Free MP3s for May including New Artists on the Rise

May 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Freebies, Music

Free music MP3s to download in individual tracks or albums – some are available for a limited time.

Amazon offers a free Artists on the Rise MP3 sampler album each month. You get a free track from a selection of up-and-coming music makers and the choices vary by month, so if you’re reading this in a future time-warp, check out what’s up for that month. In May, the freebies include my favorites:

Hold On by Alabama Shakes (sounds a bit like Mick Jagger)
Don’t Say by Scars on 45 (sounds like it should be a backing track in a Grey’s Anatomy scene)
North Side Gal by JD McPherson (sounds like I should be dancing to this)

Plus The Lumineers, Susan Justice, and more. Download just the tracks you like, or the whole free album.

Don’t Mess With Texas: SXSW 2012 New Music is also still free to download, with music by bands who performed at the South by Southwest 2012 Music and Film Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

There’s a ton of Extreme Party Animals free music if you’re planning a party, with faves to rave to ranging from  Johnny B Goode to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to Ice Ice Baby.  (Yes, we’re in the wayback machine, but oldies are often the besties at a party, so everyone can sing along when on the far side of three margaritas.)

If you haven’t yet got the ridiculously catchy Fun. hit single We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monáe) the song costs 99 cents to download, although I’m still resisting it because every time I hear it I can’t stop belting it out at the top of my voice and Mr Cheap does not find that Fun.

Other free music downloads include:

  • Free MP3s of songs with a wide variety of genres and artists familiar and new
  • Free MP3 albums including options from children’s music to hard rock, plus opera, rap, classical, latin, country, blues, and jazz.  You can sort the free music by selecting the genre to the left at the link.

If you’ve found a great piece of music free or on the cheap – don’t keep it to yourself! Tell us about it in the comments box below.

–Tania. Note: I’ve given my Amazon affiliate links. 


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