From amazing food shows to weird sci-fi films, Netflix has it all. Similarly, plenty of docuseries’ and documentaries are also available to stream. In fact, there are so many music documentaries out there that it’s hard to pick which ones to watch first.
Here are descriptions of some music documentaries that came out on Netflix this year:
Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You (2020)
Netflix released this concert film on the 21st of December and shows viewers exclusive footage from Ariana’s tour last year. The Sweetener World Tour in 2019 started in March and ended in late December. The tour initially had 100 shows but several places received second shows because of popular demand. It featured songs from Ariana Grande’s studio albums, Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019).
Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You featured the entire setlist from a show in London with a few behind-the-scenes snippets in between. The documentary shows small moments like driving to the set, regaling stories on the plane, and having fun during hair and makeup. Despite the short behind-the-scenes footage, the concert film was anything but personal. Ariana Grande added a few nuances here and there throughout the documentary just for fans. For example, for each new person introduced on-screen, there would be short personal and entertaining descriptions from the star herself.
BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (2020)
BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky was released in October a few weeks after the debut of the group’s first full album, The Album (2020). It was directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Caroline Suh, and was produced by Cara Mones. Not to mention, it’s also the first K-pop original content to debut on Netflix and was well-received for its intimateness and overall directing. The documentary did so well that it became the most-watched content on Netflix across Asia.
The documentary tells the tale of how the group came to be and their journey to becoming the most recognizable girl group worldwide. BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky introduces all the members through the descriptions of Teddy Park, the group’s producer. While it showed several scenes from their many concerts, interviews made up most of the documentary. Each member had her fair share of screen time to share her thoughts on the group’s debut, success, and future. There was also a lot of rare footage from each member’s personal life. This helped achieve Caroline Suh’s goal of humanizing the group to show viewers they aren’t just icons, they’re people too.
Miss Americana (2020)
Finally, Miss Americana is a documentary that talks about more than just music. The film features American singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift. Netflix released it at the very beginning of the year in January, and it’s probably one of the rawest music documentaries on Netflix. The film had a huge compilation of videos taken throughout the star’s life, including the creation of her albums, Reputation (2017) and Lover (2019).
Additionally, Miss Americana captures viewers with its vulnerability. The documentary discusses many relevant topics like political views, LGBTQ+, toxic internet culture, and more. Despite the rawness of the documentary, it’s actually more empowering than most realize. It centers on the star’s personal growth, not as a performer, but as a human. The most compelling evidence of this is the fact that Taylor Swift chose to show not only her exhilarating moments on stage but also her hardships behind-the-scenes.