->''"Music can change the world because it can change people."''
-->-- '''Sonny Bono'''
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Music Stories are like SportsStories, but instead of sport players and teams trying to win games, the Music Stories are about musicians or music groups trying to overcome challenges related to performing music or using musical activities to solve other problems in their lives. Series about the every day lives of a fictional or fictionalized music star might also be considered Music Stories or partial examples if musical performance is a regularly featured element of the story. Sometimes the music group also gets involved in non-musical adventures that may cross into other genres, however musical performances will still play a major role.

Some of the many common plots include individuals or bands trying to make it big in a competitive and sometimes hostile music industry, music teachers trying to make a difference in the lives of their students either in an established music group that has declined or by creating a new music group, fictionalized biopics about historic RealLife musicians and composers, and kids (often troubled) pursuing their musical dreams by joining school choir or band, and then trying to balance their musical training with their academics and personal life. Sometimes the existence of the music group might be threatened with a funding cut that would destroy it, and the musical group must revitalize and revamp itself in order to impress the powers that be with their newfound talent and popularity to retain their funding source. Other times the music group might be raising money for a charity outside of itself.

Unlike TheMusical, dialog and exposition is not told primarily through song, and characters mostly confine their music to performances and practicing rather than, say, spontaneously breaking out into an elaborate choreographed song and dance number during their high school lunch break. MusicStories are mostly not musicals, but a few musicals are MusicStories because their plot centers on music training and performance. ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' would be a perfect example of a work that is both a [[MusicStories music story]] and a [[TheMusical musical]].

Compare {{Rockumentary}}. See also CookingStories.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/KOn''
* ''Manga/{{BECK}}''
* ''Manga/NodameCantabile''
* ''Anime/{{Piano}}''
* ''Manga/PianoNoMori''
* ''Manga/SakamichiNoApollon''


[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/124263/1/songs-uncle-sings/sineva Songs Uncle Sings]] is about the bonding and growth brought about by music.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/EightMile''
* ''Film/AlmostAngels''
* ''Film/AlmostFamous''
* ''Theatre/{{Amadeus}}''
* ''Film/{{Amy}}''
* ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces'' - Only a partial example. The fact that the boys are in the church choir is secondary to the plot, but it still evokes the concept of mentor figure trying to use musical activities as a good influence on troubled kids.
* ''Film/AugustRush''
* ''[[Film.AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks]]''
* ''Film/{{Backbeat}}''
* ''La Bamba''
* ''Film/{{Bandslam}}''
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''
* ''Film/BrassedOff'' - While it's more about the band members themselves and their lives OopNorth, the music is what keeps them going and they do enter a contest.
* ''Film/LesChoristes''
* ''Coal Miner's Daughter''
* ''Film/TheCommitments''
* ''Film/CrazyHeart''
* ''Film/{{Drumline}}''
* ''Film/EddieAndTheCruisers''
* ''The Five Heartbeats''
* ''Music/{{Fraktus}}: Das letzte Kapitel der Musikgeschichte''
* ''Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt''
* ''Going My Way'' - featuring BingCrosby
* ''Grace of My Heart''
* ''Film/AHardDaysNight''
* ''Film/{{Hop}}''
* ''Film/InsideLlewynDavis''
* ''Film/TheJazzSinger''
* ''Film/AMightyWind''
* ''Film/MrHollandsOpus''
* ''Film/MusicAndLyrics''
* ''Film/NotFadeAway''
* ''Film/{{Once}}''
* ''Film/PitchPerfect''
* ''Film/{{Ray}}''
* ''Film/TheRose''
* ''Film/TheSapphires''
* ''Film/SchoolOfRock''
* ''Film/SisterAct''
* ''Film/ASongIsBorn''
* ''Film/{{Sparkle}}''
* ''StillCrazy''
* ''Sweet Dreams''
* ''Swing Girls'' - a Japanese movie about a RagtagBandOfMisfits who transition from {{Ordinary High School Student}}s to a swing band playing at a music festival.
* ''Film/ThatThingYouDo''
* ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''
* ''Film/WalkHard''
* ''Film/WalkTheLine''
* ''Film/WhatWeDoIsSecret''
* ''TheWall'', the 1982 movie. Unusually, Pink's rise to stardom is glossed over; the movie instead focuses on his coming to terms with the way his life has gone.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''The Boys Who Did A-Singing Go'' by Alexander Rekemchuk
* ''Literature/TheChoir''
* ''Literature/AnEqualMusic'' by Vikram Seth
* ''The Last Days''
* ''Literature/{{Songmaster}}'' by Orson Scott Card
* ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' - which {{parodies}} just about every possible music trope, yet still qualifies.
* ''Literature/SpiderKiss''
* ''Literature/WarForTheOaks'' by Emma Bull


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/AustinAndAlly''
* ''Series/BigTimeRush''
* ''Series/DreamHigh''
* ''Series/DreamHigh2''
* ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords''
* ''Series/{{Glee}}''
* ''Series/HannahMontana''
* ''Series/ImInTheBand''
* ''Series/IDream''
* ''Series/{{Jonas}}''
* ''Series/TheMonkees''
* ''Series/TheNakedBrothersBand''
* ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily''
* ''Series/{{Smash}}''
* ''Series/TuttiFrutti''
* ''Series/{{Youngers}}''


[[folder: Musicals ]]

* ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}''
* ''Theatre/JerseyBoys''
* ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''
* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''... kinda.
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' became this once {{Activision}} took over the franchise.
* ''VideoGame/KiniroNoCorda''
* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial Drama Series Vol.2: Irodori no Love Song''
** ''Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Dancing Summer Vacation''


[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* ''VisualNovel/ShinkyokuSoukaiPolyphonica'' and its anime adaptations combine fantasy adventure with the music story. The main characters are Dantists, which are a mage-like group which uses music to influence supernatural spirits.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanPop'' - An animated film by Creator/RalphBakshi
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBremenAvenueExperience''
* ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussyCats''