Jun 29, 2022
The experience of making and listening to music can be deeply cathartic. Within seconds, one song could tug at your heartstrings or trigger another strong emotional response (*cough* many, many tears).
While it would be great to have all the time or resources needed to self-produce this kind of music for your video projects, that’s not always possible. Plus, it’s not as if we can just snap our fingers and become the next Bessie Smith or Duke Ellington overnight.
If you need music for an upcoming project, the best alternative is to license songs from a royalty free music company like Soundstripe. Our library houses thousands of rhythmic and moving tracks, so if you’re looking for royalty free blues music, we’ve got you covered.
In this blog, we’ll share the newest and top trending blues tracks in our catalog to-date. But before we do, let’s first dig a bit deeper into the history of this genre.
As you might guess, the blues genre didn’t earn its name by accident.
This music was born out of the work songs and spirituals sung by the millions of men, women, and children who were forced into slavery in the American South. At that time, it was an outlet for expressing deep-seated frustration, pain, and anger.
The earliest blues songs were melancholic, narrative-driven, and soulful — usually following a call-and-response pattern. And in the early 1900s, the genre began gaining more popularity thanks to artists like Memphis Minnie and W.C. Handy (otherwise known as the “Father of the Blues”).
Both then and now, blues music has had a profound impact on the music scene. Not only did it heavily influence genres like jazz, rock, and hip hop, but its legacy is still honored by the contemporary artists who produce and perform blues music today.
In the words of the late Willie Dixon, “The blues are the roots of all American music. As long as American music survives, so will the blues.”
It’s rarely an affordable option to license songs from popular blues artists like Muddy Waters, Ma Rainey, or Ray Charles. If cost isn’t an issue, you’ll still have to negotiate with copyright owners, pay ongoing royalty fees, and dedicate more time to the entire licensing process.
The good news? You can find and license the perfect blues track in under five minutes from our library.
To give you an idea of your music options with Soundstripe, here’s a roundup of 10 trending blues songs available right now:
We’re constantly adding diverse new songs to our catalog so that you can get a fresh supply of music anytime. If you’d like to stay up-to-date with our newest blues tracks, our Recently Added playlist is a great resource that gets updated regularly.
In the meantime, here are some of the best blues tracks to join our catalog recently:
Blues is melancholic, emotional, and rhythmic by nature, and that’s exactly why it’s such a powerful tool for storytelling. Whether you’re licensing blues music for a film or other project, the right song can instantly elevate the meaning of every on-screen moment.
Bearing all this in mind, take some time to peruse our music catalog and check out more of our royalty free blues music. If you like what you hear and subscribe to one of our plans, you’ll be able to license an unlimited number of songs from our catalog.
(To learn more about those plans, check out this page.)
Hopefully, this blog will be a useful resource to return to as you search for the best sounds for your project. If you’re on the lookout for more types of royalty free music, here are several options worth checking out: