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Should YouTube Videos Have Background Music?

#YouTube Videos Background Music

Youtube is the 2nd most visited site on the entire web, so it’s safe to say you’d be missing out on a huge market if you don’t regularly post to the platform. Whether that be to advertise your business, share your passions/hobbies, or just to show others some silly videos you made with your friends.

As a general rule, it is good for YouTube videos to have background music as it can enhance the production quality of the content and increase user engagement when appropriate background music is chosen and the background music is set to the right background music audio level.

Although the concept of Youtube is easy, there are a lot of technical and analytical aspects of the platform that are heavily studied and experimented with by those looking to get the maximum amount of exposure they can on the app – thumbnails, video titles, video length, editing tools, etc. And one of the most commonly implemented tools by creators is background music.

But do you need background music in your Youtube videos? If so, how do you implement it properly into clips? What type of music should be used? All of these questions, and more, will be answered in today’s article! Let’s get started…

Is Background Music Necessary?

Well, there’s not really a definitive answer to this question. It all depends on the style and tone of the video.

For example: If you’re making a serious video essay surrounding the political unrest in Afghanistan, using
background music isn’t necessarily advisable. Possibly, if the music is correctly toned to the topic at hand, then background music could be implemented (I.e. serious, sombre toned music).

But if you’re making an upbeat, energetic film review on the most recent Marvel movie, then background music should absolutely be implemented!

This should give you some idea of when background music should be utilised and when it may not be as relevant.

But why even consider adding background music in the first place? How does it benefit the quality of your Youtube video in the first place?

Well, the main advantage that comes with having background music in your videos is that it helps prevent the videos from becoming stale and awkward.

You might not realise it, but a majority of the time when you’re having a conversation with a friend, partner, colleague,
etc., there is usually some level of background noise. Our brains naturally filter it out over time as we focus our attention on the person we’re speaking to.

But in a Youtube video, there’s no such background noise to speak of.

Therefore, if there is no background music, the video can feel a little dry, or even become a little tense and awkward. And this is a key reason why background music should be implemented in a video. But there are more than just one factor as to why.

Using background music for comedic effect is also another way your videos could benefit from background music. A lot of the time, a cheeky musical gag can get a good laugh out of the audience, and just add that little bit more humour to a video that may be lacking in some areas.

Another reason for utilising background music would be to fill audio gaps in the recording.

For example, if a segment of your Youtube video includes a timelapse or a drawn-out sequence that showcases some sort of process, having background music avoids that portion of the video from becoming boring and stagnant, and prevents viewers from clicking off the video because they’ve lost interest.

What Type of Background Music Should I Be Using?

Just like before, the answer to this question does depend greatly on the individual video. A lot of the time, it should be pretty clear what type of music should be used; a good rule of thumb is to always try and match the tone of your music to your video.

For a dramatic video, use dramatic music; for a happy video, use happy music. That may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people get this fundamental concept wrong and end up ruining the tone of their video in the process.

Another element of the background music that is of paramount importance when choosing which tracks to include, is copyright. Copyrighted music can be a real pain in the backside for creators, as record labels could have your video taken down from the platform for copyright infringement, or have your channel demonetised so you can’t earn anything from either some or all of your videos.

The best way to avoid this issue entirely is to only select music that is royalty free.

If you simply google “royalty free music” there are websites on the web that allow you to download thousands of royalty free tracks, for free, for you to use in your Youtube videos.

Personally, I recommend the following sites for background music for videos:

Royalty Free Music LibraryMusic Cost
Louise Byrne MusicFree
Envato Elements14.40 per month
Shutterstock£13.25 per month

You may not be able to select a specific song that you had in mind, but having an unknown song in your video as background music is preferable to a complete demonetisation and possible removal of the video.

How Do I Add Background Music to My Video?

Now that you’ve chosen the music you want to include in your video, how do you go about actually implementing it?

Firstly, open up your video in the editing software of your choice.

Every half-dedent, free video editing software should give you the option to import audio into the application. Have a good look around all the drop-down menus until you find them.

The software should give you the option to import audio files that are downloaded onto your computer. Go to your downloaded files and select the music you downloaded previously.

Some software may automatically put the music into a separate timeline that runs parallel to your video timeline. If your software doesn’t do this and instead places the audio file in a separate imports menu, then you may have to either drag and drop the file onto the timeline, or right-click it and do so.

And there you have it! You may wish to cut the music in certain places so it flows with the visuals on screen, and you may want to add more than one music clip, but the main bulk of the process is done!

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