5 Best Free Music Download Sites

Everyone loves getting something for free, right? Well, what if we told you that we found five free music download sites that are completely above board and legit? The sites we feature all offer some sort of free audio downloads, giving you a risk-free way to discover new bands and artists.

If you like what you hear and can afford it, you can choose to pay to download more of their content to support them.

Here, in alphabetical order, are five free music download sites we like to browse.


Credit: Screenshot: Free Music Archive

Now owned by music platform and music licensing company Tribe of Noise, the Free Music Archive, or FMA, was founded in 2009 by radio station WFMU. The site offers free access to original music under a free license.

FMA says tens of millions of visitors download music each month for personal use, and many share and remix FMA music in videos, podcasts, movies, games, apps, and even projects school.

You can browse the wealth of free music for personal use by genre. These include blues, electronic, hip-hop, jazz, pop, rock, country, folk, classical, soul and R’n’B, as well as other categories niche such as spoken content, experimental audio and old time/historical.

What we particularly like is that these genres are broken down into subgenres. So, for example, electronic has jungle, techno, chill-out, trip-hop, and dubstep as subcategories, among others.

You can also perform keyword searches to find content. You can stream music on the site, and when you find a track you like, just hit the download arrow. You can also add tracks to your own “mixes”.

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Credit: Screenshot: Free Music Archive

FMA users can “tip” an artist if they like what they hear, by sending a donation directly to the artist’s PayPal account.

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Jamendo was founded in Luxembourg in 2004 and was the first platform to legally share music from any creator for free under Creative Commons licenses. Jamendo says it’s “about connecting musicians and music lovers around the world”.

On Jamendo Music, you can enjoy a catalog of more than 500,000 tracks shared by 40,000 artists from more than 150 countries around the world. You can stream all the music for free without logging in.

If you hear something you like and want to download it (for personal use only), you need to log in, but it’s a quick and easy process. Once logged in, just press the “Free Download” button which you will see next to the “Play” button on the track page. Liking, sharing, and adding the track to a playlist are just as easy to click.

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If you want to use Jamendo Music to discover new music, we recommend that you browse the site’s “Hot Selections”, playlists handpicked by Jamendo’s music experts. You can also use Jamendo’s “Explore” tab to browse communities, playlists and, if you want to find The Next Big Thing, the latest releases.

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Since 2006, ReverbNation has provided an online streaming service for artists to promote their work and for fans to enjoy. ReverbNation is primarily a music streaming service that gives users the ability to purchase music. The platform also allows artists to set different permissions for their content, and some choose to offer free downloads.

If a track on ReverbNation is available for download, you’ll see a small download icon next to the song’s duration. Just click on it to save it to your computer.

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Some artists and bands may ask you to “like” their page, share their page, or join their mailing list, but if you’re a fan of that track, that’s not too much of a problem.

We love ReverbNation’s very clean design and simple user interface. You can simply click “Play” on any of the featured collections to discover new music, handpicked by ReverbNation’s curation team.

You can use the sidebar to browse or see what’s new in your favorite genres. Whenever you find something you like, you can add it to your library or share music with friends and on social networks.

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The oldest service we offer, SoundClick is a true pioneer in online music. Founded in 1997 by twin brothers Tanju and Tolgar Canli, SoundClick’s mission is “to work on behalf of artists, to make their music easily accessible online”.

SoundClick is a social music community with particularly robust social features. If you sign up, you get your own profile page with photo albums and video uploads. You can also create your own SoundClick stations.

You can stream and download music from the site. There are many, many tracks available for download for personal use in MP3 format for free, but be aware that some are only available for purchase.

Tracks that can be downloaded are easily identified by the download icon on the right side of the screen.

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Downloading is super quick and easy. You just need to click on the download button and the download starts instantly.

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Launched in 2008, SoundCloud claims to be the “world’s largest music and audio platform”. SoundCloud allows people to discover a wide selection of music from a very diverse community of creators; Music and audio creators use SoundCloud to share their content with global audiences so we can enjoy great music, for free, online.

SoundCloud has music from every genre you’d expect. It’s very easy to search for keywords and find a SoundCloud track or playlist that you like the look of. If you hear a song you particularly like, you can click on it to see if it’s available for free download.

On the web, you can download tracks once you log into your SoundCloud account by clicking the file download button under the waveform.

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If you don’t see a file download button, that means the user who downloaded it didn’t intend it to be downloadable.

You can follow artists to see when they have new content. SoundCloud makes it easy to share music with friends and on social networks. Tapping the “Share” option gives you the option to share the track on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest or email it.