Top 5 Music Documentaries on Netflix

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Netflix’s documentary catalog is among the strongest in the streaming field and one of the growing sub-genres within that is the musical documentaries. They set out to showcase an artists background and inspirations while also giving a look into their personal life that’s often restricted to the public. There’s plenty to pick from but we’ve picked the most popular ones along with the highest rated among the entire musical documentary library.

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5. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)


Love him or hate him there’s no denying the world has come out a little different since the introduction of the biebs. He’s always divided opinion but he’s acheived a lot in his short career and this documentary looks to highlight that and also show a side of Justin that the fans in particular will enjoy. While at times it does seem like a commercial for Justin rather than a full-fledged documentary, there’s enough meat on here to make it worth the time of any pop fan.

4. Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015)


The Rolling Stones are rock gods. They’ve been going since forever and many of the band members are still alive. Given however that they’ve always been rather exclusive about their personal lives, with the exception of the lead singer. This documentary focuses on Keith Richards, the infamous guitar player for the stones. The documentary was produced for Netflix exclusively and released in mid-2015. It takes his back to his early days to show us what inspired his particular musical talent.

3. History of the Eagles (2013)


If you’re looking for a much longer documentary then this is your pick. Clocking in at 3 hours and 7 minutes, the documentary takes a look at the career of the American soft-rock band, Eagles. The band had most of their success during the 70’s and 80’s when rock reigned supreme. It takes a look at the Eagles as a whole while drilling down to each individual member to give you an insight as to how they became as big as they were.

2. Keep on Keepin’ On (2014)

Keep on Keepin’ On

A winner of over 14 awards and plenty more nominations, this documentary sets out to follow the jazz legend, Clark Terry. The documentary took over 4 years to make and follows Clark on his mission to train a blind piano player before entering a prestigious competition. It’s a gripping tale and your eyes will be glued to the screen as your realize that Justin Kauflin, the piano player, is in fact blind and that only makes his work more impressive.

1. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)


Nominated for an Oscar in 2016 and by far one of the most insightful documentaries into such a iconic figure is What Happened, Miss Simone? The documentary produced exclusively for Netflix in 2015 documents the late, Nina Simone. Not only was she the best in her field when it came to classical music with the piano, she was also a standout activist that was labeled the High Priestess of Soul. The beautifully produced documentary is well paced and is by far the best musical documentary on Netflix.

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