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8 Stock Music Sites that Don’t Suck

The word “stock” makes a lot of people cringe, and we don’t blame them. Stock media has a bad reputation for being cheesy, “dated”, and lacking in quality. But forget all that nonsense when it comes to music. It’s 2014 and licensing music for the web has come a long way! Gone are the days of elevator music, gently wailing 80’s guitars, and sax melodies (sorry if that’s your thing).

Stock music

Now your explainer video / film project / web commercial / video blog can be polished off with an amazing track from artists who bust their butt to bring you something new and fresh on the regular. And the good news is, there are options for any budget and any project… from the small wedding photo slideshow, to the indie film trailer, you’ll be able to find a great tune to polish up your project!

While there are dozens of sites out there, we tend to stick to a few key players depending on our budget, scope, and style of music. So let’s take a look at some of our favorite stock music sites when it comes to video for business:

1. The Music Bed

The Music Bed brings a voice to indie musicians, making their music accessible (and affordable!) to filmmakers, agencies, non-profits, and more. Their recently relaunched site makes it easier than ever to find the perfect track for any type of project. “The new Music Bed site is all about us getting out of the way and putting the music — and the musicians — front and center.”  – Daniel McCarthy

Benefits:

  • You can search for songs based on unique characteristics such as “dubstep”, “gypsy”, “mysterious”, and “raw”.
  • Visual waveforms make it so that you can literally see how the music is structured. No more guessing on the progression of a song!
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2. Premium Beat

Premium Beat provides a handpicked, limited selection of royalty free music in both traditional and modern styles.

Benefits:

  • Exclusivity is crucial to Premium Beat If you hear something on Premium Beat, you won’t be able to find it anywhere else. The only exception is when it comes to classical music.
  • Premium Beat does not automatically accept all submitted music. They stress quality over quantity, and constantly sift through their tracks and eliminate music when necessary.

3. AudioJungle

AudioJungle is a large scale music marketplace where users can both buy and sell royalty-free music and sound effects.

Benefits:

  • Low prices! AudioJungle is the perfect solution for businesses on a budget. While their songs may not be exclusive or super unique, they still have lots of quality options.
  • Not just music, they have code, templates, photos, and more! AudioJungle’s parent company Envato prides themselves on being the leading marketplace where consumers can easily buy and sell all types of media. They also offer tutorials and courses to advance your creative skills.

4. Marmoset

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Marmoset takes the handcrafted approach to stock music, cultivating what they call their “nest” of original music done in-house as well as a curated list of independent artists.

“We don’t believe there’s anything “stock” about music crafted with hands and hearts.” 

Benefits:

  • Their unique filter functions allow you to search their collection in a number of ways including using colorful “storytelling” adjectives, or sorting by the song arc (a trademarked process).

  • Can’t find the right tune to fit your project? Why not try a custom song! Marmoset has an excellent track record of producing custom pieces for brands like Nintendo, Toms, and Levis. Some of their artists have even been known to tweak existing tracks to better fit your video.

Honorable Mentions

5. License Lab: Exclusive licensed music, smaller selection of high-quality tunes, not royalty free. Hands-on, personal approach to finding music.

6. Tunefruit: A fun, fresh music marketplace for online video with convenient searching by popular genres and tags.

7. SongFreedom: If you’re working on a personal project like a wedding video or school assignment, Song Freedom connects you with popular tunes from artists like Jason Mraz, Marvin Gaye, and One Republic for typically around $50.

8. Audio Network: Focusing on “TV, Film, Advertising, and Corporate video” this provider is a great one stop shop for your soundtrack needs and makes it easy to drill down by artist or emotion.

Conclusion

No matter what your budget is for, there are plenty of stock music sites out there to fit your business video needs and sound great too. Do you have any you’d like to add to our list? Let us know in the comments!

Additional Resources

  • We like audiojungle!

