You don’t get Eminem in Skyfall so it only seems right to have a separate category for the best music films of the year. Let us know if you agree with our top five and if we’ve missed anything out.
- Searching For Sugar Man
Two South Africans go on a quest to find cult US musician Sixto Rodriguez, whose lyrics of struggle and injustice had a huge impact in their apartheid-stained country in the ’70s. Cue a gloriously happy ending. The film is out on DVD and Blu-ray on 27 December. Best bit: The feverish reception for Rodriguez when he visits South Africa.
Shut Up And Play The Hits
A farewell to one of the greatest bands of recent years, LCD Soundsystem, as they wind down with a huge farewell show at Madison Square Garden. James Murphy cries. Best bit: Win Butler blurting out the film’s title during Murphy’s rambling intro to ‘North American Scum’.
The reggae legend’s life story, told by Oscar-winning documentary maker Kevin MacDonald. Marley’s no saint, but the contradictions in his character exposed in the film make him feel more human. Best bit: The live footage, which showcases how good the Wailers were.
Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap
Ice-T gets help from Eminem, Chuck D and Kanye West to tell the story of a genre that changed the world. Best bit: Ice-T on Eminem: “Whoever thought that one of the great rappers of our time would be a white cat?”
Hit So Hard
Subtitled ‘The Life And Near-Death Story Of Patty Schemel’, the harrowing story of the Hole drummer’s descent into drugs is compelling enough in itself, but the movie is also a visual document of the key players in the ’90s grunge scene. Best bit: The (actually charming) home footage of Kurt Cobain with his daughter Frances Bean.