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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    The Decline of Western Civiliz... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Bret Michaels

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    The Last Waltz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    We Jam Econo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Henry Rollins, Flea, Thurston Moore

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    Dig! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    History of the Eagles Eagles

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    Dave Grohl, Slash, Billy Bob Thornton

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    End of the Century: The Story ... is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Steve Jones, Malcolm McLaren, Glen Matlock

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    No Direction Home is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    The Kids Are Alright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey

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    The Devil & Daniel Johnsto... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    The Devil & Daniel Johnston

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    Runnin' Down a Dream is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Kevin Costner, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr

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    The Beatles Anthology is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

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    George Harrison: Living in the... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    Anvil! The Story of Anvil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    The Decline of Western Civiliz... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, John Doe

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    It Might Get Loud is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Michael McKean

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    Joe Strummer: The Future Is Un... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    The Clash: Westway to the Worl... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Joe Strummer, Siouxsie Sioux, Shane MacGowan

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    Until the Light Takes Us is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Per "Dead" Ohlin, Varg Vikernes, Hellhammer

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    I Am Trying to Break Your Hear... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Fred Armisen, Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt

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    Hype! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Flop Gas Huffer

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    Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    Foo Fighters: Back and Forth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    You're Gonna Miss Me is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Billy Gibbons, Roky Erickson

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    Mr. Blue Sky: the Story of Jef... is listed (or ranked) 29 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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    Standing in the Shadows of Mot... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Meshell Ndegeocello, Bootsy Collins, Martha Reeves

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    Joe Strummer - the Future Is Unwritten

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    Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain

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    Last Days Here is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    Rattle and Hum is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    2011 punk rock

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    American Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry

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

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    The Damned: Don't You Wish We Were Dead about The Damned by Wes Orshoski

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    The Decline of Western Civiliz... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    The Carter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Trav... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music
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    Radiohead: Meeting People Is E... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy

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

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    Crossfire Hurricane

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    Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Joy Division

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    Imagine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

    Imagine

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    The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    Smokey Robinson, Bianca Lawson, D. B. Woodside

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    I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Documentaries About Music

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    I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

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    We Who Wait TV Smith (ex-The Adverts)

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