Trying to sum up the life of a musician in the short space of one film is tricky. Not only must they be popular enough to warrant a whole cinematic adventure to themselves, but it can't wander into the superficial or just present us with information that we could have easily gathered with a cursory glance at Google.

There are other issues. The biopic also can’t be a celebration of the musician’s heroics, and it needs to present him or her (or them, in the case of a group) in a relatable and truly human manner. As you can probably tell from this checklist, over the years, many biopics have failed to adhere to these prerequisites. But those that do flourish often give us a riveting insight into our artists' lives. It remains to be seen which category Straight Outta Compton will fall into. So far, it is resonating with large audiences. So, to celebrate its release, let’s countdown the 10 Best Music Biopics, and hope that the N.W.A. tale can match up to them in time.

10. 24 Hour Party People
A genuine God to the good people of Manchester, Tony Wilson might not have been a musician, but he single-handedly created the most important record label in the history of the Northern city. And in the process, he brought a national (and eventually global) spotlight upon bands like Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and A Certain Ratio.

Directed by the relentless Michael Winterbottom, and elevated by the achingly human writing of Frank Cottrell Boyce, the film brazenly admits that it’s a combination of rumors, real events, and urban legends, most of which is presented directly to camera by Steve Coogan’s fourth wall breaking Wilson. Witty, enlightening, and proudly unconventional, 24 Hour Party People moves at a break neck speed from the early 70s to the late 80s without breaking sweat, and is packed to the brim with sublimely engrossing characters that you can’t help but be as equally impressed and disgusted by.

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