There are tons of websites where you can download free music and watch free music videos online. However, there are also services where you can listen to free music online without downloading anything, perfect for when you want to stream curated playlists and listen to internet radio.
Below is a list of the best free music websites based on my experience using them. I refresh this list each month if any of the websites are no longer free or change their features, and I’m always on the lookout for other awesome music sites to include.
A Mix of New and Old Music: Spotify
Spotify is the first app I reach for when I want to stream music because I like the way it works and that it includes tens of millions of songs.
Once you’re set up, search and listen to your favorite music, create playlists, and share music with your friends. You can also access curated playlists. There are plenty of free tools for creating a Spotify playlist online.
Premium plans let you download Spotify music, listen without ads, stream higher-quality audio, play songs on demand, read song lyrics, and skip songs as often as you like. There’s one for individuals, families, and students, and all are usually free for the first few months.
The free music through Spotify plays through a web browser, mobile device, or desktop manager that you can download to your computer. Grab the Spotify app, or visit the link below to stream the free music from a browser.
For YouTube Fans: 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. The site’s home page has personal mixes and handy categories like All-time essentials, Feel-good favorites, Today’s biggest hits, and Live performances.
I like that I can hide the video to only listen to the music, which is a great way to listen without distractions. I’m also a huge fan of the lyrics that I can read for some songs.
With a paid subscription, you can listen ad-free, offline, and with your screen off (on mobile). There are individual and family plans.
Create Custom Radio Stations: Pandora
Pandora is a great place to find tracks from your favorite artists, and it’s a great place to discover new music. When you search for an artist, genre, or composer, the service creates an online streaming radio station based on what you like. Besides listening to free music online, you can also download the free Pandora app for your mobile device.
What I appreciate most about using Pandora is that as I listen to custom stations, I’ll hear songs and artists similar to those I’ve already liked. I can then tell Pandora to play more tracks like what I’ve listening to or to move in a different direction.
Premium and Plus are the ad-free, paid versions of Pandora that include features like a desktop program, higher audio quality, offline listening, and more. You can also get the family plan for six people. There may be discounts if you’re a student or in the military.
See everywhere you can stream Pandora for links to app downloads.
Unlimited, Super Customized Radio: Jango
Jango is another free streaming radio service that makes it easy to listen to free music online from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Beyond the unlimited listening and minimum commercials, what makes this service great is that you can build custom radio stations by simply picking your favorite band or singer. There are also hundreds of pre-made stations you can look through by genre.
One neat feature I enjoy using is the variety setting. While playing from any station, adjust the variety meter to teach the site what it should play for you. There’s also an edit button where you can choose up to 10 artists to add to the station; Jango will play songs by them and other related artists.
Visit the trending section to jump to the most popular radio stations.
Find Up-and-Coming Artists: SoundCloud
SoundCloud is a long-time favorite of mine that I return to when I want to hear something new. It lets people upload music for free, so it’s a great place to find up-and-coming artists.
You can see what’s trending on SoundCloud and browse genres like disco, electronic, country, ambient, and more. There’s also a search tool, so you can quickly find tracks, bands, and podcasts. Follow artists to stay on top of their new releases, and like tracks and playlists to store music in your personal music collection.
SoundCloud Go+ lets you listen without an internet connection, removes ads, and offers higher quality audio. You also get access to premium tracks. A free 30-day trial is available, and it’s half off for students. Free SoundCloud mobile apps are also available.
Listen to Live Radio From Around the World: TuneIn
TuneIn is probably the best place to listen to live radio stations over the internet. It’s possible to find local stations in your area, but you can also search over 100,000 stations from around the world.
Sort radio stations by genre to find anything from rock, ambient, and religious music to sports stations, business news, and travel podcasts. I like to look through the trending radio stations to see what other users are listening to.
TuneIn works from a web browser or desktop program on a computer and through mobile apps. Your favorite stations can be stored in your account to have access from all your devices. For more features like fewer ads, upgrade to TuneIn Premium, which includes 30 days free.
