10 Best Music Documentaries on Hulu

Music is a language that everyone speaks, and some never get tired of it. Whether it’s because viewers are music artist fanatics and want to know all about a band’s journey or because they just enjoy the musical process in general, music documentaries are a great source of information.

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Hulu has hosted many great music documentaries over the years, some to come and some to come. However, right now, the streaming platform has plenty of informative movies and series about musical artists that fans should definitely watch while they can.


The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears (2021)

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Viral documentary episode Framing Britney Spears shines a light on the pop star’s damaging tutelage. The New York Times series includes exclusive interviews and looks at the details of the legal battle, and the docuseries has already achieved a lot in the #FreeBritney movement.

Although the producers were unable to interview Britney herself, as she was still under conservatorship, The New York Times made it a point to tell her side of the story in an honorable manner since she had no of voice. Pop culture lovers, as well as fans of Britney Spears, will love this Hulu limited series.

McCartney 3, 2, 1 (2021)

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If rock fans are looking for more content, there is certainly no shortage of Beatles documentaries or movies. McCartney 3, 2, 1 is a six-part documentary series starring Paul McCartney and music producer Rick Rubin, reviewing The Beatles discography, as well as Paul’s solo work.

Each episode offered a plethora of facts behind the musical production, as well as insight into what the singers were going through at the time. Hulu members should check out this information-packed documentary if they like behind-the-scenes music production and the band’s glory days.

Incredible Grace (2018)

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feature film amazing Grace highlights the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s album, amazing Grace. The documentary gives us a behind-the-scenes look at The Queen of Soul recording her album in 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

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There’s no denying that the soulful R&B singer delivered captivating and electrifying performances, and music lovers will no doubt appreciate this exclusive look at the making of an iconic album. Although Aretha, sadly, passed away in 2018, it’s clear her legacy lives on to this day, and fans are grateful to have documentaries like these to hold on to.

Charli XCX: Alone Together (2021)

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Through his docufilm alone together, pop star Charli XCX documents her music output during the COVID-19 pandemic. While trapped inside, she’s exploring different avenues in her creative process, including enlisting some of her own fans to help produce her new album, “How I’m Feeling Now.”

While all musical artists have different ways of making music, Charli is an underrated pop artist who puts her fans first and involves them directly in her creative endeavors. With the film spotlighting an inspiring take on downtime during quarantine, this documentary is sure to cheer fans on.

Soul Summer (2021)

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Directed by world renowned musician Questlove, soul summer is part music, part historical film set at the Harlem Cultural Festival. The film discusses the cultural influence of the black community, including fashion and music.

While there are many great essential documentaries that touch on racial justice, soul summer is an excellent documentary film highlighting the celebration and edification of black history. If fans are looking for a positive film to indulge during Black History Month, or anytime, this documentary is a great place to start.

Amy Winehouse: One Last Farewell (2011)

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Based on the late musical icon Amy Winehouse, A last goodbye tackles Amy’s journey into the spotlight with her darkest demons. It’s no secret that Winehouse has struggled in life, however, the film proves she has so much more to remember.

Through exclusive interviews and intimate clips of the singer, her story is told through the lens of the public, as well as her loved ones. If there’s one documentary Winehouse fans should watch, it’s this one, as it also showcases his talents while offering a serious conversation about the dangers of drug addiction.

The Silent (2019)

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Highlighting the Rolling Stones bassist’s experiences, The silent details Bill Wyman’s experience in the famous rock band. With its personal archive collection of special moments on tour, fans can take a special look back at the band’s glory days better than ever.

Being one of the most controversial bands to enter the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, many fans are desperate to get a closer look at the band’s most intimate moments behind the scenes. The documentary features never-before-seen footage and footage that any Rolling Stones fan would no doubt be thrilled to see.

Billy (2019)

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With interviews from various musical influences and remastered performances, the documentary film Billie shines a light on the undeniable talent and star quality of Billie Holiday. She is one of the most famous jazz singers of all time, thanks in large part to her particularly comforting and warm voice.

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Not only does the documentary cover the legendary entertainer’s life in the spotlight, it details what life was like back then culturally and politically. Holiday fans should check out this documentary, as it offers a healthy mix of performance and story about the jazz singer herself.

Madonna and the Breakfast Club (2019)

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While Madonna is one of the most popular pop stars in the world, few people know her story. Madonna and the Breakfast Club tells the story of the pop icon’s first musical adventure with her boyfriend back when they formed a band during her struggling early years in New York City.

The documentary includes interviews with ex-boyfriend and former teammate Dan Gilroy himself and serves as a retelling and re-enactment of the difficult times in his life. Madonna fans will love this docudrama for the inside look it provides from a trusted source.

Bad Rap (2016)

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Based on the lives of four different Asian American rappers, bad rap gets to the bottom of the lack of diversity in the Hip-Hop world. Primarily a genre led by black artists, Asian rappers Awkwafina, Dumbfoundead, Rekstizzy and Lyricks tell how they were set back by their race in a genre so previously guarded.

Seeking to diversify Asian representation in the hip-hop genre, the four rappers attempt to tackle stereotypes in order to prove their underrated talent. Rap fans don’t want to miss the insightful interviews and backstory of these talented and diverse rappers.

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