  • Definitely dig the indie feel from The Music Bed, they have awesome tracks! Higher budget though so not all clients go for this option.

    Audiojungle is awesome as well, there’s tons of stuff!! It’s just a matter of spending some extra time digging through the millions of tracks to find the right one. The contrast between bad and great quality tracks is a bit big. But there are awesome tracks and artists there for sure!

    Marmoset is cool, higher budget tracks as well. I feel their tracks are more film-oriented than the other sites.

    All these sites have awesome artists behind them, at the end it all goes down to the client’s taste and budget.

    Spending the right time looking for the right track is very important, maybe you’ll find 1 great one out of 100 you listened! But like it says above, music can take your video to a different level.

    Oh and 80’s guitars! Always use 80’s guitars!!! … ok no… Yeah that’s my thing…

  • buystockmusic.com

    Hi, great article!
    We’ve actually just started to look at selling on Audiojungle seriously after exploring options with other libraries and felt they provided the best user experience. We’ve even built our own site to hopefully drive traffic and sales to our music there. I’d like to add our link if I may to your list of stock music sites: http://www.buystockmusic.com

  • ccardell

    You might consider adding MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com to your list. MusicRevolution.com has over 30,000 tracks of affordable, high-quality royalty-free music online. New music is being added every day. I am the
    co-founder.

  • Akira Seung

    The
    perfect soundtrack can really tie together a video.. More
    of Background music from
    https://www.beatorchard.com/background-music-for-video.php

  • DG_76

    What’s funny is I haven’t heard any of these sources for stock music (except Audiojungle), so thank you for posting this! I just wanted to add http://www.smartsound.com to this list as well. Good source for high quality royalty free/ stock music

  • yean g

    Thanks for sharing these sites. I m starting to look for suitable background music for my first video..will definitely look into these sites.

    • Colin Hogan

      Glad we were able to help!

  • Tristan

    Worth mentioning Vimeo’s own music store as well – https://vimeo.com/musicstore

    • Colin Hogan

      Great point! Especially if you already use them as your video host.

  • Videodude

    Any good place to source sound effects like the bubbling sounds and all for the videos?

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  • Gugge Kristofferson

    One very easy way to download free music is

    http://tracktourmusic.com/

  • ren

    http://www.eastaste.net was founded to harness what eastern european musicians has to offer. Great collection of affordable and unique indie tracks

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  • Also check http://amurco.com/ for music content

  • I’ve just used two tracks from AudioJungle for two of my latest videos, really love it. If you fancy some French 😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SExTSQdfNDA

  • Tyler_River

    Rederred to your article on my new blog entry about my own experiences with some of these stock music sites: http://soundphenomenon.weebly.com/blog/my-first-month-selling-stock-music-and-audio

  • Aaron, the Custom Music Guy

    Hey Laura,

    Would you be interested in sharing my free collection of 83 royalty free music on this page as well?

    The link to my free resource:
    freecustommusic.com/free

    I would love to hear your thoughts about how I can improve the resource. Email: Aaron at FreeCustomMusic.com

    Thanks!

  • Ben

    I love Warner/Chappell Production Music. They’ve got great quality and very friendly to work with! http://www.warnerchappellpm.com

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  • Ryan Johnson

    I counted 7, including the “honorable mentions.”

    • Nice catch Ryan! We recently removed one and have just added a new one in it’s place. We should be back to 8 once again.

    • Colin Hogan

      Fixed. Thanks!

  • If you are looking for nice royalty free cinematic music check my weekly uploads on http://audiojungle.net/user/miseld/portfolio?ref=miseld

  • muzikant

    http://www.free-stock-music.com

    Pros: Offers 100% totally free music (even for commercial purposes) in mp3 and wav format. No fees, credits and etc. No sign in to accounts – direct download.

    Cons: There are not too many track.

  • pooja verma

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  • suman verma

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  • Rose Davids

    What about Epidemic Sound?

