Royalty free music and gaming videos. They're a match made in heaven - except when you choose the wrong genre to go with your video.
We're pretty confident that at some point you were watching someone's gaming video or live stream and couldn't help but think to yourself, "Dude. The music is terrible." Or maybe you even found comments like that on your own gaming video. We're not judging. Mistakes happen pretty often when it comes to pairing royalty free music to gaming videos and live streams, but we're here to help you out.
Not only are we going to give you a rundown on the 'if and when' of incorporating music into your gaming videos, but also outline the top 4 royalty free music genres for every type of gaming video. We're pretty confident that by the end of this post, you're going to be ready to pick out some awesome royalty free music tracks for your gaming videos.
Let's get into it!
If you're finding viewers leaving comments about the music in your videos, you're probably doing something wrong. When it comes to royalty free music for games, there are two very common mistakes:
Using music at the wrong time tends to happen more often than using the wrong kind of music, although both can coincide with one another too. Playing loud music during the first-time playthrough of a game isn't a great idea since viewers probably want to hear the game and your commentary. You can also ruin the vibe of intense games, especially horror games, if you're playing music in the background that throws off the instrumentals and sound effects in the game itself.
Royalty free music for games should compliment your videos, not serve as a distraction. We've talked before about how important choosing music for video games is, but this time around we want to give you our top 4 music genre picks and ideas for which ones should be used when.
The Chill Electronic or simply 'Chill' genre is trending hard right now as relaxing background music that's easy to listen to and fairly neutral. You can also find a wide range of moods within the Chill genre, from energized and quirky right to sleepy relaxing. This music is perfect for casual playthroughs of puzzle, exploration, or strategy games that don't have a lot of action. The Chill genre is also great for casual live streams where you want a little background music but you also want to be able to easily talk with your audience.
Our Playlist Pick - Vlog & Social Media: Electronic Chill
If you're grinding through an action-packed game or doing a no-talk playthrough, then something in the Rock genre might be perfect. You can find royalty free rock music in every category of the rock genre, from metal to punk. Our library is also stocked with Rock that has vocals as well as only instrumentals. Most gamers choose to go with no-vocals since it makes it a bit easier for viewers to focus on the game vs listening to the song. A track in the Rock genre is also a great way to get or keep viewers excited during live streams as an into and during breaks.
Our Playlist Pick - Rock Rock Rock
Hip hop is starting to become more popular as an alternative to Rock. It's definitely a different style, but the energy and mood tend to be fairly close to Rock so it makes for a great substitution. You can find our hip-hop tracks with or without vocals and in a huge range of different moods. If you want a more urban chill feeling to your gaming videos, you can get that easily with hip-hop. As far as royalty free music for games goes, Hip-hop can suit more intense games, including first-person shooters, horror, and more.
Our Playlist Pick - Hip Hop Staff Picks
Instrumentals are a huge genre that is really popular in the gaming world. It's easy to listen to and compliments most game genres very well. It works particularly well in Let's Plays or walkthroughs of RPG, adventure, and open-world games where you spend time exploring. We'd say that instrumentals as background music create a different ambiance than Electronic Chill - more on the classical side of things. You can also use Instrumentals to purposely change the ambiance of your game. If you want royalty free music for games to ramp up the intensity of an epic battle, instrumentals will do that for you.
Our Playlist Pick - Documentaries: Modern Ochestral
Don't be afraid to ask your audience what they think of music in the background of your videos or live streams. After all, they are who really counts when it comes to the success of your channel. You might be surprised at what genre your listeners prefer. You might even find out that they prefer music only during intros, breaks, or casual chats versus actual gameplay.
With that being said - don't be afraid to experiment with your music choices. Start off with tracks that are easy to listen to, keep the volume low, and see how your viewers like it.
We've talked before about why royalty free music for games is the way to go, but if you missed out and want a quick summary, here's what you need to know.
Gamers can't legally use just any old music for their videos or live streams. In order to be 100% legal and not violate Terms of Service agreements on platforms like YouTube or Twitch, you must own the licensing rights to the music you include in your videos or play in the background during streams.
The world of music licensing can be confusing, but a sure-fire way of knowing you're in the clear is to use royalty free music for games or other forms of content you’re publishing. Royalty free music is a category of music licensing that allows users (you) to purchase a license to a music track to use however you like. Some royalty free music sources charge a small fee per music track while some of the best sources - like us at Soundstripe - charge a monthly or annual subscription fee which covers all of your license downloads.
As a gamer, you have more important things to worry about than whether your video is going to get flagged for music copyright infringement or not. Using royalty free music for games solves the issues so you can focus on what you do best - gaming and giving your audience great content.
Soundstripe is the all-inclusive, go-to source for royalty free music for games. Like we mentioned above, we aren't about the tedious life. Once subscribed you get instant access to our entire library of royalty free music, which has thousands of tracks. We even upload about 300 new tracks every month on top of it.
But don't worry. We're a pretty organized team so we categorize the heck out of our music library. You can search by filters including Mood, Genre, Pace, Duration, and even by Instruments and Key. Yep. We're that thorough. You can see for yourself by checking out our Songs list by clicking here.
You can also find premade Playlists on our site, which makes browsing for new music in a specific genre or mood super easy. You might have noticed that our top 4 suggestions all link to amazing playlists made by our staff. Don't forget that as you start gathering up your favorite tracks you can add them to your own playlists so you don't lose them!
When you're ready to try out some Electro Chill in your next playthrough or ramp up the energy with some Rock in your upcoming grind, our Music Library is waiting for you. All you need to do is visit our website and Sign Up.