Nov 8, 2017 Entertainment

Calling All Audiophiles—These Are the Best Music Documentaries, Hands Down

by Megan Beauchamp

Original Graphic by Viviana Duron

You don't need to be an audiophile to appreciate a great music documentary (although, an interest in the subject matter makes it all the more enjoyable, of course). With all the streaming services out there producing excellent content—Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO, for example—it can be difficult to narrow down a list of films to the truly watchlist-worthy.

So we're calling it—these are the best music documentaries of all time. From Lady Gaga and Kurt Cobain to Tupac and Metallica, these films are as much about the music as they are about the people who create it. Whether you're a fan of country, pop, rock, or even heavy metal, we're willing to bet you're going to want to watch every documentary on this list, no matter what your preferred genre is.

Ahead are 12 must-watch films every music lover needs to see at least once.