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Top 10 must-watch music documentaries of all time 

Rahima Khan, in Community news
Oct 11, 2023 | 5 min read

Are you ready to take a melodious journey through some of the most captivating music documentaries ever made? From legends and pioneers to rising stars, these films offer a backstage pass to the lives, struggles, and triumphs of the artists who shape our soundtracks. 

Let’s dive into our carefully selected list of the top 10 must-watch music documentaries of all time. 🎶🎙

1. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Searching for sugar man music documentary

Source: IMDb

This mesmerizing music documentary follows the enigmatic search for Sixto Rodriguez, a forgotten folk artist who achieved accidental fame in South Africa. A true tale of music’s power to inspire across continents.

2. Amy (2015) 

Amy music documentary cover

Source: IMDb

Step into the tumultuous life of the legendary Amy Winehouse. This music documentary provides an intimate and heartbreaking look at the gifted artist, her rise to fame, and the struggles that ultimately led to her tragic downfall.

3. The Last Waltz (1978) 

The Last Waltz music documentary cover

Source: The criterion collection

Directed by Martin Scorsese, this music documentary immortalizes the band’s final concert in a star-studded farewell performance that features music icons like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Joni Mitchell.

4. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013) 

20 Feet from Stardom music documentary cover

Source: IMDb

Uncover the untold stories of the backup singers who added depth and soul to some of the greatest hits in music history. This music documentary sheds light on the unsung heroes of the industry.

5. Woodstock (1970) 

Woodstock music documentary cover

Source: IMDb

Relive the iconic 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, a pivotal moment in music history. This music documentary shows their electrifying performances and candid behind-the-scenes moments that define a generation.

6. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) 

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck music documentary cover

Source: IMDb

Delve into the mind of the enigmatic Kurt Cobain, the frontman of Nirvana. This music documentary offers an intimate portrait of his creative genius, struggles with fame, and his ultimate tragic end.

7. Gimme Shelter (1970) 

 r music documentary cover

Source: The criterion collection

Journey with The Rolling Stones as they prepare for their infamous 1969 Altamont Free Concert. This music documentary captures the raw energy of the band and the turbulent times of the era.

8. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) 

What Happened, Miss Simone

Source: IMDb

This documentary paints a vivid picture of Nina Simone, an artist whose music and activism challenged social norms, leaving an unforgettable mark on both the music industry and the civil rights movement.

9. Don’t Look Back (1967) 

Don't look back

Source: Filmaffinity

Join the legendary Bob Dylan during his groundbreaking 1965 tour of England. This music documentary offers an intimate look at his life and artistic evolution during a pivotal period in music history.

10. Whitney (2018) 


Source: The Movie Database

Explore the dramatic rise and tragic fall of Whitney Houston, one of the greatest voices in the history of music. This music documentary delves into her immense talent, personal struggles, and impact on pop culture.

Wrapping up

These music documentaries are more than just films. They are gateways into the lives, emotions, and legacies of the artists who have shaped the soundtracks of our lives.

If you enjoyed these amazing music documentaries, then we are sure you would also be interested in our curated list of the top 10 must-watch music films of all time.

Happy watching!

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