While Discord is already one of the best places to chat online, Discord music bots make it even more enjoyable. Sure, you could just stick with a basic server, but why not add your favorite tunes? You can easily play music from a variety of sources like Spotify, YouTube, and Soundcloud. Here we show you nine Discord music bots you can add to your server to spice things up a bit.
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- Before Using Discord Music Bots
- 1. Hydra – Best for Song Requests
- 2. ProBot - Best Multi-Purpose Music Bot
- 3. Jockie Music - Best For Simultaneous Uses
- 4. Fredboat - Best Simple Music Bot
- 5. Chip Bot - Best Music Player Controls
- 6. 24/7 - Best for Internet Radio
- 7. ChillBot - Best for Lofi
- 8. Zandercraft Bot - Best for Entertainment
- 9. Aqua Music - Best Free Features
- Frequently Asked Questions
Before Using Discord Music Bots
In 2021, Google forced both Groovy and Rythm, the two most popular music bots at the time, to shut down after violating YouTube’s terms. Since pulling in music from various services may violate terms, be prepared for music bots to randomly lose access to certain sources or be shut down completely.
This is especially true with any bots that access YouTube. Google doesn’t like losing YouTube views to bots. It’s best to focus on music bots that support more than YouTube, just so that you’re not left in silence should Google ask the service to drop YouTube.
Note: only a few options on this list still have support from YouTube.
1. Hydra – Best for Song Requests
Price: Free / $2 monthly (for user) /$4 monthly (for server)
Hydra may easily be one of the best Discord music bots for accepting song requests. If you’ve ever dealt with your main channel being bombarded with song requests, you know how annoying this can be. Instead, Hydra creates a separate song request channel to keep things cleaner. It’s surprisingly user-friendly, even with numerous customizations. What’s really nice is how well commands are organized by role to help users better learn to control it.
- Lots of customizations
- Includes Reaction Roles for interactive messages
- Available in over 20 languages
- Supports a wide range of music platforms
- Easy to access command list based on role (everyone, DJ, admin, and premium-only)
- 24/7 playback requires premium account
- Free version limits the number of playlists
- No auto-play in free version
- No YouTube support
2. ProBot – Best Multi-Purpose Music Bot
Price: Free / starts at $2.50 per month
Why install numerous bots when one will handle everything? With ProBot, you get multiple useful bots all rolled into one. This is what makes this bot stand out. If you’ve ever tried managing and configuring multiple bots, you know how frustrating it can be. Since this is an all-in-one, you know everyone’s going to play nice with each other. It can be a little harder to set up at first, but most users will be fully happy with the free version.
- Creates welcome messages
- Autoresponder function
- Protects against raids
- Can configure a new leveling system
- Reaction roles
- Supports Vimeo, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud
- 24/7 music
- More difficult configuration
- May be more than some users need
- Music volume control is limited to premium version
Good to know: Let others know if you’re available for a game or busy doing something else by changing your status on Discord.
3. Jockie Music – Best For Simultaneous Uses
Price: Free / starts at $2 monthly
Sure, you could add multiple Discord music bots to ensure users don’t have to wait to play music. Or, you could use Jockie Music. It’s four music bots (or more) in one. If one is in use, the remaining ones step up to deliver music to other users. If your server has a lot of users trying to play music at once, this could be the perfect solution. Commands are easy to find and remember and most of what you need is in the free version.
- Includes 4-10 bots at once (5+ only available in premium plans)
- Supports Soundcloud, Spotify, Vimeo, Bandcamp, Tidal, Deezer, and more
- Plays over 20,000 radio stations from around the world
- Includes a Guess the Song game (30 second clips for users to guess the song)
- Audio filters and statistics are only available in premium versions
- Some audio controls are premium-only plans
- Busier servers will likely need a premium plan for the extra bots
4. Fredboat – Best Simple Music Bot
Don’t want to deal with a lot of settings and commands you don’t need? Then you should get Fredboat. When it comes to simplicity, this music bot is perfect. This really is the best part of the bot. It doesn’t complicate things with many features you’ll probably never use. The controls are straightforward and can be accessed anytime by typing “;;commands” to see the full list.
