7 best music documentaries you can watch on Netflix right now
Staff writer - January 19, 2018

7 best music documentaries you can watch on Netflix right now

Time to up your Netflix game...
Lady Gaga Netflix documentary Five Foot Two

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 service?

So you don’t waste your time flicking through all of them, here’s our pick of the best music documentaries on Netflix right now...

1. 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.

Netflix also has the updated documentary released in 2014, in which the band look back at what they call a “dark time” for the heavy metal band.

2. 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’.

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3. 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.

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4. 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 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.

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5. Keith Richards: Under the Influence

Ever wondered how The Rolling Stones have remained such prolific musicians over the years? Thise doc 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

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