What is a Discord Music Bot?
Imagine having your own radio station in your server: that’s how exactly a Discord music bot works. The bot plays a song for everyone to enjoy. The member will just have to join the voice channel where it’s set, and they can listen to music regardless of what channel they are in. They can even check out other servers, play games, or browse the net while enjoying the music. To stop listening to a Discord music bot, you only have to exit the voice channel or disconnect.
While admins or server owners generally have the power to choose and add music to the queue, some bots allow members to vote if they want to continue listening to the song or skip. Discord music bots are great especially if your server is music-oriented. However, even if your server is in a different niche, it’s still a great idea to have a channel specifically created to play music.
For example, if you have an anime-oriented server, you can set up a channel where you play songs and soundtracks from anime. If you have a server created for a specific game, you can create a channel where you can play the game’s OSTs. Or, if you want, you can even play any song on the server, no matter what your niche is.
A Discord music bot usually plays music from streaming services like Spotify and Soundcloud, or video sharing platforms like YouTube. So, no matter what kind of music you are looking for to play on your server, there’s a good chance it’s available.
Best Discord Music Bots
There are thousands of Discord music bots available on the internet. On top.gg alone, there are more than five thousand bots that are tagged with “music”. While you can choose any music bot you can find on sites like that, there are some that are just better than the rest.
Some of the bots below still support YouTube, while others support top music streaming services such as Spotify, Bandcamp, Tidal, and Soundcloud. Recently, however, in the wake of successive shutdowns of multiple Discord music bots (see the FAQ below), some bots have stopped supporting YouTube. The bots still play music via popular streaming services, like those ones I mentioned.
Here’s our list of the best Discord bots that let you play and enjoy high-quality music.
Fredboat is a simple yet powerful music bot that you can invite to your Discord servers. It doesn’t require any complicated set-ups, and the commands are easy to remember. To play a song, you can type in this command:
;;play never gonna give you up
Aside from the song title (or in the case of our example, the subject), you can also put a URL after the <;;play> command. Adding another song with <;;play> command before it will add it to the queue.
Fredboat has tons of other useful features, too, including the option to skip songs, shuffle and reshuffle the queue, as well as forward a song or rewind it. Another interesting feature Fredboat has is that it supports Twitch, so you can definitely listen to a live stream while chatting on the server.
Its core features are all free to use, which instantly makes it one of the best music bots there is. They have a Patreon account where you can make a donation to the developers, and of course, have access to the premium version of the bot.
ProBot is one of the top Discord bots, and for a good reason. It can pretty much do anything, including welcoming new members, banning trolls, leveling system, reaction roles, and of course, playing music. It’s also easy to use, plus it has a dashboard which puts everything you need in one place. And as for music, it has its own tab on the ProBot dashboard where you can see the list of commands you can use.
To play a song, simply type the command <#play> and then add either the URL or title of the song. You can also do a song search. This can help you pick the right song to play, especially if there’s another song of the same title. ProBot Prime (server) and Premium (bot) are also available which gives you access to other features, such as having the ability to adjust your music volume.
Probably the most unique one on the list, 24/7 has one feature that other music bots don’t have: the ability to stream radio stations from all around the globe. With this bot, you can practically listen to any radio station of any country, whether it’s in the US, Russia, Australia, China, India, Thailand, or Yemen. It’s pretty cool to discover and listen to radio stations from different countries. Whether you like a radio that purely plays music or has news or talk shows, you might want to try this bot.
Of course, 24/7 also supports listening to music on demand. It usually streams music from supported sources, such as Spotify and Tidal. 24/7 is free. However, features like a queue, the ability to import and create playlists are only available to Premium users.
Hydra is one of the most loved music bots on Discord for many reasons: it’s fun, easy to use, and has tons of options. And it’s not surprising. After all, Hydra is primarily a music bot, which means the developer intended it to become the best at what it does. Everything you need for a music bot to have, Hydra has it from creating playlists, organizing the song list even if the queue is already playing, and a lot more. And those features are already available in the free version of Hydra. In the premium version, you can do a lot more. Premium gives the bot more “abilities”, such as 24/7 playing, bass-boost, and autoplay.
It also has a web dashboard where you can customize Hydra. If your server is in another language, you don’t have to worry. Hydra supports more than ten languages, including Chinese, French, and Russian.
