There's something incredibly satisfying about seeing how some of our favorite music is created. And now, even more, are focusing on the women who have contributed to the music industry but whose stories have often gone untold — or, at least, not on their own terms.
Here are some of the Music Documentaries About Women on Netflix, ranging from Madonna to Taylor Swift to Beyoncé.
Documentaries About Women in Music on Netflix
According to Clash Music, a music documentary is:
The fundamental things that create a good music documentary are interesting characters, the social and cultural climate in which the story is set, what the music did beyond selling lots of records and the impact it had on its listeners.
Out of the 10 categories and sub-categories of music documentaries on Netflix, it was a struggle to find 10 about women.
Check out these 10 powerful documentaries about strong and successful women in the music industry.
This intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé's celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from a creative concept to a cultural movement. | Watch on Netflix
Follow pop provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a new album, preps for her Super Bowl halftime show, and confronts physical and emotional struggles. | Watch on Netflix
3. Miss Americana
In this revealing documentary, Taylor Swift embraces her role as a songwriter and performer — and as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.| Watch on Netflix
Hip-hop music first developed in the United States in the 1970s and has steadily grown in popularity in the decades since then. This docuseries traces the genre’s dynamic evolution from the beginning through the 1990s. It starts with a look at artists including MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Lil Kim| Watch on Netflix
She grew up in a tough New York neighborhood in the '80s and made history with “Roxanne's Revenge.” The story of teen battle rap champ Roxanne Shanté. … In this kinetic biopic, New York teenager Roxanne Shante battles her way to hip-hop greatness in the 1980s. | Watch on Netflix
Belgian pop star Angèle reflects on her life and hopes as she finds balance amid the fears, joys, and loneliness of fame.| Watch on Netflix
Iconic songstress Barbra Streisand culminates her 13-city tour in Miami with dazzling ballads, Broadway standards, and stories from behind the scenes. | Watch on Netflix
9. Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You
Ariana Grande takes the stage in London for her Sweetener World Tour and shares a behind-the-scenes look at her life in rehearsal and on the road.| Watch on Netflix
In a star-studded evening of music and memories, a community of iconic performers honors Dolly Parton as the MusiCares Person of the Year. | Watch on Netflix
Rockumentaries About Women on Netflix
A rockumentary is a documentary about rock music or its musicians. The word rockumentary is a combination (a portmanteau word) of the words “rock” and “documentary.”
Taylor Swift takes the stage in Dallas for the “Reputation” Stadium Tour and celebrates a monumental night of music, memories, and visual magic. She's a 10-time Grammy winner, and now Swift's reputation Stadium Tour is the highest-grossing U.S. tour in history. | Watch on Netflix
Anitta: Made In Honório
In this intimate documentary, Brazilian pop queen Anitta opens up about fame, family and her fierce work ethic, revealing the woman behind the hits. | Watch on Netflix