Best places other than here to find new, good music

Stream free music online from these sites

By Stacy Fisher Stacy Fisher Technology Educator Emporia State University Stacy is a professional technology educator with over 25 years' experience. She has published hundreds of articles, co-authored a book, and has appeared on national and local TV. lifewire’s editorial guidelines Updated on March 4, 2022

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How to Use YouTube Music

YouTube Music is a version of YouTube dedicated to streaming songs and music videos. It works like the regular YouTube site, so you can search for music, create playlists, and subscribe to artists' channels to get updates when a new song drops.

You can find playlists for specific genres, decades, activities, or moods, and categories for kids. YouTube Music also lets you upload your music to listen from anywhere. With a paid subscription, you can listen ad-free, offline, and with your screen off (on mobile). There are individual and family plans.

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11. Epidemic Sound

Year Founded:Year Founded: 2009

The first thing you’ll love about Epidemic Sound is a service known as ‘YouTube subscription,’ which is targeted at vloggers looking for the perfect music for their YouTube videos. However, you don’t necessarily need to be a YouTuber to benefit from Epidemic Sound’s music licensing services.

The platform boasts over 32,000 tracks as well as more than 60,000 sound effects. It also undertakes continuous site updates, which grants users access to newer songs every month.

And while Epidemic Sound is a subscription-based service, the company has flexible pricing plans to suit every budget. Plus, there’s a 30-day free trial that allows you to test-drive the company before committing fully to it.

YouTube

YouTube is a massive content database, including underground music. I’ve found a lot of new metal music on the platform, and it’s also the place I’ve been most successful promoting my own underground metal. Similar videos can turn up some pretty awesome stuff, not to mention that there are a lot of good playlists out there for genres, styles, periods.. you name it!

9. Soundstripe

Year Founded:Year Founded: 2015

Soundstripe is another relatively new music licensing company on this list that prides itself on its vast library of high-quality audios. The company constantly updates its library, allowing you to sample some of the most recent audio tracks. Thanks to these updates, users can get their hands on hundreds of new songs every month.

As you might expect, Soundstripe is a subscription-based music licensing company. Which means that you can only enjoy its services when you sign up for a paid membership.

But once you’re a member, there’s no limit to the number of songs you can play and download from the company’s library. Plus, every single download comes with a single-use license, which allows you to use the song for an unlimited duration, even after canceling your subscription.

NoiseTrade

Best For: Supporting independent artists
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Best For: Supporting independent artistsFormats: Stream, downloadPlatform: Website

With NoiseTrade, you can preview samples of tracks without having to sign in, but to listen to the full song or download any files, you’ll need to create a free account using your email address and a password. Once you’ve signed in, you’ll be able to click “Play” or “Download” next to each available song or album. 

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On the homepage, you’ll see notable artists, trending tracks, new songs and more. When you click on a band that you’re interested in, you’ll see their tracklist along with a brief description and links to the artists’ social media pages. Additionally, you’ll see a list of similar artists and a link that lets you tip the artist if you enjoy their music. 

You can scroll over the “Music” tab at the top of the screen to choose different genres. In addition to music, NoiseTrade also offers books and comedy routines that you can stream or download. Unfortunately, NoiseTrade isn’t available on the App Store or Google Play. But the website is easy to use, and you’ll find tons of free music you can download to your computer (and then add to your smartphone if you want!).

Pros:

  • You have the option to tip artists directly if you enjoy their music.
  • You’ll see “For Fans Of” next to each artist with a list of popular bands/singers with similar sounds.

Cons: You’ll need to create an account to listen to full songs or download any files.Not all songs are downloadable.

Find New Music: Listen To The Radio

I feel like the radio is something that the younger generation just isn’t that into. And I have absolutely no idea why. Radio stations are one of the most amazing ways to discover music but I feel like we all completely overlook it as a resource.

Sometimes you just really can’t be bothered doing the research when it comes to discovering music…you just want to listen without having to search for music. Which is where radio comes in. On the days where you really don’t feel like reading reviews, blog posts and searching Spotify playlists for music, it’s so much easier to just pop the radio on.

Photography by Zui Hoang via Unsplash.
Photography by Zui Hoang via Unsplash.

A Few UK Stations To Check Out

Remember at the beginning when I mentioned that you should start by figuring out WHAT music you wanted to discover. This is where that really comes in handy. Because depending on what music you’re looking for, you’ll want to choose the right radio station to tune into.

