5 Best Free Classical Music Download Sources

Free and legal classical music MP3 downloads

If you're looking for free classical music downloads, here's a list of the five best places with the top selections of classical music. When added together, these websites have around 10,000 free classical music downloads, mostly in MP3 format.

Whether you're looking for free classical music downloads of Mozart and Bach or a more recent composer, you'll find it all on these sites.

If you want more free music options, listen to free music online without downloading songs or listen to all music genres on the go with free music apps. With all these options available, it's effortless to find and listen to classical music.

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Classic Cat

The Classic Cat free music download website
What We Like
  • Browse by composer or instrument.

  • Several sorting options.

  • Don't need a user account.

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of website ads.

  • Downloads are hosted on other sites.

Classic Cat is hands down the best place to find free classical music downloads because it's home to 6,000 free classical music listings.

Classic Cat provides searches by genre, instrument, composer, or performer and offers a list of the top 150 popular works.

None of the music is housed at Classic Cat. You're taken to another website to download the track. Every website has a slightly different process, so follow the directions listed.

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The Musopen free classical music download website
What We Like
  • Several ways to browse.

  • Includes sheet music.

  • No website ads.

What We Don't Like
  • Must register a user account.

  • Standard quality audio only.

  • Limited to five downloads per day.

Musopen has thousands of free classical music downloads from virtually any composer. It also has a ton of free sheet music available.

It's easy to find free classical music downloads from any composer at Musopen by viewing the site's alphabetical list. You can also browse by time period, performer, or instrument. If you want to explore new music, check out the online radio that pulls up random music for you to stream.

Stream music directly from the site, but a free user account is required to download classical music.

You can stream and download classical music from Musopen for free. However, only five songs can be downloaded per day with a free account.

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Free Music Archive

The Free Music Archive classical music downloading website
What We Like
  • Thousands of free downloads.

  • Unique sorting options.

  • Don't need a user account.

What We Don't Like
  • Few music categories.

Free Music Archive (FMA) is another site with tons of free classical music downloads, to the tune of more than 5,000.

These free classical music downloads are spread across 300 pages, but you can sort the list by artist name, track, album, and genre, as well as by date added and most interesting.

To listen to music, click the Play button next to the song. To download a song as an MP3 file, click the Download button to the right of the piece.

At Free Music Archive, you can download classical music without a user account, and add songs to a playlist and play songs in a browser from the FMA website.

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The Last.fm free classical music downloads page
What We Like
  • Instant downloads.

  • User account not required.

  • Hundreds of free downloads.

What We Don't Like
  • No useful search option.

  • Music isn't organized into genres.

  • Can't preview before downloading.

  • Several advertisements.

Last.fm has 20 pages of free classical music downloads. It's not possible to search through the classical selection or browse subcategories. Instead, scroll through all the pages to find something to download.

However, it's super simple to download the free classical music at Last.fm. When you find something you want, click the Download button to the right of the MP3 file to immediately start the download.

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Wikipedia: List of Sound Files

Wikipedia's list of sound files page
What We Like
  • Multiple audio format options.

  • Stream music before downloading.

  • Lots of free audio files.

What We Don't Like
  • Browse by name only.

  • No dedicated search tool.

  • Less-than-useful filtering options.

Wikipedia might not be the first place people go to for free classical music downloads, but the site offers a big selection.

The music at Wikipedia is organized into subsections by composer name. Either scroll through the pages of downloads, sort by the composer name or year the piece was added to the list, or search through all of the sub-pages at once.

The free classical music on Wikipedia can be streamed from the page or downloaded as an OGG file.