Kevin Macleod

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Kevin Macleod


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American composer originally from Wisconsin. He is famous for the hundreds of pieces of royalty-free music available at his web site His distribution of his music via Creative Commons licensing has led to his work being used in numerous films. As such he has over 1,500 credits in the Internet Movie Database.

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Kevin MacLeod ( mə-KLOWD; born 1972) is an American composer and music producer. Described as "arguably the most prolific composer you’ve never heard of", MacLeod has composed over 2,000 pieces of royalty-free library music and made them available under a Creative Commons copyright license. One of his compositions, "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys", is among the most-played on TikTok; from January through June 2021, it was played over 31.6 billion times. The wide availability and freeness of his work, has seen it featured in thousands of films, video games and millions of videos on YouTube. These include Martin Scorsese's 2011 film Hugo and the video game Kerbal Space Program. As of 2017, his music is featured on one of the live feeds from the International Space Station, Earth From Space. A documentary charting his career, Royalty Free: The Music of Kevin MacLeod, was released in 2020.