Netflix can be overwhelming at times. If you're struggling to find something to watch, why not try one of these music documentaries on Irish Netflix tonight.

'Foo Fighters: Back and Forth'

What better music documentary to start with than with one that's won a Grammy Award? 'Back and Forth' focuses on Dave Grohl and his bandmates as they talk about their history; from their inception right up to their seventh studio album release 'Wasting Light.' The film has received a lot of praise, and even had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2011. If you're a Foos fan, this one is for you.

'How The Beatles Changed The World'

One Direction who? The original, and the better, boy band have got themselves one hell of a documentary. 'How The Beatles Changed The World' documents the highs and lows of being in a boy band in the 1960's through never before seen footage and interviews. The impact that the band made on the world is dissected in the documentary, and looks at how they influenced a lot of what we see and hear today.


'Gaga: Five Foot Two'

A documentary that follows one of the biggest female artists on the planet might not sound that ground-breaking but 'Five Foot Two' is a very revealing of the life of a pop star. It makes you realise that without all of the millions of dollars, and appearances at red carpet events; they're just like the rest of us, and have to head to the supermarket every now and again. If you haven't already, 'Five Foot Two' is a very worthy watch - whether you're a Lady Gaga fan or not.


'Biggie & Tupac'

Who doesn't love a conspiracy theory? British documentarian Nick Broomfield has added Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur to his vast collection of subjects. The infamous rappers died six months apart between 1996 and 1997, and Broomfield dives deep into the still unsolved murders of two of the biggest stars in rap. Some pretty shocking details of their deaths are revealed. There's no trailer for the documentary, so here's the pair doing what they did best.


'What We Started'

Dance music: where did it all start? And what does it mean to be a DJ in today's ever changing world? The truth is, a 17-year old who doesn't know how to spin a disc is competing with some of the greatest dance DJs of our generation. 'What We Started' explores the evolution of dance, and what it takes to be a DJ, with input from top artists such as Usher, Moby, and Afrojack.


'Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage'

Let's be honest, Rush wouldn't be in our top 10 favourite bands. Hell, maybe not even in our top 20. This documentary however truly blows the Rush door wide-open - so much so that your opinion on the band might start to change. They're not just the guys who Paul Rudd and Jason Segel loved in 'I Love You, Man;' they are also totally awesome. 'Beyond The Lighted Stage' deserves your Netflix love.



Although it's not the deepest-delving of documentaries, 'Quincy' is an impressive documentary none-the-less. Quincy Jones, the prolific record producer/writer/composer, certainly poured his heart and soul into his work, and befriended such icons as Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, and everyone in between along the way. The documentary is written and directed by his daughter Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks.


'What Happened, Miss Simone?'

'What Happened, Miss Simone' follows the music career of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. The doc is filled with memorable, and rarely seen, archival footage of Simone, speaking in interviews, and performing some of her greatest works. If that wasn't enough to win you over, the movie even won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special in 2016.

'Sound City'

No, your eyes haven't deceived you - Dave Grohl has made it onto our list twice but this time for a very different reason - he's directed a movie. Originally released on BBC Four, 'Sound City' uncovers stories about the Los Angeles studio of the same name. And as it turn outs, a hell of a lot of records were made there by big artists, including Fleetwood Mac who recorded a track there for a little-known album, 'Rumours.' An absolute must-see for rock fans.


'Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown'

From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, 'Mr. Dynamite' follows the man who arguable changed American music into what it is today. The movie chronicles the life of one of the "hardest working" men in show business ever seen. Although the trailer might not give too much away, it's one of the best music documentaries on Irish Netflix.