- Support for Deezer, Vimeo, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Twitch
- Enjoy an included game room, which features music games and other games
- New features added regularly
- Offers fun commands, such as posting random otter images or an angry table flip
- Everything’s free
- No advanced settings
- No premium version to get extras
5. Chip Bot – Best Music Player Controls
Price: Free / $12.50 per month
Having to always use text-based commands to control your music isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds. With Chip Bot, you get high-quality music along with buttons to press to pause, play, stop, and view the current playlist. For many users, this is preferable to the typical interface most music bots use. Surprisingly, many controls that are usually reserved for premium users are available in the free version. Odds are, you won’t feel the need to upgrade in most cases.
- Includes basic and advanced controls, such as bass, treble, and tremolo
- You can invite up to four Chip Bots to your server for simultaneous listening
- Button controls in addition to text commands
- Support for Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Twitch, Vimeo, and Mixer
- Hundreds of live radio stations available
- No support for Spotify
- 24/7 mode, audio filters, and extra settings are only available in Premium
- Server Premium is higher priced than comparable bots
6. 24/7 – Best for Internet Radio
Price: Free / $2.50 per month
24/7 is one of the easiest to use Discord music bots for listening to Internet radio. It’ll support numerous stations from around the world, along with streaming music services. The free version is fairly limited. You can search for things and play them. That’s about it. Plus, you get 24/7 music, which is usually a Premium-only feature. Overall, it’s straightforward, making it perfect for any server.
- Offers access to Internet radio stations
- Support for Spotify, Tidal, and Soundcloud
- Simple search and play controls
- Most features are Premium only, including playlists, audio controls, queues, and simultaneous listening
- Premium only includes two bots
- Mainly for Internet radio
Tip: Not sure whether you should opt for Spotify or Apple Music? Check out our in-depth comparison of the two services.
7. ChillBot – Best for Lofi
Price: Free / starts at $3 per month
If you have a more mellow Discord server, then add some lofi tunes. ChillBot gives you 24/7 lofi radio. All you have to do is jump into a voice channel and type /play. Since this bot doesn’t search for different songs/artists, you just get great lofi playing immediately. It’s not for every server, but it works well for background tunes that don’t distract from whatever the user is doing. Any kind of study, focus, or even gaming server might love this music bot.
- Devoted to lofi only
- Simple controls
- Only a single radio station included in free version
- Must upgrade for extra stations, genres, and audio controls
- No support for anything other than lofi, including streaming services
Note: If ChillBot isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, give Lofi Radio a try. It works similarly but doesn’t have a premium tier.
8. Zandercraft Bot – Best for Entertainment
Music is just one of many forms of entertainment. With Zandercraft Bot, you get to enjoy music, GIFs, comics, random memes, random facts, and even fancy insults. In terms of music, Zandercraft still pulls some music from YouTube, though this could disappear at any time. The bot’s other source is Soundcloud. Overall, it’s okay for music, but best for other entertainment features.
- Plays music, shares memes, facts, and much more
- Everything’s free
- Volume control is included
- Features some moderation features
- Only one solid music source (Soundcloud)
- YouTube support will likely be removed at some point
9. Aqua Music – Best Free Features
Price: Free / starts at $3 per month
Aqua Music is also one of the rare music bots still sourcing from YouTube, though it uses YouTube Music instead of YouTube. What’s most impressive is almost everything is completely free on one condition – you vote for them. It’s not that big of an ask, but of course, only vote if you like the bot. Overall, it’s easy to use and does far more than you’d expect without having to pay a single cent.
- Support for YouTube Music, Spotify, and Soundcloud
- Easy-to-use audio controls, including advanced controls
- Includes 24/7 music, autoplay, playlists, and more
- Focused solely on music
- Some filters are only available in Premium plans
- Cooldown period is required on commands in the free version
Tip: Heard a song somewhere and want to know what it is? Here are a series of methods to help you identify a tune.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I add music bots to Discord?
For most Discord music bots, you simply invite the bot to your server. You can do this directly from the bot’s website. You can also use this handy guide to step you through the process.
Can I install music bots without my own Discord server?
Should I upgrade the music bot to Premium plan?
All the music bots above work fine without upgrading to a Premium plan. However, you can get extra controls and features by upgrading. Usually, you’d only need premium on larger and more active servers, such as adding additional bots for simultaneous playing.
Are music bots safe?
They’re just as safe as any other popular Discord bots. Ideally, stick with reputable bots with good reviews. If your bot starts sending you messages with random links, remove it immediately as it’s a phishing scam.
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