The Best Documentaries About Music Films

The Best Documentaries About Music

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A number of documentaries examine the famous lives of musician or discuss the music industry, genres, or the effects music can have on the brain. The best documentaries about music include Oscar nominees, short films, and those music movies you can find on Netflix, Hulu, or even online.  Music affects the deepest parts of our soul; it can inspire us, relax us, lift us up, fill us with adrenaline, make us angry, or unleash our inner rock gods. The best kind of music speaks the language we’ve always wanted to speak but just didn’t know how! What are the best documentaries about bands? 

This list discusses the top documentary films discussing music, including: Carter, Imagine, Searching for Sugar Man, A Band Called Death, Until the Light Takes Us, Lemmy, Last Days Here, American Hardcore, and The Road to God Knows Where. Vote for your favorites and add any that are missing.
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    Searching for Sugar Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Dennis Coffey, Malik Bendjelloul, Clarence Avant

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    Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Billy Corgan, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart

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    We Jam Econo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Henry Rollins, Flea, Thurston Moore

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    Dave Grohl, Slash, Billy Bob Thornton

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    Dig! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    The Decline of Western Civiliz... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Bret Michaels

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    Anvil! The Story of Anvil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    The Last Waltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    George Harrison: Living in the... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    The Kids Are Alright is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey

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    No Direction Home is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    The Decline of Western Civiliz... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, John Doe

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    History of the Eagles Eagles

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    The Clash: Westway to the Worl... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Joe Strummer, Siouxsie Sioux, Shane MacGowan

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    The Devil & Daniel Johnsto... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    The Devil & Daniel Johnston

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    Joe Strummer: The Future Is Un... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    End of the Century: The Story ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Debbie Harry, Rob Zombie, Joey Ramone

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    The Filth and the Fury is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Steve Jones, Malcolm McLaren, Glen Matlock

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    Until the Light Takes Us is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Per "Dead" Ohlin, Varg Vikernes, Hellhammer

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    Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    Runnin' Down a Dream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Kevin Costner, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr

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    Last Days Here is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    It Might Get Loud is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Michael McKean

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    I Am Trying to Break Your Hear... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Fred Armisen, Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt

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    The Beatles Anthology is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

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    Rattle and Hum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Hype! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    American Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    2011 punk rock

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    You're Gonna Miss Me is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Billy Gibbons, Roky Erickson

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    Foo Fighters: Back and Forth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry

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    Standing in the Shadows of Mot... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Meshell Ndegeocello, Bootsy Collins, Martha Reeves

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    Les Paul: Chasing Sound Les Paul, Mary Paul, Miller

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    Mr. Blue Sky: the Story of Jef... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Mr. Blue Sky: the Story of Jeff Lynne Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison

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    The Decline of Western Civiliz... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    The Damned: Don't You Wish We Were Dead about The Damned by Wes Orshoski

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    Joe Strummer - the Future Is Unwritten

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    The Carter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Joy Division

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    Crossfire Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Crossfire Hurricane

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    Imagine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Imagine

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    The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Smokey Robinson, Bianca Lawson, D. B. Woodside

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    We Who Wait TV Smith (ex-The Adverts)

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    Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain

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    Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Trav... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    Radiohead: Meeting People Is E... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy

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    The Road to God Knows Where is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    The Road to God Knows Where

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