On an average day, I usually dilvuge about a half hour to an hour on the internet looking for music. Throughout this time, I have found a large collection of free music websites. This list does not contain any illegal websites or individual mashup artists (I may write some articles featuring these talented individuals later)
While Last.fm does not update as regularly as some websites do, it has a strong and very intensive collection of music. One of the best things about Last.fm is that it provides a way to look at different genres.Actually, the fact that it has so many different genres is remarkable enough as many of these music websites are not as diverse. The site is strongest in soft pop and, indie songs (check out Blackbird Blackbird and Pogo). The website is limited, however, due to the fact that one cannot maneuver easily around the website; such as look for most requested, most viewed, or most recent songs. This site is a good site to hit once about every couple weeks to months, just to see if a new song has managed to hit the top and is worth downloading. A good comparison for this site is Google; if you haven’t found with you’re looking for within the first couple of pages, it’s probably not worth wasting any more of your time looking.
Spinner radio’s MP3 of the Day has a consistent flow of, well, one song a day. Most of their MP3s of the Day can be downloaded even if you miss the day it was originally posted. Their music is mainly electronic or indie, though an occasional rap, rock or country song is mixed in as well.
This is the only blog that is featured on this listing. This blog, however, is unusually well kept and usually turns out 2-3 songs a day. The major focus is hip-hop and dubstep, but it does a fantastic job at keeping its selections within these genres very varied. It contains a good collection of both mainstream and extremely underground artists. While his grammar at times could use some checking up, he is truly a talented man at finding good sources of some exceptionally good hip-hop, rap and dubstep artists. However, it would be helpful if he provided a “Best of Thissongissick” once and a while to compile some of his personal favorite songs of the year on his blog.
These artists are brilliant. Who, in their right mind, would ever think of mashing up Souja Boy and Van Halen, Daft Punk and The Beatles, or a German emo band and a Dubstep artist? Well, Mashuptown gives you the best of the best (in their opinion). With a huge collection of mashups from many different artists as well as compliation albums, prepare to have your mind blown. The words, “they’re so different, they will never work out together,” will be never be uttered upon your lips again. Mashuptown is usually very consistent providing a new mashup around everyday or so.
This is another great website mostly focusing on indie and electronic music. While Pitchfork’s rating of some albums is quite questionable, they do provide a good opportunity for aspiring artists to showcase the music, and for the listener to snag some interesting tracks. In fact, recently, Pitchfork has featured a new single from Drake, get it here. Pitchfork provides a decent amount of music as well, around 2-3 songs a day.
First off, Audioporn Central is not a pornagraphic site; though if you mistype a couple of keystrokes, it may turn into one. One of the most creative websites, it features a “barely illegal” and “barely legal” section. Barely illegal is a great source of, once again, mashup songs and albums as well as bootleg remixes. Barely legal is mainly electronic and dubstep music. The most appealing aspect of APC, however, is its monthly issue of “Best of APC,” where it lists its top ten tracks. This is immensely helpful, and allows you to snag some gems that you may have overlooked.
I saved my personal favorite for last. RCR LBL is the most diverse free, legal music website online. With an average of 5-6 free song downloads a day in many different musical genres, this is truly the mother of all free music websites. Like many websites, it does mainly have indie and electronic music, but it does a good job featuring artists of different musical backgrounds as well. This is a definite must go-to website, and check out “Over” by Gusgus, while you’re at it.