    • Colin Hogan

      We’ll be sure to check them out. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Christine Costello

    Want music that is high quality and a bit different from the rest? Try http://www.freemusicpublicdomain.com They have some great obscure and unique music that is all royalty free.

  • Commit

    I am an exclusive author on Audiojungle and might have the perfect thing for your next production! Have a look 🙂 http://audiojungle.net/user/wololo_audio/portfolio

  • You should check out our boutique library if you hate sifting through thousands of tunes to find the one that works.

    http://tunesurfers.com

  • Yannis Kirimkiridis

    Great list! Also check http://www.themusicase.com

  • Thanks for the post! As a composer I’m always researching the best sites to have your music on for selling purposes. Right now I am on https://creativeready.com and it seems to be going well.

    • Colin Hogan

      Thanks for reading!

  • Bryan

    Awesome. Here handpicks best free mp3 download sites for you. Enjoy your music world. http://goo.gl/hJgWrV

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  • RimoMusic

    Thanks for a great list. Right now I am an exclusive author at AudioJungle but I feel I’m getting annoyed over the fact that only traditional corporate music and epic tracks sell well. Does anybody know if the buyers there tend to prefer that more than on other sites or is it the same everywhere? Any suggestions on a site that tries to be more creative than AJ?
    Please, visit my profile http://audiojungle.net/user/rimomusic?ref=RimoMusic

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  • Robert Clay

    Nice post. Only miss filmtrax.com, an awesome library with indie artists music, fair prices and a great search system.

  • Bronwen Rees

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  • Mika

    Great list, check also http://www.hooksounds.com. Although it’s more quality over quantity oriented.

  • Dmitry

    Hey! Great article! I’m exclusive audiojungle author!
    If you want a good sounding music for your projects, you can find it in my portfolio. Good luck! 😉 https://audiojungle.net/user/dredlockmusic/portfolio

  • John Krause

    New licensing site for online videos (commercial use ok) and indie films. High quality indie music written and recorded by real bands. Boutique and curated: http://www.goodoakrecordings.com

  • Slasner Rensals

    Audiojungle is one of the most popular ones. Music is reviewed before it can be uploaded so there is quality control and there are a wide variety of genres and purposes to choose from. https://audiojungle.net/?ref=Slasner

  • Tim Rheinwald

    What about http://www.soundtaxi.com.
    Check their projetcs site http://www.soundtaximusic.com

  • NEO Sounds

    Hi. Just wanted to mention https://www.neosounds.com as another source for royalty free stock music. Premium music, simple licensing and pricing.

  • Hey That list really sounds Good. But You can also try this top Free music download sites https://goo.gl/f9OB5q

  • Paulo Rego

    I’m surprised Pond5 isn’t on the list. Their search tools are so useful and their website is so easy to use.

  • Bart D

    If you’re looking for originals directly from the author… http://www.bmusic.pl 🙂

  • Premiumbeat is our top royaltyfree music site as they have hand picked and exclusive tracks (with simple pricing and licensing models). Also they provide you with free watermarked versions for you to test in your project and then you can purchase it later! 😉

    Check out our article
    http://www.freelancevideocollective.com/top-6-best-royalty-free-music-sites-video-production/

  • TrackTour Music Library

    What about tracktourmusic?
    tracktourmusic.com

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  • Dumaux Ser

    Great article! They’re all good sites, it just depends on what are you looking for. I’ve been selling music on AudioJungle, Pond5, LuckStock and Productiontrax (only on AudioJungle I sell exclusively) and, by far, out of them, I feel that the AudioJungle is the best, for both the customer and the authors. Prices are great, and with a library of over 450,000 tracks and sound effects (which are carefully reviewed, the review team is really good, they don’t let just anything to be uploaded), you are bound to find what you are looking for. I cannot recommend the site enough.
    And, of course, a bit of shameless self-promotion was never out of the question: https://audiojungle.net/user/dumaux_ser 🙂

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