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The Best Royalty Free Elevator Music for Film in 2022

Mackenzie Scott

May 11, 2022

Finding the right music for an elevator scene in a film, commercial, or other project might seem like a straightforward task at first. You may decide early on to steer clear of Christmas jingles and heavy metal songs, but the truth is there are no hard and fast rules when choosing elevator music. 

Like royalty free music for Instagram and royalty free action music, there isn’t one specific genre that you’re required to source music from when scoring an elevator scene. Your search is moreso guided by personal preference and a desired tone and feel. 

To help out in your search and give you plenty of music options, we’ve put together this blog with some of the best score-worthy playlists and songs from Soundstripe’s library. 

The top Soundstripe playlists for elevator music

Aside from the practical purpose of moving actors from place to place, there are a number of reasons why filmmakers choose to shoot elevator scenes. For one, since elevators are enclosed spaces shared by strangers, filmmakers can strategically add more tension and anticipation to a scene. 

Director Jay Roach took this exact approach when shooting the elevator scene in Bombshell. He breaks down the process for making this scene — i.e., one of the most complex and telling moments in the entire film — in the video below: 

 

 

As you can see, elevator scenes carry a lot of impact on-screen. To make these scenes even more captivating, filmmakers need to add music that matches and strengthens the moment. 

Whether you’re looking for music that is more subdued or lively, these five playlists from Soundstripe might have exactly what you need.  

Simple & Gentle

Simple & Gentle / royalty free elevator music

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Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop / royalty free elevator music

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Jazz

Jazz / royalty free elevator music

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Playful

Playful / royalty free elevator music

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Minimal

Minimal / royalty free elevator music

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Pro Tip: When you come across a song that you love in any of these playlists, you can select the “Similar Songs” icon and generate a dropdown list of five more song recommendations. This makes it easy to find the most relevant options that match the tone and feel of the music you already know you like.

Our Top 10 royalty free elevator tracks

These five playlists are great resources to jumpstart your search, but there’s plenty more where that came from. If you want to check out all the different music playlists in our library, you can do that here.

In the meantime, here are 10 top tracks are featured in the playlists mentioned above:

1. “New Beginning” by EVOE

EVOE image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Uplifting Ambient

Instruments: Guitar and ambient tones

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2. “Gatsby's Saloon” by Dresden, The Flamingo

Dresden, The Flamingo image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Jazz

Instruments: Horns and piano

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3. “Disillusions” by Reveille

Reveille image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Reflective Acoustic

Instruments: Synth and organ

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4. “Words For A Good Man” by Lost Ghosts

Lost Ghosts image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Calm Ambient

Instruments: Ambient tones and piano

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5. “And So It Goes” by Moments

Moments image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Reflective Ambient

Instruments: Ambient tones and piano

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6. “Feels Like Home” by Avocado Junkie

Avocado Junkie image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Jingle

Instruments: Acoustic guitar and claps / snaps / stomps

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7. “First Snow” by Shimmer

Shimmer image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Calm Ambient

Instruments: Piano and ambient tones

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8. “Last Train To New Orleans” by AFTERNOONZ

AFTERNOONZ image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Jazz

Instruments: Piano and drums

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9. “Bloom” by Sounds Like Sander

Sounds Like Sander image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Uplifting Acoustic

Instruments: Ukulele and bells

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10. “Fading Light” by Holiday On The Moon

Holiday On The Moon image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Calm Ambient

Instruments: Ambient tones and piano

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New royalty free music for 2022

Because music quality and variety are so important, our team works with award-winning artists and musicians to release new music on a weekly basis. There’s always a new supply of tracks to check out — spanning across dozens of genres. 

To point you in the direction of the newest songs in the catalog (as of 2022), we’ve put together this list of recent additions: 

1. “Pace” by EVOE

EVOE image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Calm Ambient

Instruments: Ambient tones and cello

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2. “Rain On The Leaves” by In This World

In This World image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Calm Ambient

Instruments: Percussion and synth

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3. “Inner Peace” by Moments

Moments image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Reflective Ambient

Instruments: Cello and violin

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4. “The Voyage Home” by Enoch Yang

Enoch Yang image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Classical

Instruments: Piano

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5. “Trampoline Summer” by Funday

Funday image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Rock

Instruments: Electric guitar and piano

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6. “A Short Story” by Andrea Colella

Andrea Colella image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Jazz

Instruments: Bass and upright bass

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7. “Low Lit Blues” by Renderings

Renderings image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Jazz

Instruments: Percussion and claps / snaps / stomps

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8. “Day Mood” by Dario Benedetti

Dario Benedetti image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Reflective Acoustic

Instruments: Guitar and acoustic guitar

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9. “5 Stars” by Syncro

Syncro image / royalty free elevator musicGenre: Jazz

Instruments: Bass and drums

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Need more royalty free elevator music?

Whether you’re shooting a scene in an elevator, coffee shop, or other location, every moment captured on-screen deserves good sound quality and chill music. That’s why finding the right song is always a top priority for creators. 

If you’ve been searching for royalty free elevator music, the search and filter functions in Soundstripe’s library can help you quickly isolate the songs you do want and exclude the ones you don’t.

By signing up for one of our music plans, you can license an unlimited number of songs by simply pressing the download button. (The licensing process is really as simple as that.) If this piques your interest, you can learn more about all of your plan options here

Check out more royalty free music and SFX

If you’re not ready to go all in with a plan yet, take some time to get more familiar with our library. These blogs from the Soundstripe blog will give you a glimpse into the different genres and SFX in our library: