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Best Music Add-ons for Kodi: How to Listen to Music the Easy Way

As well as being useful for organising your movie library and streaming TV shows or other content, the Kodi media centre software can also be used for playing music. If you’ve been looking for an alternative music player to stream music over the internet, then read on as we discuss the best Kodi add-ons for music.

Before we proceed

Before we get to the add-ons, first we need to consider the importance of security when using Kodi. Although the Kodi software itself it totally legal to use, some add-ons are created by third-party developers and therefore exist in a legal grey zone. Using these add-ons over an unsecured internet connection is risky as they may allow you to illegally access copyrighted content, for which you could face prosecution or a fine. To avoid any legal problems when using Kodi, we strongly suggest that you get a VPN before installing add-ons.

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Best Music Add-ons

MP3 Streams

Possibly the most popular music add-on for Kodi is MP3 Streams. It has an easy to use interface, a large catalogue of available music, and the option to favourite artists so you can find them later. Unfortunately, a few songs in the catalogue are only samples of 30 seconds rather than full songs. If this is the case with your favourite tunes, you might want to try another music add-on like one of the ones below. But aside from this small problem, this is a solid add-on that deserves its high status.

Here’s how to install MP3 Streams:

  1. Begin on your Kodi homepage
  2. Click on the settings icon, then go to File Manager
  3. Click on Add source
  4. Click on the box where it says <None>
  5. Enter in this URL: http://kdil.co/repo/ Make sure to type it exactly as written, including the http://, or it won’t work
  6. Give the source a name. We’ll call it kdil
  7. Click OK
  8. Go back to your home screen
  9. Click on Add-ons
  10. Click on the icon that looks like an open box
  11. Click on Install from zip file
  12. Click on kdil, then on kodil.zip
  13. Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the source has been installed

  1. Click on Install from repository
  2. Click on .Kodil Repository
  3. Click on Music Add-ons, then scroll down to MP3 Streams and click on it
  4. A screen will open describing the add-on. Select Install from the menu at the bottom
  5. Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the add-on has been installed

To use this add-on:

  1. Begin on your Kodi homepage
  2. Go to Add-ons
  3. Go to Music add-ons
  4. Click on the MP3 Streams icon
  5. Now you will see categories like Top Albums, New Albums, and Billboard Charts. There are also categories for searching through artists, albums, and songs, for your favourite albums, artists, and songs.
  6. The Search Artists category is the quickest way to find what you want. Enter an artist’s name into the search box and after a second a folder with their name will appear. Click on the folder and you’ll find separate folders for each of their albums inside. Select an album and you can choose to either browse the songs individually or to play the full album.
  7. When you select your song or album, wait for a second for it to load. This might take a moment but once the stream starts it will be quick and reliable.
  8. You can keep browsing while the music is playing

ThunderStruck

ThunderStruck is perfect for fans of classic rock or country music from the 80s, though it has other genres too. ThunderStruck is not the best add-on if there is a specific artist who you are looking for (especially if they are new or niche) as it doesn’t have the biggest selection of artists. Sometimes, you will find there are some tracks missing from albums.

However, the reason that we rate ThunderStruck so highly anyway is due to its music recommendations. The add-on is clearly maintained by someone with a huge love for music, and they have curated an exceptional selection. If you’re not quite sure what you want to listen to or if you’re looking for recommendations for new artists to check out, then ThunderStruck is perfect.

Here’s how to install ThunderStruck:

  1. Begin on your Kodi homepage
  2. Click on the settings icon, then go to File Manager
  3. Click on Add source
  4. Click on the box where it says <None>
  5. Enter in this URL: http://andybuilds79.com/repo/ Make sure to type it exactly as written, including the http://, or it won’t work
  6. Give the source a name. We’ll call it andy
  7. Click OK
  8. Go back to your home screen
  9. Click on Add-ons
  10. Click on the icon that looks like an open box
  11. Click on Install from zip file
  12. Click on andy, then on repository.stealth.zip
  13. Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the source has been installed
  14. Click on Install from repository
  15. Click on STEALTH repo

  1. Click on Music Add-ons, then click on ThunderStruck
  2. A screen will open describing the add-on. Select Install from the menu at the bottom

  1. Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the add-on has been installed

To use this add-on:Begin on your Kodi homepage

  1. Go to Add-ons
  2. Go to Music add-ons
  3. Click on the ThunderStruck icon
  4. Now you will see categories like Favourites, Search, Music, Radio, Concerts, Music Videos, and Karaoke

  1. Unfortunately, the search function does not work well in this add-on. It’s best to go to the Music section and to search through there
  2. Within the Music section you’ll find categories like Back to the 80s or ThunderStruck picks which offer personally selected compilations. These categories are some of the best curated music content you’ll find on Kodi, so browse and enjoy!
  3. Once you click on a song, it will start streaming straight away. The streams are fast and reliable

Youtube Music

YouTube is a website you probably already use for listening to music and watching music videos. Now this simple add-on lets you watch these videos through Kodi. A big advantage of this add-on is that because it pulls data from YouTube, the videos are always extremely high quality and the streams fast and reliable.

This add-on is best for new tunes and pop music rather than older classics. If you want to know which hits are the biggest songs on the pop scene right now, then this is the add-on for you.

