The 25 Best Stock Music Sites
If you’ve been thinking about getting an explainer video made for your business, you may be interested to know where the music comes from. The vast majority of production companies don’t actually create their own music. Instead, they license it from services who, in turn, license it from musicians. There are options for every budget and style, and different sites have their own features worth considering.
Here now, in no particular order, are the 25 Best Stock Music sites.
While mainly known as a stock video footage site, POND5 also has a strong selection of music tracks available to purchase — over half a million, in fact. With an easy search system that has filters for style, budget, length, and more, they rank highly as a stock music option. They even have over 2,000 tracks available completely free of charge!
2. Premium Beat
Premium Beat is one of the
3. Amazing Music Tracks
What makes Amazing Music Tracks stand out is their extremely detailed search filters. For example, if you’re looking for a rock soundtrack, there are dozens of sub-genres just for rock alone! You can search by decade (need something that sounds like
With a comprehensive search function front and center, Tunefruit is a go-to when you’ve got a song or band already in mind. For example, I was looking for a royalty-free rock track that sounded like something the 90s grunge legends Nirvana would have made. I simply typed “Nirvana” into the main page search and was instantly given over 20 tracks that fit the sound.
While many stock music sites offer membership packages in addition to single track purchasing options, Artlist focuses on the subscription concept. Because of this, you have the opportunity to get a great deal if you use a lot of music. For less than $20 USD a month,
6. Music Vine
When it comes to stock music, you’ve probably noticed a wide range of quality. Sometimes you come across tracks that sound as if they were made by some guy in his bedroom in two hours. And sometimes that’s all you need — just a simple beat that gives a bit of life to your explainer video. Music Vine is the opposite of that. Music Vine may only have a
7. Epidemic Sound
In a world of corporate jingles, Epidemic Sound is a premium service for those who are looking for the best-sounding tracks available. With a layout that looks more like a record store, Epidemic is almost as much of a journey into new music as it is a stock music site.
Continuing the trend of hip-ness, Jamendo also works with talented indie musicians and songwriters. With an equally as impressive layout as Song Freedom, you also can easily browse spotlighted and exclusive tracks.
Another one of the heavy hitters of royalty-free music, and for good reason. Audioblocks has multiple monthly plans starting as low as about 8 bucks a month for five downloads and stretching to $30 USD for unlimited downloads of music, sound effects, stock video, graphics, and more. They are another one of the “supermarkets” of
Bensound is a fantastic choice for royalty-free music for people of all needs. While most sites focus on business licenses and a few
While some of the sites mentioned in this blog also provide sound effects, Soundstripe features them prominently as an add-on to their subscription service. With pricing available monthly or yearly, Soundstripe has a solid library of good music and FX to choose from.
12. Purple Planet
In a world of giant corporations, Purple Planet
13. Hook Sounds
So far we’ve talked entirely about music sites for business use. Hook Sounds has a good selection for that, but what sets them apart is their “Use and Mention” program for personal use. Let’s say you’re interested in putting together a family vacation video and tossing it up on YouTube. Hook Sounds
14. Dig CC Mixter
What does the name mean? I’m not sure. What I am sure of is how cool Dig CC Mixter is. All their music is free — yes, even for corporate use. Simply give proper credit where credits are put and you’re free to use their tracks any way you like. It’s a fantastic option for startups on a shoestring budget.
15. Audio Network
Audio Network has been in the
As you may imagine by the name, FilmStro tends to be based more on soundtrack style musical cues. They offer a great selection of
18. Stock Music Site
With over 800,000 available music tracks (100,000+ of which are exclusive), Stock Music Site has a mega-collection of audio to choose from. What sets them apart, though, is the featured tab on the main page. Whenever a big holiday or event is coming up, you’ll see a curated list of tracks that make it easy to browse and choose for those special occasions.
19. Song Freedom
With a slick layout and a unique playlist browsing feature, Song Freedom offers an easy way to search for the music you want. But what makes them really stand out is their focus on lyrical-based songs from up-and-coming musicians. While most of the other royalty free sites offer mostly instrumental pieces, Song Freedom is a great choice when looking for quality music with lyrics.
20. Moby Gratis
This one is just plain cool. You may not immediately know Moby by his name, but you’ve definitely heard the influential DJ’s music featured in countless movies, TV shows, and commercials over the past 20 years. As a passion project, he’s made over 200 of his own tracks available, completely free, for people wanting it for personal projects. While not an option for corporate videos, it’s still a great site to check out, even if you’d like to download some of his music just to listen to for free.
21. Production Trax
While many music sites (even the high-quality ones) spotlight more “corporate style” music, Production Trax features music that trends younger and edgier. From rock to hip-hop, they’ve got a great selection of full tracks, loops, beats, and FX. And not only can you preview the tracks
22. The Music Case
The Music Case combines a large library (100,000+ tracks) with reasonable pricing. Many tracks are sub $30 USD, and the licenses cover a wide range of lifetime usage. And, with an easy-to-navigate browsing system on the main page,
23. Audio Jungle
One of the most popular sites, and for good reason. With almost a million tracks available and many at extremely cheap pricing (tracks begin at just $1 USD), Audio Jungle is the supermarket of stock music websites. They also have an inexpensive monthly subscription fee that rivals anyone else’s. When you need a lot of options to choose from and aren’t too picky about having to browse through tracks that vary in quality, Audio Jungle is the place to go.
24. AKM Music
Also hailing from the UK is AKM. One of the big providers of tracks for the BBC and SKY, they’ve got an extensive collection of well-produced tracks that are all globally cleared and licensed for wherever in the world you may need to use them.
Yes, that YouTube. A few years back they started offering their own collection of licensed royalty-free music tracks and effects for use in videos. But not many people realize that you don’t just have to use them on the YouTube platform. The songs are all available for download to mix into your video offline as well.
As you can see, there is a wide range of stock music choices available online. While this is our choice for the top 25 sites, there are plenty more out there to explore. Hopefully this post gives you a solid launch pad to start from.