This is a comprehensive list of search engines that allow users to listen to audio files and watch music videos online. Some of the web sites listed here only return songs from each of their respective databases, while others aggregate content from other multimedia resources and display it in one central location.
Songwriters, musicians and event promoters can also use many of these sites to upload their portfolios, and advertise upcoming concerts for others to find online.
Top 10 Music Search Engines
|Search Engine||Alexa Rank*||Unique Visitors**|
*Alexa Traffic Rank (global). **Monthly Unique Visitor estimates from Compete.com (U.S. only). Updated for 2013; 2014 updates coming soon.
YouTube.com – Backed by Sequoia Capital, YouTube LLC launched the site 2005, which was later purchased by Google Inc. in late 2006. Currently it’s the world’s most popular place to watch music videos online. It allows anyone to upload content, and share their favorites for free. Youtube is one of the best all-around multimedia search engines for business and personal use.
iTunes.com – Introduced in 2001 by Apple, Inc., iTunes is a digital media application that allows users to organizing digital audio files. In the iTunes store you’ll find millions of songs and over 150,000 free podcasts. You can use your computer or mobile device to shop there.
Myspace.com – Founded in 2003 by Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe, it’s a leading social network destination geared towards the entertainment industry. Myspace Music offers an extensive catalog of streamable video and audio content to users and provides major, independent, and unsigned artists with creative tools to help them reach new audiences.
Pandora.com – Created in 2000, Pandora is a US based personalized Internet radio service. It allows users to create custom radio stations, listen to free melodies, and automatically helps users find a new genre, song, artist or album based on their old and current favorites.
Last.fm – Founded in 2002 by Felix Miller, Martin Stiksel, Michael Breidenbruecker and Thomas Willomitze, Last.FM offers an advanced music recommendation service. It’s one of the world’s largest online catalogs, powered by your scrobbles. It let’s users access free Internet radio, watch videos, look at photos, views stats and charts, biographies and concerts.
Grooveshark.com – Created in 2007 by Sam Tarantino, Josh Greenberg and Andres Barretois; Grooveshark is an international streaming service and recommendation application that allows users to find, stream, and upload music free. Members can add songs to their playlist instantly, and anyone can listen to tunes from anywhere around the globe.
Beemp3.com – Created in 2007, BeeMP3 is a meta-search engine used for locating mp3-audio files online. They don’t actually host any music, instead their crawler searches the Internet and indexes all new and popular song file locations. Currently they claim to have over 800,000 mp3 files identified and recorded in their database, with approximately 10,000 new ones getting added daily. Listeners can create playlists, and quickly view them by song, album or artist.
AllMusic.com – Launched in 1995, this is as a place for fans to indulge their passion for music. You can use the site to find out-of-print recordings, or get an original review on new releases. The content is categorized into the following four major categories: meta data, descriptive, relational, and editorial content.
Jango.com – Launched in late 2007 by Daniel Kaufman, Jango is a social music recommendation service that lets people create and share unlimited custom radio stations legally for free. Its Internet radio makes it easy to search your favorite bands, set-up play lists and listen to tunes online.
Playlist.com – Founded in the early 2000s by Jeremy Riney, Playlist is an online community that allows musical fans to discover, organize and share their favorites on popular social networking websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Blogspot. Users can listen to free streaming media, search for a particular singer, or popular recording.
Keep in mind this top ten list of music search engines is based on Alexa Traffic Rank only; not necessarily which ones are best from a user’s perspective. If you’d like us to review another search engine missing from our one of lists don’t hesitate to send us the web site information via our contact form.