August 21, 2015

YouTube Audio Library: 1,000+ Royalty Free Music Tracks Available

YouTube Audio Library
The YouTube audio library provides more choices for high-quality music to use in your videos than ever before.

There are a lot of great YouTube tips creators should know about, and you can add this big one to the list. 

Launched in 2013 with just over 150 tracks, the YouTube Audio Library provides royalty-free music and sound effects to use anywhere you'd like.

YouTube announced that they are adding over 1000 more tracks to this library (provided as 320 Kbps MP3 files). With how the company has cracked down on usage without permission, using one of these songs is the easiest way to make sure that your video has no rights issues whatsoever. 

Not only does the library feature royalty-free music, but they also will tell you about ad-supported popular songs, and how you can use those in your own work. There are obviously different exceptions to these, but if you're just making a video for fun, a lot of popular and current music can be used and still comply with the artist/label's requirements for usage. 

Here are some of the featured examples from the YouTube Audio Library:

These tracks can also be used in commercial videos. Here's a little more on that:

  • Attributing your video: If you see an attribution-required icon next to a track, make sure to credit the original artist in your video description. Learn more about attribution on the Creative Commons website.
  • Monetizing your video: You can monetize your video since free music isn't claimed through Content ID. If you're prompted to show that you have commercial use rights to the music, just make sure to include the music's exact title and that you downloaded it from the YouTube Audio Library. Learn more about supplying documentation to claim rights.

To download any of the tracks featured above, head on over to the YouTube Audio Library    

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16 Comments

I've used some of the free music from YT in the past, but to be fair, there are great tracks available at very low cost on Audio Network, especially for personal video use and non-profit use.

YT is just not up to par with certain needs.

August 22, 2015 at 3:13AM

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This is very interesting — I haven't dug super deep into the resources that YouTube provides and have a little bit of tough time understanding the language of creative commons, but does anyone know if the the license to use songs from this library extends to then also being able to use the tracks for the same video, but posted to different platforms? (i.e. Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram...) Thanks -George

August 22, 2015 at 10:53AM, Edited August 22, 10:53AM

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George Mihaly
Director at storyfirm.com
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This is pretty awesome I think.

September 2, 2015 at 3:54PM

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Keith Kim
Photographer
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Anyone know if you can use these songs on videos uploaded outside of Youtube? Either on another website, or for festivals?

September 6, 2015 at 11:11AM

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Pip S.S. Watkins
Wannabe editor
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HQ Background Music for any video projects here :
http://audiojungle.net/user/uplift-studio
http://uplift-studio.com/

March 18, 2016 at 6:49PM

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You can download royalty-free music (really free) on my personnal website... enjoy !
www.zebraworldchannel.com

August 10, 2016 at 10:14AM, Edited August 10, 10:19AM

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Patrick
Composer
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a wonderful site for obscure royalty free music is http://www.freemusicpublicdomain.com/

August 17, 2016 at 10:10PM, Edited August 17, 10:10PM

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Rick Costello
Music Producer
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Youtube tracks are nice but don't provide the quality that most video creators need.

I've started using Soundstripe, which provides high-quality songs and you can search by mood, instrument, genre, playlist, etc.

Use promo code "STRIPE10" to receive 10% off here: http://soundstripe.grsm.io/ethanloomis
Soundstripe provides full access to their entire music library for $10/month. You don't have to pay any licensing fees beyond that. I've saved so much time using Soundstripe, and they have an amazing selection!

July 12, 2017 at 11:55AM

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Ethan Loomis
Videographer, Loomis Video
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Hey hello ! Try also http://www.danmusicbox.com for nice music & free with a credit link ! :) Hope you'll like it !

September 20, 2017 at 12:37PM, Edited September 20, 12:37PM

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Dan B
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This is a great article. Thank you. It happens that you need to find royalty music for video eg comedy and make it not easy. Here's another site. You can download music for free. https://audioluck.com

October 17, 2017 at 10:59PM, Edited October 17, 10:59PM

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February 15, 2018 at 8:51PM, Edited February 15, 8:51PM

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Rick Costello
Music Producer
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Hello and Welcome to nofilmschool.com. I compose in a variety of genres, but mostly Corporate, Motivational and Cinematic/Film Music.
all the best nofilmschool.com

March 31, 2018 at 10:20AM, Edited March 31, 10:20AM

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Hello and Welcome to nofilmschool.com. I compose in a variety of genres, but mostly Corporate, Motivational and Cinematic/Film Music.
all the best nofilmschool.com

March 31, 2018 at 10:22AM, Edited March 31, 10:22AM

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Great information and thanks nofilmschool.com

May 31, 2018 at 11:27AM

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jessica
student
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Hello everyone! Need music for your YouTube videos, games, movies, trailers, corporate projects, advertisements and other projects? Just go to this site:

https://amidamaru7.wixsite.com/bestnotesound

select and download the tracks that you like. There you will find professional music in different styles (genres) and moods. If you need free music (absolutely free, you do not need to license) - you will find it.
If you want to license music - you can do it (it's very easy). If you need help, just read the FAQ or email me (you can find the contacts on the site). Have a good mood! :)

July 19, 2018 at 7:50AM

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Sergey
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April 30, 2019 at 9:08AM

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