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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Music for YouTube Videos

| On 22, Jun 2021

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Creating YouTube videos can be a fun and challenging process. This can be a way to connect with people in ways that were never thought possible. As well as being a new outlet in a career in filmmaking and art for passionate filmmakers.

For most content creators, music can add or enhance the mood they’re trying to go for. But you don’t know if you need music for your video. Or you want to add it, but don’t know what you should use.

Well, we’re going to go over the top 5 factors to consider when choosing music for YouTube videos.

For this, we’re going to go over what you need to know when deciding to add music to your videos. 

Why Do You Need Music For Your Videos?

So, right now you might think “why would I need music?” If you take a look at some of the most successful or popular YouTube videos, even the more informative ones, they have some kind of ambiance playing in the background.

So not only can this simple change make your videos that much more entertaining, but it can also add a sense of creativity that is overlooked.

Music is a very universal language too and can make you connect with others who have your tastes and interests. By adding the music that catches someone’s ear, it’ll make them stay longer for your video and want to see what you have to offer as well.

What Do I Need To Think About When Adding Music?

Just like any work of art, video making and music takes time. You want to know what you plan before you start making decisions. There are many factors that play out when wanting to add music to your creation.

Here is a rundown of the top 5 factors to go over

  1. What is the mood you’re going for
  2. What genre do you want to use
  3. How many songs you want to put in
  4. Any copyright laws you need to worry about
  5. Where you can find your music

All of these can really affect the decision-making and choices you make when trying to think of music that would fit. So let’s go through it one at a time.

1. What Is the Mood You’re Going For?

Depending on what kind of video you’re making, you have to decide how you want your audience to feel when they watch and listen.

Having music that sounds out of place or doesn’t fit what you’re trying to bring will really hurt your channel and even confuse some people when they try to power through your video.

Take, for example, a scene from an action movie, how chase scenes usually have fast-paced dramatic music playing in the background. If that were to change to something silly like circus performing music, it changes the tone drastically.

2. What Genre Do You Want to Use?

The choice of genre of music is the most important decision when making a video. All songs are different and people’s tastes are different.

After deciding on the mood of the video, experiment on the genres that convey the mood you’re going for the best.

If you’re going for something calm and relaxing, consider jazz or lo-fi hip hop. Or if the video is meant to be energetic yet casual, try pop music or classic rock. Whichever you decide, make sure it’s what sounds good to you.

If you want to take it a step further, look at your competition as an example. See what genre they like to make that’s similar to what you’re creating and use that as an idea of what you could go for.

3. How Many Songs do You Want to Put In?

Some videos tend to have different tracks playing at different times or scenes. This helps make the transitions really make the video more unique and seem more professionally made.

Everything from intro music for your videos, to background music that you can add anywhere during the video’s playthrough, will not only add more production value, it will also add quality that makes viewers watch longer.

In order to make transitions flow naturally, you have to know how much of a song you want to put before changing it up. Editing tools like Adobe Premiere makes it easy, though you should consider having an editor or mixer help out.

4. Any Copyright Laws You Need to Worry About?

If you can avoid using popular songs made by a famous artist, it would help you down the line. But if you feel like it fits well with your video, make sure you know what’s going to happen to your video.

Most creators on YouTube want to make content to eventually get monetized and make money from their work. So, obviously, you’d want to be as original as possible.

When you start adding copywritten music that you don’t own the rights to, you will have your video flagged and possibly be taken down, or you would have to pay royalties to the artist of that song you use.

So don’t be surprised if you’re video gets demonetized because you decided to play Lady Gaga in the background while talking about beauty products.

5. Where You Can Find Your Music?

After all that decision-making and all that worrying, now it’s time to find your music. So where do you go? Well, there are options where you can find the right music to your tastes.

YouTube’s Audio Library has plenty of royalty-free songs that are great to listen to even just casually and are free copyright laws, made for content creators. 

If you really want to be original though, you may want to consider making your own music or hire a composer that would be willing to make the music for you.

No matter what you choose though, the best music for your youtube video is what you feel is right and what you think does best.

Start Adding Music For YouTube Videos

Now you know the factors that come to play when creating a video and adding music for YouTube videos. Adding that little extra effort can really make a difference in how many viewers and subscribers you earn.

If you’re still unsure what you should do or what would work, look at the many examples of people before you who chose music to play.

If you found this information useful, be sure to check out our other articles on entertainment and arts.