15 best music documentaries you can watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime right now
So you’ve binged all of Stranger Things and watched some pretty awful Adam Sandler comedies on Netflix, but have you checked out the impressive list of music documentaries available on the streaming services?
Stuck on ideas over what to watch? So you don’t waste your time flicking through endless titles, here’s our pick of the best music documentaries on Netflix and Amazon Prime right now...
1. *NEW* BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky
Whether you're a K-Pop super fan or just curious to understand how K-pop bands are growing in popularity worldwide, this is the documentary for you! It follows the 4-piece k-pop band from creation to widespread popularity including becoming the first-ever Korean band to perform at Coachella.
2. *NEW* Queen + Adam Lambert: The Show Must Go On
Produced by ABC in 2019, the documentary was released on Netflix in June 2020. It tells the story of how former American Idol Adam Lambert joined Queen and helped sharing their music with a new generation of fans. It features interviews with actor Rami Malek, who played Mercury in the film, American Idol and X-Factor‘s judge Simon Cowell and the band members, covering the major plot points in between the tragic death of Freddie Mercury and their current revival, with plenty of performance footage along the way.
3. *NEW* Travis Scott: Look Mom I can Fly
The documentary follows the journey of rapper Travis Scott that led to the making of his third album, Astroworld. As well as impressive footage of some Travis Scott's top live performances, the show also features real footage from the rapper's recording studio and home life.
4. What We Started (featuring Carl Cox and Martin Garrix)
Are you a raver who misses dancing to the beat until sunrise? Or are you simply curious about electronic music and want to learn more about the genre? In either case you'll love this show! It goes through the history of electronic music - a genre that is now involving different generations, exemplified by top veteran DJ Carl Cox and 18 years-old emerging star Martin Garrix: the two key personalities featured. The documentary also features interviews with other world class DJs such as Tiesto, Afrojack and David Guetta.
5. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
This critically-acclaimed film started out as a behind-the-scenes look at Metallica recording an album, but what happened was an exposé of the strained relationships within the group and their struggles with alcohol abuse.
UPDATE: In the UK the documentary was previously on Netflix and is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.
6. Gaga: Five Foot Two
Shortly after the release of Lady Gaga’s Netflix documentary, the star was forced to cancel her UK and European tour dates due to her battle with fibromyalgia.
This in-depth film depicts struggles with the disease, her family and the recording of new album ‘Joanne’.
7. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
This is the Foo Fighters like you’ve never seen them before. From frontman Dave Grohl’s early career in Nirvana (and the devastating death of friend and bandmate Kurt Cobain) to the rise of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, ‘Foo Fighters: Back and Forth’ delivers an insight into what it takes to make it in the music industry.
UPDATE: In the UK you can now stream it on Amazon Prime.
8. Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids
Director Jonathan Demme’s last film before he passed away in 2017 focuses on the last date in Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience World Tour’ at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Netflix production team used 14 operated cameras and two free-floating cameras in the audience, as well as one onstage cameraman to record the live show.
9. Keith Richards: Under the Influence
Ever wondered how The Rolling Stones have remained such prolific musicians over the years? This Netflix documentary explores the history behind the seemingly immortal guitarist Keith Richard’s dedication to his craft, delving into his family, blue roots and his relationship with the band.
10. What Happened, Miss Simone?
The turbulent story of Nina Simone as told by her daughters and friends inter-cut with live performances. ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ explores the singer’s civil rights activism as well as music career, painting a picture of a woman dealing with the pressures of fame, injustice and personal struggles. The music documentary is available to stream on Netflix.
11. Janis: Little Girl Blue
Discover the psychedelic life and times of Janis Joplin as portrayed by filmmaker Amy J. Berg. The documentary features interviews from a who’s who of the music industry, celebrating Joplin’s iconic influence and lamenting her tragic demise after a heroin overdose.
UPDATE: This documentary is now available to rent or buy on Amazon and to stream on NOW TV.
12. Beyonce: Homecoming
This Netflix concert film, released in 2019, gives an intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé's celebrated 2018 Coachella performance. Beyonce herself has written, directed and executive-produced the documentary, which alternates real footage from the festival appearances with backstage content revealing the popstar's strong work ethic that led to her becoming the first-ever black woman Coachella headliner.
13. Motley Crue: The Dirt
This 2019 Netflix biopic film came as an adaptation of Motley Crue's 2001 memoir book: an unfiltered view of the glam-metal band's infamous history of successes and excesses.
14. Taylor Swift: Miss Americana
This Netflix documentary, directed by Lana Wilson, follows the American singer-songwriter covering key events throughout her career including the making of her sixth and seventh albums and her relationship with the media.
15. Oasis: Supersonic
The documentary, available on Netflix, tells the turbulent story of brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher from forming the rock band in the early 90's leading up to the legendary performance at Knebworth.
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