31 Music Websites That Artists & Fans Will Love Music Top Picks

31 Music Websites That Artists & Fans Will Love

Music websites can meet diverse needs and interests of music fans and artists around the world. With new ones popping up everyday, it can be hard to find the best ones to follow, subscribe to or become a member of — and you only have so much time. That’s why we’ve made this list of 31 music websites that we think are awesome!

 

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Whether to discover new music or advance your career,
there’s a lot of resources available.

 

Music Websites Just for Fun

ThisIsMyJam

ThisIsMyJam is a basic social media platform specifically for sharing with others what you’re really into today. It’s a great place to find new music from people whose tastes you’ve learned to trust.

StereoMood

StereoMood does what it sounds like it does — it takes the way you feel and plays music to match. Feeling angry? Sad? Happy? Aggressive? Downtrodden? Bored? They try to offer something for every emotional tone in your life.

Gnoosic

Gnoosic (“new music,” get it?) learns about you and tries to play new music you’ll love which you haven’t heard before. It’s based on the Gnod system, or Global Network of Discovery, and it’s plenty of fun for every music fan.

EveryNoiseAtOnce

Every Noise at Once has been around a while now, but it still manages to impress. It’s a visual map of all — all — the genres and subgenres of music accepted by music lovers around the world. It provides samples of each genre as examples, too, so you can listen to and learn about all the kinds of music which surround your own favorites.

Wolfgang’s (previously Concert Vault)

A subscription-based archive which streams live concerts from pretty much any major artist you can imagine.

 

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Music Websites for Music Downloads

 

Music Websites for Free Hip-Hop Downloads

DatPiff

The global “Authority in Free Mixtapes,” no rap fan should go anywhere before visiting DatPiff. ‘Nuff said.

SoundCloud

SoundCloud’s more geared toward hosting indie rappers than anything else, and a ton of them offer their music for streaming or download for nothin’. Just ask Chance the Rapper, who was made famous through SoundCloud, then saved the platform in 2017.

The Source

Offering streaming and free downloads, The Source has a heavy emphasis on hip hop and indie rap for all walks of life.

 

Music Websites for Free EDM Downloads

EDM Sauce

EDM Sauce is a great resource for all things EDM, but they really go out of their way to provide excellent downloads for no cash at all. If you haven’t been already, you’ve been missing out.

ReverbNation

Basically SoundCloud all over again, but even more geared toward artists, ReverbNation is where some of the most intense musicians hang out. They also give a grip of their songs away for free.

 

Music Websites for Free Pop and Rock Downloads

SoundCloud

Also great for these genres.

ReverbNation

Basically SoundCloud all over again, but even more geared toward artists, ReverbNation is where some of the most intense musicians hang out. They also give a grip of their songs away for free.

Last.fm

Everyone knows about Last.fm now, but hardly anyone knows they have a pretty big free downloads section. Dig in.

 

Music Websites for Free Country Downloads

Amazon Music

Everyone knows about Amazon Music, but did you know they try to cater to country music listeners? They do. They also have a massive section dedicated to free downloads. Here you go.

 

Music Websites for Free Classical Downloads

Musopen

Musopen aims to make music free to download, and they specialize in classical. Only five songs can be downloaded daily without becoming a subscriber, but that’s still over 1500 free songs a year. How much music do you really need at home?

 

There’s no such thing as too much music. – GIPHY
 

Other Music Websites Offering Free Downloads

Jamendo Music

Primarily for streaming, but with downloads, too, Jamendo emphasizes independent artists. If you like great tunes with an oddball thrown in from time to time, this is for you.

Audiomack

Bills itself as free music streaming, but offers free music downloads, too.

Jamendo Music

Same as Audiomack, but with an emphasis on independent artists. If you like great tunes with an oddball thrown in from time to time, this is for you.

SoundClick

SoundClick tries to be everything every artist and listener needs in a music website, and they do a great job. Part of that is making free music downloads available.

MP3Juices

MP3 Juices invites you to “Search for your favorite songs from multiple online sources and download them in the best possible quality for free.” They don’t even make you register. Good on them.

