Electronic dance music has a vibrant history that spans the better part of over four decades. Dance music is a genre of music that relies on technology, and as genres like techno and house matured, auxiliary technology was used to capture every moment of it.

This means that fans of this style of music are luckier than almost any other genre of music throughout history, because so much of the early days of EDM were recorded and captured on film for us to watch them.

So here’s our list of the 20 best documentaries covering electronic music in one place so you can learn everything you need to know about its roots and culture without ever having to leave your couch.

Documentaries on the history of dance music

For starters, these documentaries cover the general history and cultural phenomena associated with underground dance music. In these documentaries, you’ll learn about Carl Cox, London club culture, how synthesizers and drum machines revolutionized the world, and a ton more.

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Techno music documentaries

Here’s a deep dive into the origins of techno and house. You’ll hear from Juan Atkins, Matthew Dear and other genre pioneers as you explore the inner workings of techno capitals like Berlin and Detroit.

Trance music documentaries

These documentaries explore trance-inducing genres of trance music.

You’ll hear from the creators of the original melody and learn about the history of Goa and the effects psychedelics have had on one of dance music‘s most loyal communities.

Drum & Bass Documentaries

This documentary series delves deep into the real underground of dance music, revealing the life and culture behind genres such as jungle, drums and bass, and breakbeat rhythms.

Through these five videos, you’ll learn about the biggest players in the scene, where the current scene is at, and the must-haves from the early days of the genres.