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Where to Find Great Royalty Free Music for Streaming

Mackenzie Scott

May 19, 2022

Ever wondered how to play music on Twitch or another streaming service?

One lesson that none of us want to learn the hard way is that not all music is stream-friendly. At the end of the day, even a small licensing misstep could lead to DMCA notices, copyright strikes, and even a complete channel shutdown. 

Whether you’re streaming on Twitch, YouTube Live, or some other platform, the only way to truly protect yourself and your stream against copyright strikes is to rely on a music licensing resource that has your back. 

Not only is the music in Soundstripe’s catalog safe for streaming, but we also have a Twitch extension that makes streaming with music even easier. And we provide YouTube video clearance if that’s your preferred streaming channel. 

To give you a better idea of what awaits you with Soundstripe, we’ve put together a roundup of the newest and most trending royalty free songs in our library right now. There’s something for everyone here — across a ton of different genres — so keep reading and happy streaming!

So if you're looking to find royalty free music for your YouTube videos, or just need some background music and are tired of other royalty free music sites, check out these selections for the best royalty free music and sound effects below.

 

5 live stream-worthy playlists

As convenient as it would be, you can’t just play your favorite Spotify or Apple Music playlist in the background of a live stream and call it a day. At least, you can’t legally do that. 

Every streaming platform has its own set of rules and regulations when it comes to music. (For example, here’s a full breakdown of Twitch’s music rules.) So if you’re not producing your own music, you’ll need to outsource music in a way that abides by each platform’s rules. 

One of the main perks of using Soundstripe’s royalty free music for streaming is that you won’t ever be responsible for making royalty payments — our team at Soundstripe takes care of all of that for you.

When you license a song, it’s yours to use in any and all of your live streams for as long as you’re subscribed to Soundstripe. (Once your subscription ends, your existing projects are protected forever, but you can no longer reuse the music in future projects.)

Since we have thousands of songs to choose from, no two streams will ever have to sound the same again. (A way better selection than what you'll find in the YouTube audio library or other exclusive royalty free music sites.)

To help jumpstart your search for the best royalty free music, here are five of our top playlists for streaming:

Lo-Fi

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Listen and license here.

Big Epic Beauty

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Listen and license here.

Chill Hop

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Listen and license here.

Film Underscore

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Listen and license here.

Epic Gaming

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Listen and license here.

Pro tip: When you find a song you like from any of our music playlists, click the “Similar Song” icon to get a dropdown list of suggested songs with a similar tone and feel.

10 royalty free songs for streaming

Whether you’re looking for high energy beats or chill background music, there’s a song for every type of stream in our catalog. To prove it, we’ve put together this diverse list of 10 popular tracks for streaming. (These are great picks for royalty free background music and — once purchased — give you unlimited access.)

1. “Razors” by Bellodrone

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Genre: Electronic

Instruments: Samples and electronic drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

2. “Lights Out” by Tru Genesis

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Genre: Electronic

Instruments: Ambient tones and strings

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

3. “Love Always” by Nu Alkemi$t

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Genre: Hip Hop

Instruments: Synth and samples

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

4. “Rise Again” by EVOE

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Genre: Ambient

Instruments: Guitar and electric guitar

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

5. “Limitless” by Grant Borland

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Genre: Classical

Instruments: Drums and big drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

6. “Eudaemonia” by Cody Martin

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Genre: Ambient

Instruments: Drums and guitar

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

7. “Old Skool” by Ghost Beatz

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Genre: Hip Hop

Instruments: Synth bass and bass

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

8. “Mission Impossible” by Daniele Musto

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Genre: Hip Hop

Instruments: Synth and ambient tones

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

9. “Windy City” by Cristina Scannicchio

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Genre: R&B

Instruments: Samples and drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

10. “Smooth Perpetrator” by Sam Barsh

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Genre: Hip Hop

Instruments: Drums and drum kit

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

New stream-safe music for 2022

Our team releases new music across 20+ genres every week, which means you’ll always have a fresh supply of new songs to add to your streams. From classical to hip hop, here’s a sample of our newest tracks in 2022.

1. “Lore” by Wicked Cinema

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Genre: Classical

Instruments: Cello and violin

Listen and license here.

 

 

2. “Just Around The Corner” by Shimmer

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Genre: Classical

Instruments: Percussion and xylophone / mallets

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

3. “Kokedera” by Door to Penglai

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Genre: Ambient

Instruments: Ambient tones and strings

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

4. “Ruse” by Nu Alkemi$t

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Genre: Hip Hop

Instruments: Bass and drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

5. “Cloud Pillow” by Neon Beach

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Genre: Pop

Instruments: Samples and guitar

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

6. “Midnight Blueprint” by Reel Life

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Genre: Hip Hop

Instruments: Piano and synth

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

7. “Anne Dromeda” by Suiteniss

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Genre: Electronic

Instruments: Drums and bass

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

 

8. “Mountaintop” by JeesGuy

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Genre: Hip Hop

Instruments: Guitar and drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

Need more royalty free music for streaming?

If you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for, don’t worry. The playlists and songs we’ve spotlighted in this guide have major streaming potential, but there’s still plenty of other options to choose from in Soundstripe’s library. 

From within the music catalog, you can start your search with any of the Featured Playlists or the Recently Added and Trending Songs sections.

 

Soundstripe search and filter functions

 

We’ve optimized our search and filter functions so that you can include or exclude as many filters as needed to get a more curated search experience. You can then find and license the perfect song in less than five minutes, on average. 

(If you're looking for free music or — more specifically — free royalty free music, we also have you covered with our stock music and sound effects options. Just click here for some awesome royalty free tracks and other copyright free music archive options.)

Hopefully, this blog has been a useful resource in your search for stream-friendly royalty free music. If you found this article helpful, here are a few more blogs with popular songs and playlists from Soundstripe: