5 Best Royalty Free Music Sites

Go-To Sources for Free, Legal Music Instrumentals

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Finding freebie music for your video projects isn't always easy, but luckily we've compiled five totally legal and free sites that offer instrumentals to help soundtrack your next project.

Whether you're looking for music to back your YouTube projects or simply need free instrumentals to practice your new flow, you can start by bookmarking these five sites. Here are the best go-to sources for royalty-free music instrumentals on the web.

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iBeat allows you to download free instrumentals, loops, and breaks. One feature that makes iBeat a favorite is that you can download free beats and loops without registration. Every single beat and loop on the site are free for non-commercial use via the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.

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Musopen is a haven for free instrumentals. It houses just about any style of musical instrument you can dream of. The best part? You can search by instrument, composer, form or even period.

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Audionautix is a hidden gem full of free instrumentals. It has a player built within the site, so you can stream the songs before you download. The audio library is small compared to the other sites on this list, but there are some brilliant pieces of music across various genres on this site. Not to mention, the music is copyright free and easy to download.

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Incompetech is a one-man machine powered by Kevin MacLeod. MacLeod regularly provides royalty-free music for his audience, with the hopes of helping out people who need music for school projects, YouTube videos or even an amateur film or game. If you’re looking for beats to freestyle to, you’ll find some quality instrumentals you can grab for free. The site is a godsend for anyone who needs music for any project but can’t afford exorbitant licensing fees for commercial music.

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Soundclick is one of the earliest sources of free instrumentals on the web. It's a treasure trove of high-quality beats, particularly for hip-hop artists. The beats range from royalty-free to reasonably-priced. And we’re talking beats that could compete with the songs on the radio right now. No one would even know you downloaded them from some music site with a bright-yellow summer sale pop-up banner. The quality, diverse selection, and accessibility make Soundclick a godsend for aspiring rappers.