This fantastic database allows you to listen to tens of thousands of audio recordings (and hundreds of thousands of searchable tracks) in all areas of music.
Click on the link above to access all recordings, or select one of the specific libraries of recordings listed below:
- Classical Music
Recordings representing all eras and catefories of classical music. More than 6000 albums, with about 90,000 searchable tracks.
- American Song
Hear and feel the music from America's past. Includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Also included are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. A special feature is a group of more than 30,000 tracks of African American songs.
- Contemporary World Music
This collection delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. Contains important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres. More than 30,000 searchable tracks.
- Smithsonian Global Sound
Listen to the music of cultural and ethnic groups from around the world. More than 40,000 searchable tracks.