If you’re wondering what the best music documentaries on Netflix are then you’re in the right place. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the best music documentaries and music films on Netflix at the moment.
13 of the best music films on Netflix right now
Video streaming sites have recently seen a surge in popularity recently, so we thought it made sense to compile a list of some of the best music films on Netflix right now. So if you love all things music and Netflix, this list is well and truly a must-read. We're also aware that the streaming site is ever-changing with what's available and what's not - so we'll do our best to keep this list as fresh as can be!
We had to start this list of the best music films on Netflix right now with something extremely strong. Supersonic traces the story of the infamous Gallagher brothers, who went from an estate in Manchester to conquering the biggest stages in the world. This is an especially brilliant watch simply because of how it captures the well-documented turbulence within the band, plus the soundtrack features all their iconic anthems which ultimately came to define a generation.
We feel this is a great chance to highlight one of the most famous instruments associated with the band, the Gibson Hummingbird. Noel Gallagher actually purchased one of these guitars from PMT Birmingham in 2003 and there's no denying it's been a pivotal part of the acoustic Oasis sound. This is a professional level guitar for the most serious of players. Although there are more budget-friendly Epiphone versions available which are perfect for beginners or as back-up guitars.
2. ZZ Top - Straight Outta Texas
Next up is a story of rock and roll thrills. ZZ Top aren't always taken as seriously as they should be - but the fact of the matter is that Billy Gibbons' guitar work has inspired countless players across the globe, including that of Josh Homme. The band essentially brought the character and culture of the Texas music scene to the world - not only that, the iconic, big-bearded Hombres have been doing it for years! Whether you're a fan of the band or not - this should definitely go onto your list.
This is a great chance for us to highlight one of Billy Gibbons most frequently used guitars - the legendary and unmistakable Gibson Les Paul. This is a premium guitar for professional players and its strengths mainly lie within rock and blues territory, boasting huge amounts of power and an extremely comfortable feel. There are Les Paul options to suit just about everyone, whether you're a beginner, intermediate or expert headlining festivals.
3. The Dirt
Much like Motley Crue - Netflix Original The Dirt is a wild ride which documents the story of the ultimate glam rock band. Here at PMT, we thought the film was so great that we assembled a whole Motley Crue Gear Guide off the back of it - which is well worth a read if you're a fan of the band. This film made our list of The Best music films on Netflix right now simply because of how fun and engaging it is, take it with a pinch of salt and you can't go far wrong here.
As the band had quite a lengthy career spanning many different eras - Motley Crue naturally have an extensive list of gear. We've highlighted the Gibson Flying V B-2, Satin Ebony for this blog though as it seems to embody the spirit and persona of the band, who were all about theatre, chaos and sense of occasion. If you're a metalhead and you want to pick up a guitar that has heaps of character then this could be a great option for you!
4. Rush - Beyond The Lighted Stage
This documentary follows the journey of one of the most influential bands of all time - Rush. With the sad recent passing of Neil Peart - this is a great way to immerse yourself in the world of the cult band. It features interviews with the likes of Billy Corgan, Kirk Hammett, Gene Simmons as well as with the band themselves. Featuring extensive archive footage of the Canadian rockers, the documentary throws you deep into the 40-year history of Rush from their very start in the late 60s.
When it comes to highlighting an instrument the band used - we simply had to go for the iconic Jazz Bass. The model was favoured by Geddy Lee to the extent that Fender teamed up with him for his own signature model. The iconic Jazz Bass is actually available to suit a variety of budgets, whether you're just starting out in the world of bass or are an experienced player. Below we've highlighted the Fender Player Jazz Bass PF 3-Color Sunburst.
5. What Happened Miss Simone?
This one puts the magnifying glass on the career of the one and only Nina Simone. A classically trained pianist and iconic recording artist, Simone lived an incredibly fascinating life. Throughout her career, Simone captured the spirit of a huge variety of musical genres, including jazz, blues, classical, R&B and gospel. Whether it was her work as a civil rights activist or on the stage, this documentary is her compelling and melancholic story.
If you want to channel your inner Simone and take up the piano then we have loads of great options for beginners. We've even compiled a handy blog on the Top 5 Beginner Keyboards & Pianos. We'd recommend taking a look at the iconic Roland FP-30, this is a great keyboard for all levels. This is our best-selling piano here at PMT - that's perhaps because it fits a variety of environments and purposes, whether that's home practice for beginners or stage performance for professionals.
6. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story
Rolling Thunder Revue is more of a snapshot in time rather than an all-encompassing career documentary. We love it because it captures the spirit of America during 1975 and also provides a candid snapshot of one of the world's greatest artists. It's pretty much what you'd expect from legendary director Martin Scorsese, who has his say on the masterful songwriter of Bob Dylan, ultimately era-defining stuff.
We've highlighted a model that Bob Dylan famously played - the legendary Gibson SJ-200. These are guitars for players who demand quality when it comes to sound, tone and style. Although there are more budget-friendly options available for those who are just starting out in the world of guitar such as the Epiphone EJ-200CE Electro Acoustic, Vintage Sunburst - a high-quality option that has all the iconic traits of the Epiphone brand.
7. Devil At The Crossroads
Devil At The Crossroads tells the fascinating story of infamous Delta blues legend Robert Johnson. With so much myth and mystery surrounding the pioneer and his career - this documentary cleverly drops in artwork and animation to get the story across. Robert Johnson is so revered in the genre that we included him in our blog of Famous Blues Guitarists And What They Played. Well worth a read if you're looking to explore the genre further.
