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2024's Top 5 Music Films to See this Summer


Summer is upon us, and with it comes the promise of sun-soaked days, warm nights, and, of course, blockbuster movies. While Hollywood churns out its usual mix of action-packed adventures and heartwarming comedies, there's another genre that's been making waves on the silver screen: music films. From biopics to concert documentaries, these movies offer audiences a chance to immerse themselves in the lives and music of some of their favorite artists. With that in mind, here are five music films you won't want to miss this summer.

To that end, we've put together a list of recent top five music films. We chose some of them because of their music scores, which should inspire those seeking to become music composers as you learn more about the careers and avenues available to you as an adult. We chose others because the music or musicians were central to the movie's theme.

1. "The Soundtrack of Summer: The Journey of an Icon"

Kicking off our list is "The Soundtrack of Summer: The Journey of an Icon," a documentary that chronicles the life and career of one of music's most beloved icons. From humble beginnings to superstardom, this film takes viewers on a journey through the highs and lows of the artist's life, featuring rare archival footage, interviews with friends and collaborators, and, of course, plenty of their greatest hits.

2. "Rhythm and Rebellion: The Rise of a Genre"

Next up, we have "Rhythm and Rebellion: The Rise of a Genre," a film that explores the birth and evolution of a groundbreaking musical movement. From its roots in marginalized communities to its mainstream success, this documentary examines the cultural impact of the genre and its influence on music, fashion, and society as a whole.

3. "Legends Live On: A Concert Celebration"

For those who prefer their music films with a live audience vibe, "Legends Live On: A Concert Celebration" is sure to deliver. This electrifying concert film captures some of the biggest names in music as they take the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. With performances spanning multiple genres and generations, this is one concert film you won't want to miss.

4. "Behind the Beat: Inside the Studio"

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in the recording studio? "Behind the Beat: Inside the Studio" gives viewers an all-access pass to the creative process, featuring intimate interviews with producers, engineers, and artists as they work together to bring their music to life. From the first note to the final mix, this film offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of music production.

5. A Biography/Documentary Free-for-All

We mentioned the Billie Holiday film above, but these past few years have been a bit of a documentary- and biography-style movie free-for-all. It feels like just about anyone famous in the contemporary music world is filming themselves — or having films made about them — these days. 

All of the films listed below offer interesting, compelling, and educational insights into the music industry and what it takes to rise to the top, and the struggles that arise when you want to stay there. Examples include:

Are you ready to sit back and relax while watching a music-themed movie or two? You can also visit our older post, 10 Best Music Films to Watch This Summer, for a list of oldies but goodies.