Live Local Radio: iHeartRadio
iHeartRadio combines live radio and custom music streaming into one awesome website and app. You can listen to live radio stations on iHeartRadio by selecting the city and genre that you like, and it displays the stations that match your search criteria. You can also build custom stations around the songs and artists you like.
I’ve had a good time using the iHeartRadio mobile app because it supports a sleep timer and has an alarm to automatically play my favorite stations in the morning.
To play specific songs, replay music from the radio, listen offline, build an unlimited number of playlists, and skip more songs, you have to pay for Plus or All Access.
Professional DJ Mixes: Mixcloud
Mixcloud asks users to re-think radio. The music here is put together by DJs and radio presenters from around the world, making for a different listening experience than what you may be used to. Sort these mixes, radio shows, and music podcasts by mood or genre as well as searchable tags.
For example, if I open the classical music show, I can add ambient and chillout tags to get a highly customized stations that will play that type of music.
There are Mixcloud apps available for iPhone, iPad, and Android if you want to listen on your phone or tablet. It’s also available for Apple TV. You can pay for more features like zero ads, the ability to rewind, and early access to new features.
No-Commercial Radio: Dash Radio
Dash Radio is another internet radio website where you can stream free music. I like it because there aren’t commercials, there’s a link to read lyrics, and you can browse for songs by decade.
Some of the other genres include jazz, classical, world, hip-hop, pop, Latin, and country.
Apps for Dash Radio are available on dozens of platforms, including Android and iOS.
Stream Music Ad-Free Every Day: AccuRadio
AccuRadio is like other online radio services on this list. Browse for a station by genre, or have them pick a random one if you’re not sure what you want to listen to. You can also view the most popular music for inspiration. There are a handful of mobile apps so that you can listen on multiple devices.
Sign up for a free user account to hear fewer commercials, customize your channel to suit your tastes, and save channels as favorites. You can also “ban” an artist or song to stop hearing that music.
I love that, on certain days, you can listen with zero commercials without a paid account! This is awesome, and very different from most of the music sites I’ve used.
Some of the interesting genres available here include beautiful music, Canadian, love songs, opera, movie & TV music, and Nordic folk songs. If you make a free account, you can even blend channels together for a unique mix.
Stream Concerts Live: LiveOne
With LiveOne, you can create custom radio stations built around the songs, genres, and artists you enjoy. After choosing the type of music you like to listen to, LiveOne streams similar music mixed in with the songs you suggested.
In addition to streaming live festivals and events, you can also browse through radio-like stations, which is a great way to discover new music. The service works from various mobile devices through their mobile app.
You can buy a subscription for more features. There’s a Plus version with no ads, unlimited skips, and maximum audio quality. The Premium version includes those features, as well as offline listening and the ability to play any music on demand.
A Better Way to Find YouTube Music: StreamSquid
StreamSquid is another free music streaming service you can use without making a user account. What makes this website different from the others is that it plays audio from YouTube without the videos.
Stream your favorite YouTube music by searching for the artist or song title. StreamSquid also includes its own music collection and has several ways to help you find your new favorite song.
There’s a section dedicated to popular music on StreamSquid, and one for trending tracks. I also like the genres — in addition to the normal ones are others like focus, workout, sleep, gaming, romance, and travel.
Beyond that, you can search for specific tracks, albums, and artists, and browse the top charts from various countries.
The Social Platform Turned Music Streaming Service: Myspace
Previously a popular social networking site, Myspace has been remade into a music platform. Hear songs you know and discover new tracks, and you don’t need a Myspace account to do it.
Find music by searching for the artist or song name. There are many genres to choose from as well as Myspace mixes such as Top Country Songs, Top Pop Songs, and others for alternative indie songs, rock music, best songs by year, and more.
Overall, this is a decent place to listen to music, but it’s never a first choice for me. The website feels weird to use, and the music always takes a bit to finally start.