Legendary Music Captured on Film: The Best Music Documentaries Ranked

Documentaries have become very popular in recent years, and music documentaries are no exception. Whether you are interested in classic bands such as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, or if you are interested in unknown musicians and seeing their hidden talents, there’s a music documentary out there for you.


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While some films focus on the history of music or take a deep dive into the lives of your favorite artists, other directors are more interested in capturing the raw talent and music abilities of iconic performers. Here are what we believe are the top 50 best music documentaries out there.

50: It Might Get Loud (2008)

For the documentary It Might Get Loud, director Davis Guggenheim gathered three guitarists from completely different generations and backgrounds. His simple yet profound idea was to talk to them about their influences, techniques, and philosophies.


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The three musicians were Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2’s The Edge, and the White Stripes’ Jack White. The three men told the truth about some of their bad habits and styles. However, they spent their entire careers trying to create the perfect conditions to be the best they can be, and it shows.