50 AWESOME MUSIC MOVIES

 

To celebrate the launch of NME.COM/movies we've put together our pick of the greatest music films ever made.

And we're not just talking about rockumentaries and biopics – this list also encompasses any movie that is defined by its soundtrack. These are films for music fans to love.

Hence you'll find Trainspotting rubbing shoulders with Control, Almost Famous celebrated alongside Meeting People Is Easy.

So please, take your seat and grab an oversize tub of popcorn as we count down the 50 best music movies ever to grace the big screen.

What have we missed? Should 8 Mile be higher than 30 Century Man? Have your say now here.

 
 
 
 

Although not strictly a music film per se, this - like all John Hughes' movies - brought indie music to the mainstream.

From the ubiquitous "chick-a-chick-aahs" to the gratuitous use of The Beat, The Flowerpot Men, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and of course The Smiths' 'Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want' in the museum scene, 'FB's Day Off' seamlessly weaves iconic music into its goofy plot.

Weirdly, John Hughes refused to release the soundtrack as a seperate entity, thinking no-one would be interested in hearing Yello and Wayne Newston on the same CD. Which just means you have to watch the thing, and hear them all in the context they were intended.

Best music monent: The mass singalong to The Beatles' 'Twist And Shout'.

Tim Chester

 
 
 
 
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