5 Sites For Free Creative Commons Background Music for Animation

5 Sites For Free Creative Commons Background Music for Animation

5 Sites For Free Creative Commons Background Music for Animation

If there was one skill I badly wish I could do, it would be the ability to play instruments and compose my own music for my short animation. How fun (and convenient) would it be to animate to whatever background music you could create? It definitely would’ve saved me a lot of stress in my thesis days!

5 Sites for Free Creative Commons Music for Animation Jeca Martinez

Fortunately for us non-musical folks, there are resources all over the web from very talented and generous people who publish music free for us to use under a Creative Commons licenses!

What is a Creative Commons license?

Creative Commons copyright license lets creators give you permission to use their work under a set of easy-to-understand terms and conditions.

Out of the six licenses, the type I look for is Attribution 3.0 (which I believe is now called Attribution 4.0). This license allows me to edit another person’s work–let’s say someone’s music– add it to my own short animation, and use my animation containing their music for both commercial and noncommercial purposes as long as I credit the creator of the music.

My Favorite Sites for Free CC Music

Incompetech by Kevin MacLeod – Not only are Kevin Macleod’s tracks free to use, they’re of EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY as well! (Yes I had to write that in capital letters for emphasis)

Soundcloud – Although not all tracks in Soundcloud are under Creative Commons, here’s how you can easily find the ones that are:

5 Sites for Free Creative Commons Music for Animation Soundcloud Jeca Martinez

  • Search for the type of music you want. I try to guess possible keywords that Soundcloud’s musicians might tag their tracks with.
  • In the search options on the right side, select “Tracks”.
  • At the bottom under filter results, select “to listen to” and change it to “to modify commercially” or “to use commercially” depending on your purpose for the music

*by the way, that Nicolai Heidlas guy in the last screenshot above creates amazing CC music too!

My experience with search results in Soundcloud is hit and miss (sometimes the music that comes out aren’t even remotely related to the words I typed!), so you’ll have to be patient and try out as many keywords as possible to find what you’re looking for.

Wikipedia – You can find some classical music tracks that are under public domain here!

5 Sites for Free Creative Commons Music for Animation Wikipedia Jeca Martinez


Free Music Archive – I only found this website a few months back and although I haven’t used music from here yet I thought it was worth adding to the list.

Free SFX – Although primarily a sound effects website, they offer some music tracks there as well. You do need to sign up for a free account though to be able to download.

I hope this post has been helpful for your project!

What other sites do you go to for free Creative Commons music? Let everybody know by leaving it in the comments below!

And if you know someone who might need some background music for their animated project, do them a favor by sharing this article to them!

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  • CMYfabriK Box November 26, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Thanks so much for the info, the animated explanations are perfect! It’s great you break down each site & show us how to get exactly what we need. You’re awesome!

    • Jeca Martinez Author November 26, 2015 at 5:33 am

      Thank you so much CMYFabrik Box! I’m so glad you found this tutorial helpful 😀

  • Andreas February 9, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    CreativeDubs provides you only with exceptionally selected, top Dubstep, Drum&Bass, House, Chillstep, Glitch Hop, free Creative Commons licensed or royalty free music tracks, from talented artists who want to share their creative work.
    Free Downloads under: http://www.freeccmusic.com

  • Arni December 9, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Wow, great list,, thank you. Here is a site where there is free royalty music for commercial use. https://audioluck.com/free.html

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