List of online music databases

Below is a table of online music databases that are largely free of charge. Note that many of the sites provide a specialized service or focus on a particular music genre. Some of these operate as an online music store or purchase referral service in some capacity. Among the sites that have information on the largest number of entities are those sites that focus on discographies of composing and performing artists.

DatabaseServicesNo. of tracksNo. of releasesNo. of artistsNotesLicenseFull free access
ACRCloud Music recognition & audio based music retrieval ~40,000,000[1] Commercially available with SDKs, APIs for file scanning, airplay monitoring, shazam-liked features Free trial available in 15 days
AllMusic Music information and reviews. ~20,000,000[2] ~2,200,000[2] Song samples only.
Choral Public Domain Library Sheet music archive of choral and vocal music in the public domain or otherwise freely available for printing and performing Yes
Discogs • Database: user-generated cross-referenced database of physical & digital releases, artists, and labels. With catalogue numbers, codes, and all other markings taken directly from each release.
• Companies/organisations: cross-referencing all others involved in music production (record companies, manufacturers, distributors, publishers, rights holders, venues, studios, etc.)
• Images: for releases, artists, labels, and other companies/organisations listed.
• Marketplace: for trade of physical music releases.
151,200,000[3] 10,000,000[4] 5,000,000[4] • Multi-lingual.
• Free membership (which also removes all site ads).
• Marketplace lists over 35 million items (largest physical music items marketplace online).
• 1 billion edits.
PD/CC0[5] Free API and XML data dumps.[6]
Encyclopaedia Metallum A heavy metal encyclopedia with information, complete discography, links, images, and reviews. ~1,900,000[7] ~265,000[7] ~102,000 bands, ~535,000 artists[7]
freedb Identification service for CDs. GPL.
The Freesound Project repository of Creative Commons-licensed audio samples. CC Sampling Plus.
Genius Allows users to provide annotations and interpretation of song lyrics.
Gracenote Identification service for CDs and other media. ~100,000,000[8] ~8,000,000[8] 1 billion "submissions".[9]
International Music Score Library Project Music scores and parts, mostly scanned from publications now in the public domain; some recordings. 42,000 (370,000 scores) 14,500 composers, 387 performers.[10] PD/CC-BY-NC-SA. Music community website. ~26,484,587[11] ~3,304,568 ~1,383,340 Automatically creates online library/collection of listened to music and generates recommendations.
LyricWiki Lyrics wiki on Wikia. ~1,653,416[12] ~159,749[12] ~82,226[12] Yes, but no access to the lyrics via API.
MAQAM Largest Database of Arabic and Middle Eastern music artists, tracks, and albums. 20,000 1,200
MetroLyrics Lyrics lookup.
MuseScore Online sheet music sharing. Also includes free music notation software to enable a wide range of instrumental music scores to be created, printed and shared No—free accounts are permitted five uploads; beyond that, payment is required
MusicBrainz Open content music database. ~28,608,635[13] ~2,350,941[13] ~1,559,670[13] GPL/LGPL/PD/CC-BY-NC-SA. Free API[14] and XML data dumps.[15]
MusicMight Biographies and discographies.
Musixmatch The world's largest lyrics platform. Yes.
Mutopia Project repository of free content sheet music.
Quantone Database of physical/digital products, venues, photos, artists, participants, composers, movements, labels, publishers and rights. 12,000,000[16] 301,000 For commercial business-to-business usage only. API available.
RateYourMusic 3,368,934 1,123,253
Rolldabeats Drum N Bass music database, physical releases only.
University of Pittsburgh Library System Archives Service Center[17]
Werner Icking Music Archive
Wikifonia Free lead sheets in MusicXML format, contributed and editable by users.
WhoSampled User-generated database of comparison between original tracks and covers, or songs that use samples. 460,000 150,000
DatabaseServicesNo. of tracksNo. of releasesNo. of artistsNotesLicenseFull free access

See also


  1. Ho, Vanessa (2016-10-06). "LyricFind becomes more easily available to developers". Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  2. "Coverage Statistics". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  3. "Data Dumps". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  4. "Explore Releases On Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  5. "Discogs API v2.0 Documentation". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  6. "Discogs API Documentation". Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  7. "M-A Statistics". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  8. Gracenote |
  9. Gracenote |
  10. "Library statistics". IMSLP. Retrieved 2010-12-17..
  11. « CBS IMG
  12. "LyricWiki Statistics". LyricWiki. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  13. "Database Statistics". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  14. "Musicbrainz API Documentation".
  15. "Musicbrainz data dumps".
  16. "Data and API Coverage Statistics". Decibel. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  17. "Home - Audio-Visual Resources @ Pitt Archives - LibGuides at University of Pittsburgh".
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