Here’s how to install Youtube Music:

  1. First think you need to install the Kodil repository (you have it above, we installed it for the MP3 Streams add-on)
  2. Click on Install from repository
  3. Click on .Kodil Repository
  4. Click on Music Add-ons, then scroll down to Youtube Music and click on it
  5. A screen will open describing the add-on. Select Install from the menu at the bottom
  6. Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the add-on has been installed

To use this add-on:

  1. Begin on your Kodi homepage
  2. Go to Add-ons
  3. Go to Music add-ons
  4. Click on the Youtube Music icon
  5. Now you will see categories like Billboard, Hype Machine, iTunes Charts, and Spotify Playlists

  1. There’s no search function, but you can browse through the categories. The Billboard section is a good place to find the newest music videos, and once you click on that you’ll see options for the Hot 100, Trending 140, Genres, and more. Find a song you want to watch and click the title
  2. When you first select a song, you’ll find a setup wizard. Click through to confirm. You only need to do this once
  3. Once you click on a song, the music video will start streaming

Jukebox Hero

JukeBox Hero is an add-on which is useful for playing full playlists, for example if you are having friends to visit and you want to set a general playlist to play in the background. It will play music videos for the top selling and most popular songs. Once again, this is better for pop music and other popular genres than it is for classics or niche music.

How to install Jukebox Hero:

  1. Begin on your Kodi homepage
  2. Click on the settings icon, then go to File Manager
  3. Click on Add source
  4. Click on the box where it says <None>
  5. Enter in this URL: http://dandymedia.club/repo/ Make sure to type it exactly as written, including the http://, or it won’t work
  6. Give the source a name. We’ll call it dandy
  7. Click OK
  8. Go back to your home screen
  9. Click on Add-ons
  10. Click on the icon that looks like an open box
  11. Choose the dandy directory
  12. Find the file called repository.dandymedia.zip and click on it
  13. Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the source has been installed

  1. Click on Install from repository
  2. Click on Dandymedia Repository
  3. Click on Music Add-ons, then scroll down to Jukebox Hero and click on it

  1. A screen will open describing the add-on. Select Install from the menu at the bottom
  2. Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the add-on has been installed

To use this add-on:

  1. Begin on your Kodi homepage
  2. Go to Add-ons
  3. Go to Music add-ons
  4. Click on the JukeboxHero icon
  5. Now you will see categories like Popular Vevo playlists, UK Charts, US Charts, Billboard Popular Artists, Complications, and more

  1. For example, click on UK Charts Playlists and you’ll see a number of playlists for currently popular songs in the UK. These will be good for young people who like pop music and want to know what is currently in the charts. The Popular Vevo playlists section is also worth checking out for playlists which have been curated by users. There is also a search function at the bottom of the categories
  2. Select any playlist and after a moment it will begin to play the songs one after another. You can flip backwards and forwards through tracks if there is a song you don’t like

BeatZ By Stream Army

Another popular add-on for music is BeatZ. This has a large catalogue and is good for searching out specific artists. This will only play songs, not music videos, but that means that the streams are very fast to load.

How to install BeatZ By Stream Army:

  1. Begin on your Kodi homepage
  2. Click on the settings icon, then go to File Manager
  3. Click on Add source
  4. Click on the box where it says <None>
  5. Enter in this URL: http://streamarmy.co.uk/repo/ Make sure to type it exactly as written, including the http://, or it won’t work
  6. Give the source a name. We’ll call it streamarmy
  7. Click OK
  8. Go back to your home screen
  9. Click on Add-ons
  10. Click on the icon that looks like an open box
  11. Choose the streamarmy directory
  12. Find the file called repository.StreamArmy-5.1.zip and click on it
  13. Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the source has been installed

  1. Click on Install from repository
  2. Click on Stream Army Repo
  3. Click on Music Add-ons, then click on BeatZ By Stream Army
  4. A screen will open describing the add-on. Select Install from the menu at the bottom
  5. Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the add-on has been installed

To use this add-on:

  1. Begin on your Kodi homepage
  2. Go to Add-ons
  3. Go to Music add-ons
  4. Click on the BeatZ By Stream Army icon
  5. Now you will see categories like UK TOP 40, Top 50 Artists & Albums, Disney Soundtracks, and more. There is also a search feature at the top in purple

  1. The search is the easiest way to find what you’re looking for. Just type your artist or song title into the search bar and results will appear. Click on the title of the song you want and it will start streaming
  2. Alternatively, the Categories section also has some good specific playlists, like playlists for old school garage and dance music

Jango

We should also give a mention to Jango. This add-on lets you select a particular artist or song, then generates a playlist of similar songs that plays endlessly. This makes it a great way to discover new music while also letting you listen to the tracks you want. The selection is particularly good for dance, EDM, and pop music.

The interface of this add-on is simple and easy to use. Although it doesn’t play music videos, just music tracks, the radio station service is so good that we recommend trying this to set a mood or find new tunes.

How to install Jango:

  1. First think you need to install the Kodil repository (you have it above, we installed it for the MP3 Streams add-on)
  2. Click on Install from repository
  3. Click on .Kodil Repository
  4. Click on Music Add-ons, then scroll down to Jango and click on it
  5. A screen will open describing the add-on. Select Install from the menu at the bottom
  6. Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the add-on has been installed

To use this add-on:

  1. Begin on your Kodi homepage
  2. Go to Add-ons
  3. Go to Music add-ons
  4. Click on the Jango icon
  5. Now you will see three categories: Browse Music, Search Artists, and Search Songs

  1. To search, select search by artist or song then type your query into the box. You’ll see a list of results
  2. When you click a result, a ‘radio station’ of music related to that song or artist will begin. From here you can skip or repeat songs, as well as seeing similar stations. When a new song starts, you’ll see the details of the artist and track name in the top right corner of the screen
  3. You can also use the Browse Music section to find playlists by genre. The advantage of this section is that it has very specific genres – for example, within the Dance/EDM section are specific categories for Upbeat Party James, Electro & House, Club & Dance, and lots more. You can find a very specific type of genre here

Conclusion

With these add-ons you can enjoy music streaming with Kodi. Do you love to find new artists with these add-ons? Or is there another music add-on that we missed? Then let us know in the comments below!

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