Vlogging (video blogging in full) is a new trend among the younger generations. Making a vlog is not as simple as taking a camera and shooting a video, but it has much more things you should consider. First of all, you need a camera to do the shooting and that should be coupled with a decent or top quality microphone to record the audio. You will also need to light your set. You might think the sunlight is enough, but it's impossible to control nature therefore for consistency and ease of setup, it will be better to stick to LED lights. You will also need a video post-editing software to edit the video and audio, and these are available all over the internet. Although BGM (background music) is part of video post-editing, it is perhaps an underrated feature of a vlog. More than anything else. successful vlogs are a success because of the great background music featured on them. In this guide, we will show you how to choose the optimal background music, provide you with some recommendations as well as how to download it.
Part 1: How to choose the optimal BGM for your vlogs
Music has for a long time accompanied movies, and often times the soundtracks outsell the movies themselves. For example, Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” was so powerful that it sold millions of copies, and whenever anyone hears that song, it is almost impossible not to think of the Titanic movie. The concept of background music will also apply to vlogs, and if you find the perfect song you can amplify your vlog’s reach and resonance. Therefore, we will give you some tips on how to choose the optimal background music for your vlogs.
1. Choose a song that speaks to your audience
If people who watch your vlogs are from the younger generation, it is possibly better to choose from hip-hop, pop, electronic, dance or indie. If your audience is made up of the older generation, its better to keep it simple with classical music, or jazz. The same goes for an audience of professionals in business, in which it would be better to use ambient rock, cooperate tones, or classic rock. Therefore, the more you know your audience’s age, preferences and affiliations, the easier it will be for you when choosing a background song.
2. Decide what role the music will play in your video
A background song can generally match what you are talking about on your vlog, it can unleash energy or it can provide a sub-perceptual lift. What kind of vlog are you going to produce? If your vlog is about explaining or giving a demo, it's better to subtle music to maintain your audience’s attention. If your vlog is about a story, use clear music to which will make your explanation better. If your vlog is about an announcement or promo, use some dramatic music to elicit emotion. You should also remember to keep the volume of the music low so that your audience can hear what you are saying.
3. Make use of reference music
If you have a particular song in mind, listen to it from any source you have, like SoundCloud, YouTube, etc. If that particular song does not suit your needs, then find a similar song to that one based on the same rhythm, progression or instrumentation. This will help you to choose your song at the quickest time.
4. Get to know which genres make the best background music
There are millions of songs available, and if it seems stressful for you to chose one track out of the limitless array of options, you can narrow your options to a particular genre. For vlogs, it is popular to stick with instrumentals, although other genres could work.
5. Get to know your budget
Some songs have royalties on them, and in order to use them you will need to pay a fee. Generally you should consider if your budget is small, medium or large. If you are looking for royalty-free music, it is also available for you to chose from, but you may still need to pay a license fee. It is best to check the licensing rules before you choose a song.
Part 2: Best background music recommendations
A French poet once said Music is the literature of the heart. Not only does background music apply to movies, but it also applies to vlogs. If you want your vlogs to be more engaging, have greater watch time and high rankings, it is important for you to use background music properly. In fact, the issue of music that accompanies a video is one of the most underrated aspects of any successful vlog, such that a lot of viewers can be unforgiving of the audio sucks. We have compiled a list of 20 songs that you can use as background music for your vlogs. Some of them are instrumentals, since they are the more suitable for vlogs.
1.“Super Far” by Jake Clifford Goss, Les Priest, Paul Klein & Ryan Tedder
2.“Watch” by Billie Eilish ft. FINNEAS
3.“Homemade Dynamite” by Lorde, Ella Yelich-O'connor, Tove Lo & Jakob
4.“Waves” by Dean Lewis, Nick Atkinson & Edd Holloway
5.“Summer Bummer (feat. A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti)t” by Lana Del Rey
6.“Don't Be a Fool” by Shawn Mendes, Scott Harris & Geoffrey Warburton
7.“Closer” by POWERS ft. Crista Russo, Nate Campany & Mike Del Rio
8.“Cold Little Heart” by Michael Kiwanuka, Dean Josiah Cover & Brian Burton
9.“Look At What the Light Did Now” by Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White
10.“Lonely Town” by Puggy, Matthew Irons, Romain Descampe & Egil Franzen
11.“Hallelujah” by Noah Kahan & Tomas Laporta
12.“Repeat (feat. Jessie Reyez)” by Allan Rayman, Jessie Reyez, Spencer Muscio & Mikhaïl Nesterov
13.“Miss You” by James Hersey
14.“Better Now” by CLOVES, Justin Parker & Kaity Dunstan
15.“Without Me” by Halsey from the album Without Me
16.“Close Your Eyes” by The All-American Rejects
17.“Oblivion” by Bastille, Dan Smith
18.“Tears (feat. Alexandria)” by Mr Jukes, Jack Steadman
19.“All In My Mind” by isaac gracie
20.“Driver” by Billy Raffoul, Simon Wilcox & Nolan Lambroza
Part 3: The most convenient way to download these BGM
There are lots of songs that you could employ as your background music but you may find that getting them for free can be challenging. However, music streaming services are available all over the internet, and you have lots of options to choose from which include Apple Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio and much more. Music streaming services will also allow you to save the music files for offline playback, but you simply cannot use them directly in another application, such as the application that you will use for editing your vlogs. This is because the music files have DRM copyright protection. However, there are still legal ways you could use to grab those music files, and dedicated recording software can do the job. At Leawo, we have Music Recorder for that job. What you want for your vlog is background music that has 100% original quality, also, with a built-in recording task scheduler, the audio recording software helps you schedule music recording by setting the recording start time, recording duration as well as the timing shutdown. This professional software also has an ability to predict the correct music tags when you are recording, which is almost magical considering other software might not be able to do it, although you could edit the music tags manually via the music tag editor. We will now show you the few easy steps for downloading background music for vlogs.
Step 1: Run Leawo Music Recorder. Set the audio source by clicking the “Add Source” button from the bottom left corner. Proceed to choose “Record Computer Audio” in the Audio Settings panel since you will grab the music from music streaming service apps on your computer or web browser. Click “Record Audio Input” for other sources.
Step 2: Customize the audio output settings. Set the output directory where the recorded audio file(s) will be saved under the “General” tab. On the “Format” tab, you can choose the preferred output format which includes MP3 and WAV audio formats. WAV audio files will generally preserve higher quality.
Step 3: Start recording your vlog music. When you have finished adjusting your preferred settings, the final step is to record the music for vlogs. Click the “Record” icon which is red, and any music that is playing should start recording immediately. When you have finished recording, click the “Record” icon to stop.