Top 10 Websites for Downloading Free Music (Legally)

Nowadays, you can find music all over the web to stream, but with services such as Spotify and Pandora, you need good internet. If you’re in an area without internet, or you just want to legally download free music, here are 10 of the best websites that make it possible.

1. Last.FM

Last.FM is better known as a website that provides free streaming and recommendations, but did you know you can also download music on the website? It has over 200 free mp3 downloads of your favorite artists, such as Drake, Guns N’ Roses, Moby, White Lies, and more. You can sort tracks by genre or simply browse through all available downloads.

2. Amazon

You can get anything at Amazon. It’s a little-known fact that Amazon also allows you to download tons of free mp3s with a click of a button. There are tens of thousands of songs you can download, including famous artists such as Blondie, Foo Fighters, Flogging Molly, and more. You can browse by genre, looking at anything from alternative rock to soundtracks. It even has free gospel, Christian, and holiday options.

3. Epitonic

Epitonic offers free mp3 downloads and possible streaming options. This website can help you find new genres with easy audio tours. Simply go to the genres/radio to view the walk-throughs. It features artists such as Peaches, Belle and Sebastian, Grand National, Cat Powers, and more. You can create your own playlist or download whatever you want. You can sort by new releases, featured items, or genres.

4. Jamendo

The free music on this website is made available through Creation Commons licensees. This means the artists themselves have given permission for their music to be distributed for the general public to enjoy free of cost. The music is easy to browse, as you can search by most popular, most downloads, most played, and the latest releases. Jamendo also has a free app for most mobile devices.

5. Free Music Archive

Free Music Archive (FMA) has been around since 2009, allowing people to listen and download music at their leisure. This is probably the easiest way to find music that you love. FMA allows you to search by genres that include blues, electronic, hip-hop, oldies, folk, pop, spoken, and more. You can also see any recently added highlights that may be on the website. Furthermore, you can browse the recent charts for last week, last month, and all time!

6. Internet Archive’s Audio and MP3 Library

If you’re looking for more than just songs, look no further. Internet Archive allows you to listen to music, audio, podcasts, radio programs, and more. Download free staff pics or choose music based on the most downloaded from last week or all time. It features top artists, such as Jack Johnson, Grateful Dead, Smashing Pumpkins, and John Mayer. This website has everything and more.

7. NoiseTrade

NoiseTrade has thousands of albums right on its website and lets you download them legally and free. The artists allow you to listen, and if you choose, you can tip them or help promote them. You’ll need to enter an email address and zip code before you can download each album, but providing this information gets you a free code for downloading. The music available is sorted by top downloads or genres. There are over 20 genres to choose from, including classical, Christian/gospel, pop, jazz, comedy, hip-hop, and more.

8. PureVolume

PureVolume is another website that allows you to download free music offered by artists. You can view top songs, top downloads, or browse your favorite artists. The website even has entire albums available to download. You can filter albums by most popular, recent releases, or upcoming releases.

9. SoundClick

SoundClick is the perfect place to find any free music. It features artists who want you to download their music for free. You can listen to a song, and if you love it, download it! You can also create your own custom radio stations, get to know other listeners through forums, or read about your favorite artists through SoundClick artist profiles.

10. iTunes

You can buy music at iTunes, but you can also download some tunes for free. The free options on the website are numerous. Simply go to iTunes Store and look for “Free on iTunes” under the quick links option. You can download free music, movies, TV shows, books, apps, and more. The freebies section is updated often, so be sure to check the website weekly.

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Posted on May 5, 2023