When you think of your board games, what comes to mind first? For most, it’s the artwork, components, or theme. What about the music? Probably not, considering board games don’t come with a soundtrack built-in. But if integrated properly, background music for board games can work extremely well. Background music can help set the scene and suck you into the theme.
There are plenty of places you can find background music for board games. Youtube is an excellent resource for playing a wide assortment of different background music. Whether you want to purchase CDs or stream music from your Alexa, there’s something out there for you. There are dozens of web sites that offer free background music for board games, but knowing which ones offer the best selection for your board game’s theme is key.
Where to Find Background Music for Board Games
I have found the best sites that allow you to play background music for your board games. The best part is most of these sites are 100% free!
Using Youtube as Background Music for Board Games
Youtube has become a staple in the music streaming service game. If there is a song that you want to listen to it is probably on youtube. Even better, since they are a video platform they are likely to have the music video too. The same goes for background music for board games.
If you are looking for an epic background track for your D&D party, then simply type epic D&D background music into the search bar and you are bound to find something you like.
Melodice is the ultimate resource for playing background music for board games. This site is 100% FREE and is essentially a youtube playlist generator.
Melodice is super easy to use. All you have to do is type in the board game you want to find background music for and it will give you a playlist from youtube of music that matches that game’s theme.
What makes this site cool is that you are able to submit youtube videos to the board game’s playlist that you feel fit the theme. This makes the playlist for each game ever-expanding.
This site is an excellent choice if you just want to find a playlist for your game quickly and not have to put much thought behind it while still getting great ambiance.
Tabletop Audio has a huge selection of unique board game music. They cover a wide variety of genres like sci-fi, nature, fantasy, and horror just to name a few. It’s even available for Amazon Alexa and Google assistant.
Tabletop Audio doesn’t just let you listen to the music, but they actually let you download their background music for boardgames. Right now everything on this site is 100% free to use so I would jump on and get what you can in case they ever switch to a paid model.
This can be extremely helpful if you’re at a friend’s house that doesn’t have a great internet connection. You can just download your favorite tracks and listen to them offline. This also eliminates the risk of any streaming issues.
They also have a new feature called the SoundPad. This allows you to create a list of sound effects that you can use throughout your game. This feature is super handy if you want to really be engulfed in the story. This tool is currently free and you can add up to 40 sound effects to it.
Syrinscape is unique because unlike the other sites I’ve mentioned, Syrinscape is a program that you can download for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
Syrinscape offers some of the best features out of any of the sites mentioned. They offer a whole lot of customization features and content created by its community.
Unfortunately, Syrinscape is not free. It is free to download, but you will need to either buy the music or they offer a monthly subscription service.
Syrinscape is separated into different genres. They have an app for sci-fi, fantasy, and another one for everything else. You can choose which one you would like to subscribe to or pick the SuperSyrin Subscription and unlock everything.
Spotify is one of the largest music streaming platforms around. So it makes sense that they would offer background music for board games. If you are looking for sound effects then this isn’t the site for you, but if you want some great ambiance then Spotify has you covered.
What makes this an excellent option is the fact that you can play Spotify from pretty much any smart home speaker. Although you cannot request specific tracks unless you are a premium Spotify member, you can still stream your playlist to your Bluetooth speakers.
Spotify premium is only $9.99 a month and it also has a free 3-month trial so you can take a look around and see if there is any music you would like to implement in your next game session.
My favorite to find background music is Tabletop Audio. It has everything I could ever want. It offers music for every genre of board game I need and it’s 100% free. They even let me download the music for offline use. And with the new addition of their SoundPad, I can find awesome sound effects for my D&D sessions.
The other sites are still nice to have, especially if I just want to throw a playlist on in the background and not worry about it for the rest of the night.
Melodice makes it super easy for you to just type in the board game you are playing and find a playlist that matches perfectly.
Youtube and Spotify are great choices for those who already have a premium subscription to these services and want to be able to use their smart speaker to easily access music.
If Syrinscape was a one time fee of $49 then I would be all over it. But the high subscription cost for all of the different music genres makes Syrinscape a real let down for me because I really do like the customization features.
Why You Should Use Background Music for Board Games
When selecting the background music for your board game, you need to think about the theme. Are you playing a horror board game, like Betrayal at House on the Hill? Or are you playing a serine board game, like Wingspan?
You wouldn’t want to have the sound of creaking floorboards and sinister laughter playing in the background in a game like Wingspan, where you are trying to attract birds to your habitat. It doesn’t fit the theme and it will take you out of the game completely. This background music would fit better with Betrayal at House on the Hill.
It’s important to select the right background music for board games because if you don’t, then it can be a real game killer. That’s why I have taken the time to break down all of the best places to find music for your board games.
Horror-themed board games are my favorite to play with background music. Having a creepy and ominous soundtrack going on in the background while your fighting to stay alive can really get you pumped up and focus on your goal.
Say you are playing a spooky game like Dead of Winter. Having background music with nighttime noises and the occasional snarl of zombies can help get your game group into survival mode.
Let me know in the comments down bellow which board games you like to have background music for. Or are you not a fan of having any music at all in your game sessions? Either way, I hope you enjoyed this article and let me know if I missed any other cool sites. Thanks and happy gaming!