Top Websites for Watching Free Music Videos

Merely listening to streaming music, while enjoyable, is only half the experience. To get a full understanding of the songs as a music fan, you'll want to watch your favorite artists and bands perform in their official music videos.

Below are some terrific resources for streaming free music videos online. You've surely heard of some of them, but we've still listed them because they're some of the best.

There are, of course, websites that let you stream or download music as well, but not every one of them is legal. Plus, the ones that are illegal are typically vehicles for malware and other unnecessary programs that only serve to bog down your computer or give you viruses.

YouTube

Free Music Videos on YouTube
What We Like
  • Tons of content.

  • Well-known and new music.

  • High-quality videos.

  • Several filtering options.

What We Don't Like
  • Ad-supported videos.

  • YouTube's size makes native discovery more challenging for emerging artists.

YouTube is no doubt the largest and most popular resource for online videos.

There's a huge number of official music videos that you can watch for free as well as a plethora of user-made videos that cover every conceivable topic.

Simply type the name of your favorite band or artist to see a list of all the videos that go by that name. Chances are, you'll find the band or artist's official channel, which is where they have their official music videos.

However, since other users upload content as well, it's usually fairly easy to find homemade music videos and lyric videos for the songs you search for.

Vimeo

Vimeo Music Streaming Service
What We Like
  • Useful sorting and filtering toggles.

  • Popular and new music videos.

  • Videos are high quality.

What We Don't Like
  • Less content than similar sites.

  • Website shows advertisements.

Vimeo is a free social video-based networking and music video site.​ ​You can also use the sort options to view the results in different ways as ​well as search for a particular artist or band.

If you ever get bored of manually searching for music videos, this service also has a good editorial element to it too. The "staff picks" section is a good place to browse for videos that have recently been spotlighted.

As with most streaming video sites these days, Vimeo also has social networking features that you can use to share your favorite videos on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other popular social sites.

MTV

MTV
What We Like
  • Lots of video player options.

  • Well-known brand that works well with established artists.

What We Don't Like
  • Not many music videos.

  • Hard-to-navigate website.

  • In-video ads.

MTV provides three sections for music videos. One holds all the videos, another is just for the latest videos and the last shows you the most viewed music videos on MTV's website.

To watch the free videos, just use the arrow keys to scroll through the categories or find videos with the search box, and then click one to open the player for a full-screen experience.

As you're watching any of MTV's music videos, there's one button that lets you share it over social media and another that shows suggested videos.

Billboard

billboard
What We Like
  • Auto-organized by popularity.

  • Top videos from the past.

  • Browse by genre.

What We Don't Like
  • Plays previews only.

  • Lots of website ads.

Billboard is a great place to find the top 100 songs of this week. The Hot 100 page is updated every single week to bring you fresh content.

You can use the play button to hear a preview of the song or click the video button to watch the full music video.

You can even look at the top 100 songs from past weeks using the archive search.