Cover image via Jacob Lund.Header image via Golubovy.Playlist header image via Dean Drobot.Looking for more royalty-free playlists? Check these out:Fresh Tracks: Hear June’s Best New Royalty Free MusicRococo Romance: Give Your Video a Classical Cinematic SoundIn the Shadows: The Changing Nature of Horror MusicRoyalty-free Music to Power Your Sports VideosLevel-Up Your Gaming Videos with the Perfect Royalty-Free Soundtrack Hear how your video can benefit from great intro music, then take a listen to our curated list of royalty-free intro music tracks.The obvious benefits of thoughtfully selected intro music are, well, obvious. Intro music helps your work register as more professional. It catches your viewers’ attention and tells them it’s time to settle in.But the most important benefit of intro music involves storytelling: the music you lead with provides one of the very first hints about the narrative experience you’re sharing. Visionary director David Lynch explains it best:The sound, picture, and ideas have to marry. If an idea carries with it a mood, sound is critical to making that mood.Image via ImageBySutipond.What do the musings of a surrealist auteur have to do with your next two-minute video game review clip? Everything. Specifically the part about “making the mood,” which is just a Lynchian way of saying “pick the right intro music.” You’ve got to ask yourself how your intro music supports what’s about to unfold on the screen. How do you want your viewer to feel? What mood will you create in your video’s opening moments to ensure you hook your audience?When it comes time to choose your intro music, there are a couple of approaches you can take. The first is dropping an audio logo into the opening of your clip. These short, snappy tunes can act as your aural signature, and they’re concise and catchy enough to instantly lodge themselves into your viewer’s head.Image via Jacob Lund.You can explore the second approach in the curated royalty free intro music playlist below. These tracks are longer and offer more use cases, as each comes with loops and short clips. That means you can find your intro music and soundtrack within a single song.Plus, with a $49 Standard License, you can use one track in as many of your videos as you want. (Pro tip: Maintaining the same intro music across a series of videos is top-notch branding.) Just remember: conventional wisdom suggests that GoPro footage from the helmet of a motocross racer demands extreme music, and softly lit yoga footage calls for something with a little more pan flute. While YouTube is crowded with videos that trot out these genre tropes, your video doesn’t have to. Treat the act of selecting your intro music as one more chance to push yourself creatively by marrying sound, picture, and idea in an unexpected way.