MP3 Hunter

A competitor of MP3Juices, MP3 Hunter lets you “search all your favorite MP3, MP4 music in the highest quality for free. No software download needed.” They also have an application available for Android, Music Download Hunter.

2Conv

Want to download an mp3 from a YouTube video? Here you go. Compatible with Android and iOS in addition to desktop computers.

NoiseTrade

“Thousands of albums. Completely free. Completely legal.” Well alright, then.

Epitonic (defunct, but read on)

Epitonic started in 1999, went down for a few years, came back for a few years, and went down again in 2018. But you can still get some of the best music they made available over all that time from their official SoundCloud page here.

Internet Archive (Audio Archive)

The Internet Archive is impossible to describe in a short, useful way. Imagine someone started collecting everything that had ever been put online in a single place, kind of like the Library of Congress for books, but instead it’s for everything online, ever. Now imagine they have a section for stuff you can listen to. That’s the Internet Archive’s Audio Archive.

 

Music Websites for Streaming

Be sure to see our handy article on the best streaming services in 2018 and beyond here to see which service may be right for you. Downloads are being replaced by streaming and it totally makes sense why.

 

Fans can get access to your music anytime they want. – GIPHY
 

Best Free Music Websites for Learning

 

Piano

MusicTheory.net

MusicTheory teaches and discusses the things which make songs work. If you ever wanted to know how to write a pop song which will stand the test of time, this is the place to learn. If you want to know how Beethoven is better than Bach, and vice versa, too, this is also the place to learn.

ReadSheetMusic.info

ReadSheetMusic patiently and in simple terms teaches the musician how to “hear” music on paper, and how to take music from the imagination and write it down so others can “hear” it, too. Really cool.

PianoLessons.com by Pianote

Pianote wants you to be a pianist, and they’ve created this handy site to get you working toward that goal. Why wait? Lots of it is free.

Piano-Keyboard-Guide.com

More a site for information than anything else, PKG has an insane amount of books and articles on all things related to playing the keys. It also features a bunch of basic and intermediate lessons for free, too.

 

Just when you think you’ve mastered your craft. – GIPHY
 

Guitar

JustinGuitar.com

JustinGuitar is a streamlined site with beginners in mind, first, but also with plenty of meat on the bone for players with stronger chops. Justin holds your hand through everything and makes a great, friendly tutor.

FenderPlay.com

You knew they made awesome guitars, but did you know they made excellent teachers, too? They do. It makes sense, after all: the more people are playing, the more people are buying guitars, right?

GuitarLessons.com

GuitarLessons.com mostly provides videos, but they offer other services, besides.

 

Bass Guitar

CyberFretBass.com

Lots of videos with little structure. Great for players looking to dip in without much commitment.

StudyBass.com

A little more robust, StudyBass.com suggests three courses for the budding bassist, each with several units of study to master before graduating to the next level.

 

Drums

FreeDrumLessons.com by Drumeo

All manner of video and audio to learn from at this gigantic site for drummers who want a little edge.

OnlineDrummer.com

Online Drummer is a much bigger site than just what’s free, but the free stuff will take a long time to learn. May as well start there.

DrumAmbition.com

Designed to be a full course in drumming, DrumAmbition’s free area offers you a personal teacher to guide you through some opening techniques. One of the better sites on this list, really.

 

Learning to Play Everything!

Jam Zone, Powered by Harman

Aimed at teaching young children everything there is to jamming on instruments, this website is tons of fun for anyone who has an instrument and some time to kill. You’re never too old to just jam.

Musicians Toolkit

If you’re a musician and haven’t been to the Musician’s Toolkit website, yet, you’re missing out. Wanna brush up on playing guitar? How about the saxophone? Maybe even the harp? Musician’s Toolkit even has a section on the euphonium, and it’s hard to find a player who even knows what that is.

About Sean McCauley

Music blogger, music marketer, all-around linguistic mercenary. Author of over a hundred songs, hundreds of music articles, and thousands of music press releases. 25,000+ albums organically sold. Ex- English Dept. head. Look where the notes meet the words and you'll find me.