribution, and even mood. But I love going with the “popularity” filter which allows me to quickly view which songs are most downloaded by users. To access YouTube Audio Library, simply click on the link above, or from your YouTube account, go to Creator Studio > Create > Audio Library.
Price range: Public domain & Creative Commons
Bonus: Don’t have a YouTube channel yet? No worries! Here’s our complete guide on getting started with YouTube
Licensing: Royalty Free
Why we love it: If you’ve ever searched online for a WordPress theme, chances are you’ve stumbled across ThemeForest under Envato Market at one time or another. Envato Market has more than 3 million digital products created by a global community of contributors. It’s huge! So it’s no surprise that you can also find top-of-the-line background music for video here as well. AudioJungle offers creators more than 586,000 tracks from pop to heavy metal to music kits and sound effects. No matter what style of music you’re looking for, you’ll find it on AudioJungle.
Price range: Tracks starting at $1
Licensing: Royalty free
Why we love it: AudioBlocks is our go-to source for music and sound effects on the Buffer Podcast as well as a variety of videos we’ve created for social media. Along with your AudioBlocks subscription, you’ll get access to unlimited downloads of hundreds of thousands of tracks, loops, sound effects, and collections. One of my favorite features of their search functionality is the ability to use a slide bar to specify the exact length of a track I’m looking for — quite useful for specific timing in videos!
Price range: Unlimited downloads start at $99/year
Licensing: Public domain & Creative Commons
Why we love it: Free Music Archive (directed by WFMU) is one of the most prolific websites online for discovering a range of curated background music and sounds for all types of content. They even offer a “Spoken Word” genre! All MP3 tracks on FMA are pre-cleared and legal to use in a variety of situations that would otherwise be restricted by copyright laws. FMA offers more than 1,500 public domain tracks (licensed for commercial use) as well as thousands more under Creative Commons giving marketers and creators a plethora of options.
Price range: Free
We have shown the top 5 sites here - to check out the other sites listed in the full post go to the Original Buffer post HERE