See It Loud: Documentaries on Music

Documentary titles that look at various aspects of music -- the themes and genres, the eras and evolution, the making and marketing. Note: this list does not include docs that profile one person or one band, nor titles that simply document a live concert or festival.

Related lists:
The Realness: Documentaries on Hip Hop
Prima Vista: Documentaries on Classical Music
Behind the Label: Documentaries About Record Companies
Different Drums: Documentaries on Musical Curiosities
Shoot the Piano Player: Films About Famous Musicians

  • Sound City
  • I Dream of Wires
  • Punk's Not Dead
  • Muscle Shoals
  • Jazz
  • Dope, Hookers and Pavement
  • The Beat Don't Stop
  • Drum & Bass: The Movement
  • Elder's Corner
  • O Amor Sertanejo
  • Find Your Groove
  • Laurel Canyon
  • Saigon Metalhood
  • Sisters With Transistors
  • Streetlight Harmonies
  • Tuning the Brain with Music
  • Underplayed
  • Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba
  • Country Music
  • Glam rock: Splendeur et décadence
  • How the Moon Conquered Pop
  • Inna de Yard
  • Long Live Rock... Celebrate the Chaos
  • Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story
  • The Rest Is History
  • Almost Almost Famous
  • Amazônia Groove
  • Amplify Her
  • Decks and The City
  • Echo in the Canyon
  • Guitar Days - An Unlikely Story of Brazilian Music
  • Italo Disco Legacy
  • Lima grita
  • Now Sound: Melbourne's Listening
  • Records Collecting Dust II
  • The Rise of the Synths
  • Slave to the Grind
  • What We Started
  • While You Live, Shine
  • Acoustic Uprising
  • As I Walk Through The Valley
  • Axe: Music of a People
  • Contact
  • Extraordinary Ordinary People
  • Free to Rock
  • French Waves
  • The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film
  • Parallel Planes
  • Pimento and Hot Pepper - The Mento Story
  • Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
  • Rock 'n' Roll Guns for Hire: The Story of the Sidemen
  • The Secret Science of Pop
  • Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History
  • Teenage Superstars
  • Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk
  • Underground Civilization
  • The Art of Listening
  • Blackhearts
  • Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape
  • Desert Age: A Rock and Roll Scene History
  • The Devil's Horn
  • The Easybeats to AC/DC: The Sound of Aussie Rock
  • Fonko
  • Hired Gun
  • Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke
  • The Metal Islands: Culture, History, and Politics in Caribbean Heavy Metal Music
  • Miles To Go Before I Sleep
  • Northern Disco Lights
  • The Smart Studios Story
  • A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story
  • Soundbreaking
  • Who Killed (Or Saved!) The Music Industry?
  • All Things Must Pass
  • America's Blues
  • Before We Were Kings
  • Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream
  • The Distorted Island: Heavy Metal and Community in Puerto Rico
  • 808
  • Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay
  • Lo Sound Desert
  • Music for Misfits: The Story of Indie
  • Records Collecting Dust
  • Rock in the Red Zone
  • Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales
  • Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)
  • They Will Have to Kill Us First
  • Beautiful Noise
  • Death Metal Angola
  • Deep City
  • Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll
  • The Drop: The EDM Culture Explosion
  • Finding the Funk
  • It's Gonna Blow!!!: San Diego's Music Underground 1986-1996
  • Northern Soul: Living for the Weekend
  • Revolution, Riot Grrrl Style
  • Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio
  • The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove
  • The Wandering Muse
  • We Like It Like That
  • What Difference Does It Make?