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12 Royalty Free Background Music Sites for YouTube Videos

Before you begin your journey towards becoming the next breakout YouTube star, you need to figure out the best royalty free background music sites for YouTube videos.

The thing about YouTube video bloggers like Casey Neistat is that their videos have a distinctive mood or vibe to it, which helps them to stand out from the crowd. While it’s hard to list all factors that go into creating this unique mood or vibe, the one thing that helps set the tone is Casey Neistat’s incredible choice of music. His background music tracks augment the experience of watching his videos, and with a little bit of work, you can also learn this invaluable skill set that can increase your view count and video popularity. If you want to learn a few more tricks of the trade, do check out our list of 10 Fastest Growing YouTube Channels in 2017.

12 Royalty Free Background Music Sites for YouTube Videos


But knowing this piece of information is only half the battle. The thing is, music isn’t always free, and it sure isn’t cheap. Even though you own the Drake’s latest tracks, you cannot use them in your video content without having to be obliged to pay the royalty for your use of Drake’s music to his record company. The same rule applies for using other people’s photographs as well, so you might want to check out our list of 10 Best Stock Photo Sites for Bloggers in case you are wondering where to get amazing photographs for use in your videos. So when you hear of a YouTube video being taken down for ‘copyright infringement,’ you can surmise that one of the possible reasons is that the YouTuber used background music or photographs without proper permission.

Thankfully, to make life easy for YouTubers, there exist a plethora of websites which offer background music for use in YouTube videos, without having to worry about paying royalties or copyright issues.

For our list, we snooped around on the Internet as well as within the local YouTube community to compile a list of the most popular websites for royalty free background music for YouTubers. We checked out various videos on YouTube by many people such as Roberto Blake and the Video Influencers. We also got suggestions from articles such as one from Ad Week. We filtered out this list by looking at the overall website analytics for each of these websites providing royalty free music for YouTube. The metrics we have looked at include Alexa’s global rank for websites, according to which we have ordered our list. Another metric that we included is the bounce rate, which is a percentage that indicates the number of users who exit the website after only viewing the homepage. Intuitively, you would want this number to be as low as possible, which will suggest the website is engaging and useful, such that more visitors tend to navigate beyond the homepage. We also look at the daily page views per visitor and the average daily time spent on site per visitor. All the above-mentioned statistics have been taken from Alexa and slight discrepancies may exist due to day-to-day variations in numbers. Also, in order to not misrepresent, we have deliberately given popular video and sound sites (YouTube, SoundCloud and iStockphoto) a lower ranking on our list, despite them having incredible web statistics because those statistics are primarily because of other users on these sites who go to these sites for purposes other than to get access to royalty-free music. So without further ado, let’s explore the best royalty free background music sites for YouTube videos.