But what guitar did Robert Johnson play and what gave him that iconic blues sound? That would be the early Gibson Acoustic model the L1. Gibson remains a celebrated name in the world of blues guitar today - whether that's electric models like the SG or Les Paul - or acoustic models. If you're looking to kickstart your blues sound on the acoustic guitar then we would suggest the Gibson G-45 Studio Antique Natural Electro Acoustic Guitar - a versatile, affordable option that's great for many genres. You can also take a look at our blog on the Top 7 Best Blues Guitars Of All Time.
8. Keith Richards - Under The Influence
Keith Richards is the epitome of cool and this is an extremely intimate portrait of the rock and roll legend. In 'Under The Influence' he retraces his musical path, from growing up listening to the likes of Johnny Cash and Muddy Waters, through to playing the world's biggest stages as the lead guitarist in The Rolling Stones. It also shows a man unwilling to ease off the gas in his old age, with a thirst for creating music still well and truly thriving.
Keith Richards has played a multitude of guitars throughout his prolific career. Perhaps the most synonymous guitar he uses would be the Gibson ES-355 - perfect for capturing the blues indebted sounds of The Rolling Stones. Luckily this iconic guitar is available for all levels of players, whether that's the budget-friendly Epiphone models or the professional Gibson options.
9. Springsteen On Broadway
Next up we simply had to include Springsteen On Broadway in this list of best music films on Netflix right now. The footage comes from Springsteen's recent broadway residency where he told stories and played songs spanning his career. This is a great background watch - so even if you've got stuff to be getting on with around the house, it's a great live performance to put on in the background while you relax or get on with some work.
When Bruce Springsteen is mentioned you can't help but think of his iconic Butterscotch Fender Telecaster. Here at PMT we have plenty of Telecasters in to suit a variety of budgets and playing levels. Whether you're a beginner, expert or even The Boss himself! Shop our full range of Telecasters or take a closer look at the Fender Vintera 50s Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde below.
10. Miles Ahead
One for any jazz fans reading this list of the best music films on Netflix right now. This is the story of the great Miles Davis with some big-hitting names such as Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor in the cast. This is the story of the jazz pioneer who had a rock and roll personality and spirit. We love it because it hones in on the underdog moment of Davis' career when he lives in isolation before rediscovering his love of music.
While Miles Davis mainly played the trumpet we have a range of instruments that can lend themself to the jazz genre. We'd recommend picking up a keyboard or piano to get started in the genre as many of Davis' compositions hinged upon the keys. Take a look at the Yamaha P-121 Portable Digital Piano - a great professional entry point for home practice as well as the stage and studio.
11. Daft Punk Unchained
Masters of electronic music Daft Punk are famed for their privacy, obviously opting to keep their identity behind the masks in their formative years as a group. This film speaks to famous artists and collaborators about their impact and influence on the musical world. Any insight into the French duo is fascinating enough, but this film is truly compelling and will make you want to play their music for days after viewing. Perfect Netflix music material!
If you're looking to kickstart your path on the way to electronica stardom then we've got a host of options at PMT. Be sure to read our blog on the 9 best synthesizers that don't suck to point you in the right direction. The Korg Monologue Analogue Synthesizer is a great affordable starting point if you're looking to start crafting your own tracks. This budget-friendly 25-key monophonic analogue synth is versatile and will sound great in the studio and onstage.
"We are Motorhead and we play rock and roll." This is an intimate insight into the life of one of rock music's great legends, Lemmy Kilmister. The watch is equally heartwarming as it is hilarious and it simply had to make it onto our list of the greatest Music Films on Netflix right now. The documentary speaks to some of the people that knew Lemmy best, as well as the great man himself. Simply a must-watch for any fans of Motorhead.
Lemmy was famed for his custom Rickenbacker bass. Here at PMT, we have a great stock of these exquisite Rickenbacker bass guitars which are instantly recognisable due to their iconic and sleek design. We'd highly recommend browsing our range of Rickenbacker bass guitars especially if you're serious about your sound. A great example would be the Rickenbacker 4003 4-String Bass Guitar Walnut - a bass that commands paramount tone and endless style.
13. The Other One - Bob Weir
Last but not least for our best music films on Netflix list is 'The Other One'. We know there are an awful lot of Grateful Dead fans among our PMT customers and to be honest, they're hard to dislike. This is the story of Bob Weir and we love it as it captures the golden era of The Grateful Dead, bringing to mind imagery of sunny San Francisco as well as being packed with their easy-going music. This story is interesting as he was the egoless second to the infamous Jerry Garcia - in one of the world's biggest bands!
Bob Weir was understandably a huge lover of Martin Guitars so we thought this was a great chance to highlight one of these. Martin are guitars for serious players who demand the best when it comes to construction, tone, sound and style. Models such as the Martin Dreadnought Junior DJR-10E Electro-Acoustic Natural are surprisingly accessible when it comes to price. Elsewhere we'd recommend checking out the Martin D16E Rosewood Electro Acoustic - which includes a case for your touring needs.
Summary of the best music documentaries on Netflix right now
So here's a quick breakdown of some of the best music films available to you on Netflix at the moment.
- ZZ Top - Straight Outta Texas
- The Dirt
- Rush - Beyond The Lighted Stage
- What Happened Miss Simone?
- Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story
- Devil At The Crossroads
- Keith Richards - Under The Influence
- Springsteen On Broadway
- Miles Ahead
- Daft Punk Unchained
- The Other One - Bob Weir