How to Find Out What Music You Can Use In YouTube Videos

how to find music you can use legally on youtube

So I’ve used social media for years and YouTube is no different.  While I had my main account and all videos associated with it deleted in 2009, I run 5 different YouTube channels and collectively from my top 2 accounts I have over 1 million views.  Not trying to brag just want to let you know you can do it too! Seriously, I’m not right upstairs and if I can do it … your 6 year old can crush it!

But, we content creators on YouTube have some big issues.  I need background music for my video or intro music.  It isn’t a hard problem to fix.  Just find some public domain music.  Right?


If you plan on keeping anyone’s attention you need some good sounding music and not something recorded in 1942. That is why I’m writing this blog post.

So, just in case if you didn’t know, YouTube has compiled everything you need to know on if you can use a specific song for your YouTube videos.

Just start off by going to the YouTube Music Policies page. Once you are there you can search songs by name and see what their policies are on that specific song.

It will tell you if it is allowed, where it will be viewable, and if you can monetize your video.

If you are planning on monetizing your videos on YouTube then I’d recommend using something from their audio library if you haven’t had any luck finding a stock audio clip or you may even want to try reaching out to some local musicians and asking for rights to use their music.  Hey, reach out to your favorite artist on Instagram or Twitter.  You may get a yes from him or her directly 🙂 Cool to talk to your favorite musician huh?

Don’t want to take up any more of your time but thought I’d share this.

I hope this helps!

If you have any questions, please comment below or shoot me a DM on Instagram or shoot it over to me on Twitter … Handle is @cjhallock

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