For example, in the UK BBC Radio 1 is the one you want (excuse the pun) for all things chart and popular music. We’re talking the UK top 4o, new releases from the big names in popular music and just that whole general vibe. BBC Radio 2 is more of a mix of older tunes from the pre-’00s, as well as some new hits that maybe aren’t necessarily full pop tunes. And then my personal favourite, BBC Radio 6, which focuses on more alternative music and, in my opinion, is the ultimate station to discover loads of new musicians. The Steve Lamacq show is probably my favourite on the station and it’s on every day from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm (UK time).

Of course, there are plenty of other radio stations out there e.g. Absolute 80s, Capital FM etc. But as a general rule, I’d say stay away from stations that have a repeated playlist. Have you ever listened to a radio station that just plays the same playlist of songs every day? Honestly, it’s the most frustrating thing.

Photography by John Mark Arnold via Unsplash.
Photography by John Mark Arnold via Unsplash.

Angrymetalguy

I don’t read that many review sites, but if one is my go-to it’s Angrymetalguy. It’s not only because and pushed the “Contemplations” album a lot. I do feel that the reviews go in depth, and Angrymetalguy really takes on many different styles of metal music.

I’ve found quite a lot of unknown bands on the site while browsing reviews, especially the many albums of the month breakdowns. The one I’m linking to got me Ashbringer, a really good atmospheric black metal band. Highly recommended!

Congrats! You’re A Music-Finding Pro!

So that just about covers everything you need to know about how to find new music. I know it was a pretty hefty post but hopefully, you feel like you know exactly how to discover some new music to listen to and WHERE to look for it! Do you have any other ideas of where to find new music? Have you got specific sources that you read to keep up to date with the latest tunes? Send them my way.

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Music review sites

There are stacks of online music review sites that have a lot of information about new music, as well as reviews on some of the classics. Some music review sites let your average Joe’s give their opinion and review music, while others are done by professionals in the industry.

Each review site has their own individual way of reviewing music, so if you think you’ve found a tune that has tickled your fancy, then check around on other review sites to see what they have to say. However, it is still important to note that these are just other people’s opinion and you can make your own judgment call on the artist or song.

Last.fm

Best For: Finding popular music
 Formats: Stream,

Best For: Finding popular musicFormats: Stream, downloadPlatforms: App (iOS and Android), websiteAverage App Rating: 2.7

Last.fm is another great resource that allows listeners to explore, stream and download free music online. From the website’s home page, you can check out popular artists and tracks. Lower on the page, you’ll find several interesting tools that let you to explore what’s popular worldwide and listen to popular music based on time period and genre. 

In the upper-right corner of the website, you can also choose “Music” or “Charts” to browse top tracks and artists. You can also find music there categorized by genres and tags. When I visited the website, I found music from nearly every category including electronic, rock, jazz, R&B, rap and country. 

Once you’ve found a song you’d like to listen to, you can click “Play” to begin streaming. Unfortunately, not all songs are available to stream or download for free. If it isn’t, you’ll see links to purchase the song instead.

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Pros:

  • Wide variety of artists and genres
  • You don’t have to create an account to stream or download music.
  • Find popular music from around the world and throughout time.

Cons: The app isn’t as user friendly as the website.Not all music is free to stream or download.Many tracks are links to YouTube videos instead of actual MP3 files.

10. Netlabels

Netlabels is a collection of music at the Internet Archive. Virtual record labels upload collections of music. You can download them for free and use them under a Creative Commons license.

At present, there are over 65,000 pieces of music on the site. You can search through them using filters such as year, artist, or genre. Netlabels also offers a small section of foreign language music, which could be useful.

Another valuable aspect of this site is that tracks have a view count. Most likely, those tracks that have a higher number of views are more popular. In a similar way to SoundCloud, this helps you choose good music for your videos that people will actually enjoy.

Movies and TV shows

New music doesn’t always get found when you are avidly searching for it, even watching a movie or TV show will help you find some new tunes you didn’t even know you were looking for. Again this is where an app like Shazam comes in, hopefully you’ll be able to Shazam the song quick enough or have the ability to pause and rewind to capture enough of the song for Shazam to get a hit.

Lots of blockbuster movies are known to have blockbuster music so make sure you keep a listen out for them. There is certainly more music in movies especially then you think there is, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to find a good new song.

Comments 2 Responses

  1. Ash says:

    November 30, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Respekt! Das ist mal eine fantastische Liste um neue Musik zu entdecken. Hypem.com z.B. ist hierfür sehr gut geeignet. Die Algorithmen der Streaming-Anbieter listen nämlich meist nur Bands mit hoher Popularität, die man eh schon kennt.

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    1. Bogdan Rancea says:

      August 20, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      👍👍👍

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