There’s nothing Netflix loves more than a good music documentary covering the stories of the great, good and stalwarts of music.
From essential rock band movies to country music documentaries on Netflix, we’ve hand-picked 14 best music documentaries to rock out to!
Biggie: I got a Story to Tell
There are so many documentaries around the iconic Notorious B.I.G, but this hits a bit different since it’s told by the people who knew him best, including Sean ‘Diddy’ Coombes, and Voletta Wallace – his loving mother.
Unearthing early and never-before-seen footage, it documents the real-life struggle of Biggie. One of the newer music documentaries to add to your watch list.
Essential viewing for any Beyonce fan, this behind-the-scenes concert film is centred around her performance at the iconic Coachella Music Festival in 2019.
It reveals not only the immense talent of the singer but the hard work and emotional journey she embarks on.
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
With Metallica, Kiss and The Smashing Pumpkins providing commentary, you already know that this rock band movie on Netflix is a belter!
Despite being one of the most influential rock bands of the sixties, Rush was grossly overlooked by critics for all the contribution they made… until now. Get ready to turn the dial up to 11.
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
Believe the hype… or perhaps don’t. FYRE is essential viewing for anyone with even a fleeting interest in music, entrepreneurship and the cultural obsession with celebrity.
This all comes together in one of the best-marketed music festivals in the world, which never quite happened. Get the popcorn ready, and don’t forget the Evian (if you know, you know!).
Travis Scott – Look Mom I can Fly
Travis Scott has a story to tell. Begging you to look further than just being Mr Kendal Jenner, this music documentary charters his journey to fame, concluding in his third studio album Astroworld. Bring the fireworks on.
The antics of the Mötley Crüe were as famous as their music. Whether you were a fan or not, it doesn’t really matter in this highly-watchable rock band movie on Netflix.
With a glittering cast, look out for Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx and Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee, at a time when sex, drugs and rock n roll ruled Los Angeles.
Let Netflix entertain you with a music documentary about the rise of Robbie Williams as Robbie looks back on his younger self and reflects on a lifetime spent in the spotlight.
Gaga: Five Foot Two
Lady Gaga’s monsters will love this insightful snoop into the megastar’s life. Refreshingly revealing, it tells the tale of the person behind the façade – from meeting fans to making music and living with fibromyalgia.
It was also filmed during the creative process of her album Joanne. Expect tears.
Miss Americana, Taylor Swift
It seems there’s always a drama in the life of Taylor Swift, and this documentary captures the transitional period between her 2018 Reputation Tour and commencing her new album ‘Lover’.
Throw in baby photos, selfies, personal pieces-to-camera and interviews along with home footage, and Miss Americana makes for a rather fascinating watch.
A rare and heart-breaking journey through the life and tragic death of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.
This documentary features interviews with Amy’s loved ones and archival footage offering an intimate look behind the scenes at the troubled star’s life- tissues at the ready.
WHAM!: Everything Happens for a Reason is a documentary about the iconic 80s pop duo WHAM!, featuring rare archival footage and interviews with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. The film charts the duo’s rise to fame, from their humble beginnings in Bushey, England, to their global success with hits like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper.”
Rolling Thunder Revue
When one of the most famous movie directors in the world tells the story of one of the most famous music artists in the world, you know it’s going to be special.
This hybrid documentary-come-rock band movie on Netflix is one-of-a-kind as Martin Scorsese tells the story of Bob Dylan. Set to a backdrop of mid-seventies madness, it’s time to relive this bygone era, Scorsese style.
The Defiant Ones
Utterly binge-worthy, The Deviant Ones is the unlikely story, friendship and meeting of two great minds. Those minds of course being, legendary hip-hop producer Dr Dre, and music aficionado Jimmy Iovine.
As their worlds entwine, this four-part documentary shows just why Jimmy and Dre deserve their place in the Music Hall of Fame. Compulsive viewing at its best, with a world-class soundtrack to inspire.
David Foster – Off The Record
Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand – all the greats have worked with David Foster.
In this documentary, we learn more about the 16-time Grammy winner, from his uncompromising approach to production to his colourful personal life and new marriage to starlet Katharine McPhee. This revealing documentary is everything you’d hope for, and a little bit more, a bit like the man himself.
Stream now on Netflix