Scrounging the depths of Netflix’s library to find the perfect movie or show to watch can be a dubious task. This is especially true if you’re in the mood for a documentary as the seemingly endless supply of options makes it daunting to pin down one to watch.
Music fans aren’t exempt from this scenario as the streaming service has plenty of titles to choose from. Whether you’re a fan of Hip Hop, Rock, Country, Electronic Music, Reggae, or Jazz, there’s something for everyone.
That being said, there’s certain documentaries that are worth your time regardless of if you’re a fan or not.
Here are the seven best music documentaries you can stream right now on Netflix.
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation
The story of Woodstock’s musical impact has already been told in various forms throughout the years. This PBS documentary takes a different approach looking at the time leading up to the festival and the various hurdles organizers had to go through just to get the gates opened. Additionally, the film takes a fascinating look at American culture at the time and provides perspective for how it led to that fateful weekend in August, 1969.
Echo In The Canyon
How is one Los Angeles neighborhood responsible for some of the most impactful and influential music of all time? That’s the topic Echo In The Canyon covers as it focuses on the Laurel Canyon neighborhood, which was a hotbed of musical output in the mid-60’s. Featuring Tom Petty, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Stephen Stills, and more, the film takes viewers on a journey on how the California Sound was created and how it ended up attracting so many noteworthy musicians.
Beyoncé’s 2018 headlining performance at Coachella is one of the greatest performances of all time and is certainly one of the best the festival has ever seen. What goes into creating a generational performance? That’s the topic of Homecoming as it provides an in-depth look at everything that went into Beyoncé’s set. From conception, development, production, and execution, it’s a remarkable story that will have you viewing her performance in a whole new light.
Amy Winehouse’s life was cut short in 2011 when she passed away at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning. Winehouse’s rise to fame and everything that comes with it is captured in this film. From her roots in London up until her death in 2011, Winehouse is prominently featured in the film discussing her influences, fame, music, family, addiction, and more.
Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America
The Rolling Stones made history in 2016 becoming the first major international rock band to play Cuba in front of a crowd of 500,000 plus. The film isn’t a traditional concert documentary as it incorporates intimate footage of the band throughout their Latin American tour. On top of the band’s journey, it also chronicles hardcore Stones fans and their devotion to the group.
Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour
The live concert film captures Swift’s October 6, 2018 show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as the Pop star was in the midst of a tour supporting her album Reputation. The film provides excellent interplay between the relationship Taylor Swift shares with her fans and the impact her music has on them. This is especially present during scenes from the concert as the camera pans between Swift on stage and emotional shots of the crowd.
Gaga: Five Foot Two
Lady Gaga had an incredibly eventful period of her life between 2016-2017 as she released her fifth studio album Joanne and performed at the Super Bowl LI halftime show. This documentary gives viewers an incredible behind-the-scenes look at Lady Gaga during this time.