Best Music Documentaries

Music documentaries often give us better insights into the worlds of musicians. Whether it’s telling us about how they create their art or the incredible journeys they’ve been on. Nowadays, it seems like every pop artist needs to have a documentary, and just like music, some do it better than others (sorry Shawn Mendes and Ariana Grande). Here’s a list of great music documentaries in the past few years.

Beyoncé: Homecoming (2019)

We can’t possibly talk about music documentaries without mentioning one of the best to ever do it. Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance is one of the greatest concerts of all time, and the documentary showed us the effort Beyoncé put in to create not just a concert, but an artistic statement. From the music to the editing, lighting, spectacle, and the celebration of culture, Beyoncé showed everyone what legends are made of with her vision and work ethic.  

Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020)

Many people would probably assume that a Taylor Swift documentary would just be about her life story and how she became successful. However, the film offered a surprisingly intimate look into Swift’s life. From her insanely creative process to her most vulnerable moments where she talks about issues such as eating disorders, self esteem, and her experience with sexual assault. The documentary took its time to show how much Swift has grown since she was a teenager in the public’s eye and she handled every scrutiny to eventually become comfortable with the power of her voice and influence to use it for the better.

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (2021)

Billie Eilish’s documentary could be one of the most honest portraits of a teenager reaching global success. Eilish did not hold back in the film, she showed the audience how scary, uncomfortable, and damaging it is for a young girl in the music industry.​​ The documentary showed the audience that Eilish is still a regular teenager finding out who she is while dealing with the media, body images, heartbreak, and mental health issues.

Amy Winehouse: Amy (2015)

Amy Winehouse is perhaps one of the most successful acts in music even after she has passed away. The documentary, Amy, covers the singer’s life and her struggle with substance abuse before and after she rose to fame with care and honesty. The rise and fall of Winehouse is powerfully portrayed in the film and it is often heartbreaking to watch someone as talented as her passing away too soon. The documentary has won numerous awards, including a Grammy, an Oscar, and a BAFTA. 

Nina Simone: What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Nina Simone has the kind of voice where you would recognize it the second you heard it, more importantly, she is one of the most prominent civil rights activists. Her documentary combines previously unreleased archival footage and interviews with Simone’s daughter and friend. It also offers a compelling look into her fascinating life as an activist and carries on her legacy as an artist. 

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