Another Discord favorite, Chip is a music bot that lets you easily play and add music to a queue. The commands are pretty easy to remember. To start with, you have to type <ch!play> plus the name of the song you want to play. For example:
ch!play never gonna give you up by rick astley
One thing I really liked about this bot is how easy it is to pause/resume, stop, and show the queue. You won’t have to type a command and simply click the buttons below the current song playing.
Like other Discord music bots, Chip has a premium feature that gives you additional perks, such as nightcore mode, the ability to change song volume, and allows you to bypass vote locks.
If you love streaming your music on Spotify, you might like aiode, a Discord music bot formerly known as Botify. You can search any songs on Spotify and have them played on your server. You can even sign in to Spotify, which is fantastic if you have your own Spotify playlists you would like to play. Besides Spotify, you can also play any URL from Soundcloud and Twitch.
The best thing about aiode is it’s absolutely free. You can even create cross-platform playlists regardless of the source. Plus, you can create custom commands, a feature that is usually only available in the premium version of other Discord music bots.
Do you love listening to Lofi music? Or does your server need a channel where members can just chill while listening to music?
If you’re familiar with Lofi music, you’ve probably heard about ChillBot. It’s a very simple, easy-to-use bot that when enabled will play Lofi music on your server 24/7. It will continue playing until you command it to stop. Just type <c!play> and the radio starts immediately. What I also noticed while using this Discord bot is that it never lags.
ChillBot is mostly free, although it also has a premium option if you want additional features such as multiple radio stations or themes.
What to Look for In a Discord Music Bot?
Besides the ones listed here, of course, there is still a lot of other great Discord music bots out there. However, the seven Discord bots I included here have the following qualities, which I think is what you should look for when choosing a bot:
Ease of use
Some Discord users are fine using more complicated bots, while on the other hand, there are those who would prefer to use bots that have simple commands. What I mean to say here is, go with a bot that makes your life easier. If you prefer a bot that allows you to adjust volume and add filters, then choose one that lets you do all this stuff. However, if you and your server members just want a simple bot that can play songs on a queue, there’s no harm choosing that one either.
Ease of access
Choose a bot that lets you use its core features without having to go through a paywall. Some bots are pretty great, but if you have to pay for basic features that you would normally find for free in other Discord bots, you would probably prefer to go with the latter. After all, who doesn’t want a free Discord music bot? This doesn’t mean to say that you shouldn’t go for paid music bots or those that have premium options. By all means, do, especially if the features you’re paying are cool or unique to that bot.
What features do you want in a music bot? Do you want a simple one where you can just play music and add songs to a queue? Or do you prefer bots that make you feel like the DJ of your server? By all means, go with the one that has the options you wanted. Compare several music bots, and find the best one you like.
I’m by no means saying that ultra-popular music bots are the best ones. For sure, there are up-and-coming bots that are excellent in quality but haven’t gained much traction yet. However, bots that have a great number of votes and are in a lot of servers mean that they are trusted by many users. They have outstanding features which makes them well-liked.
When shopping for a Discord music bot, take time to read the reviews below them. If you have a friend who owns a server, you can also ask them which Discord music bots they like. Chances are if there’s a lot of people who trust that particular Discord bot, it’s reliable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it Easy to Set a Music Bot on Discord?
Yes. All you have to do is invite the bot to your server. You can find bots on sites like top.gg, discord.bots.gg, or do a quick search on Google. Meanwhile, on your server, set up a voice channel where the bot can play music. Make sure you’re connected to a voice channel before typing a command. For more info about how to invite a bot to your server, read our step-by-step guide here.
What Happened to Groovy Bot?
Groovy Bot and Rythm were two of the most popular and best Discord music bots. However, sometime during August and September, these bots were shut down due to a cease and desist order from Google. As you all know, YouTube is owned by Google. Groovy Bot and Rythm reportedly violated YouTube’s terms of service.
Octave bot, formerly known as Gnar, and another top Discord bot for music, has been down since September 2021. The developers took down Octave to avoid being served a cease and desist order. YouTube is also one of Octave’s music sources, and the developers decided the best course is to shut it down.
What Music Bot is the Most Popular for Discord?
Some of the most popular music bots for Discord are Hydra, Fredboat, and Chip.