Behind The Music (partially lost VH1 documentary series; 1997-2014)

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Status: Partially Lost

Behind The Music was a musical documentary series that ran on VH1 from 1997 to 2014 becoming one of VH1's longest-running programs. Created by Jeff Gaspin and Gay Rosenthal and narrated by Jim Forbes, the show profiles mostly famous musicians, locations, DJs, years, and movies that had a cultural impact on the music industry. The show returned with new episodes on Paramount+ on July 29th, 2021.[1][2] All of the show's original 244 episodes would only be aired once and never again, causing a lot of the show's episodes to be lost to time.

The VH1 website used to list the show and all its episodes, which were not viewable. Whenever you click on an episode, some text appears "This Video Is Currently Unavailable due to current rights and restrictions, this video is unavailable, but feel free to check back later. In the meantime, why not watch something else?". Although the episodes were not viewable on VH1's website, it did help in listing all the episodes and their subjects.[3] However, the webpage for the show has since been taken down, now redirecting to VH1's homepage.


Aired Episodes

# Title Status
1 Milli Vanilli Found
2 MC Hammer Found
3 Fleetwood Mac Found
4 Boy George Partially Found
5 Nowhere To Hide Lost
6 Imagemakers Found
7 Lynyrd Skynyrd Found
8 Teddy Pendergrass Found
9 Billy Joel Found
10 Jim Croce Found
11 Lilith Fair Fo u n d
12 Andy Gibb Found
13 The Carpenters Found
14 The Mamas & The Papas Found
15 Meat Loaf Found
16 Jerry Lee Lewis Found
17 Sonny Bono Partially Found
18 Gladys Knight & The Pips Found
19 Willie Nelson Found
20 Rick James Partially Lost
21 Selena Found
22 David Crosby Lost
23 Takin' It To The Streets Lost
24 Jefferson Airplane/Starship Found
25 Ozzy Osbourne Found
26 Ted Nugent Found
27 Joe Cocker Found
28 Keith Moon Lost
29 David Cassidy Found
30 Bonnie Raitt Partially Found
31 Culture Club Reunion Found
32 Robbie Robertson Lost
33 Blondie Found
34 Gloria Estefan Lost
35 Jan & Dean Lost
36 Harry Chapin Found
37 Def Leppard Found
38 Studio 54 Found
39 Tony Orlando Partially Found
40 Frank Sinatra Lost
41 Gloria Gaynor Lost
42 Stevie Nicks Found
43 Steppenwolf Lost
44 Madonna Found (1998 version)
Partially Found (2001 version)
45 1968 Found
46 Shania Twain Partially Lost
47 John Denver Found
48 John Mellencamp Found
49 Metallica Found
50 Leif Garrett Found
51 Lionel Richie Lost
52 Rick Springfield Found
53 Grand Funk Railroad Found
54 KC & The Sunshine Band Partially Found
55 Motley Crue Found
56 Bette Midler Found
57 Heart Fo u n d
58 R.E.M. Found
59 Marianne Faithful Found
60 Donnie & Marie Lost
61 Depeche Mode Found
62 Duran Duran Found
63 Cher Found
64 No Doubt Found
65 Iggy Pop Found
66 Vanilla Ice Found
67 Donna Summer Found
68 TLC Found
69 Black Crowes Found
70 Run-DMC Found
71 Julian Lennon Lost
72 Eric Burdon & The Animals Lost
73 Lenny Kravitz Found
74 Badfinger Found
75 Peter Tosh Found
76 Alice Cooper Found
77 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Partially Lost
78 Red Hot Chili Peppers Lost (1999 version)
Found (British version) (2002 version)
79 Weird Al Yankovic Found
80 Poison Found
81 Quiet Riot Found
82 Bad Company Found
83 Natalie Cole Lost
84 Melissa Etheridge Found
85 Woodstock Found
86 Bay City Rollers Found
87 Goo Goo Dolls Found
88 Glen Campbell Found
89 Sting Found
90 Alan Freed Lost
91 Quincy Jones Partially Found
92 Thin Lizzy Found
93 Lindsay Buckingham Found
94 Russell Simmons Found
95 Rocky Horror Picture Show Found
96 Barry White Lost
97 Alanis Morissette Found
98 Dr. Dre Found
99 1984 Found
100 1999 Partially Lost (Spanish Dub)

Found (English Dub)

101 Genesis Found
102 The Partridge Family Partially Found
103 Michael Hutchence Found
104 Celine Dion Found
105 1970 Partially Found
106 1977 Found
107 Ricky Martin Partially Lost (2000 version)

Partially Lost (2011 version)

108 Elton John Found
109 Tina Turner Found
110 The Police Found
111 Oasis Found
112 1992 Found
113 The Bangles Found
114 The Go-Go’s Found (2012 remaster)
115 Bon Jovi Found
116 AC-DC Found
117 The Monkees Found
118 Queen Latifah Lost
119 Faith Hill Partially Found
120 Ice-T Found
121 1972 Found
122 Peter Frampton Found
123 Styx Found
124 1975 Lost
125 Public Enemy Found
126 Sinead O'Connor Found
127 Behind The Music Anniversary Special Partially Found
128 Cat Stevens Found
129 Snoop Dogg Found
130 Barenaked Ladies Found
131 Chicago Found
132 Brian Setzer Found
133 Tiffany Partially Lost


134 Creed Found
135 Everclear Found
136 Rod Stewart Lost
137 John Lennon The Last Years Found (British version) (US Version)
138 2000 Found
139 Flashdance Lost
140 Journey Found (Broadcast)

Found (Directors Cut)

141 Huey Lewis & The News Partially Found
142 Salt N Pepa Lost
143 Doobie Brothers Found
144 Megadeth Found
145 Blues Traveler Found
146 1981 Found
147 1987 Lost
148 1994 Found
149 Busta Rhymes Found
150 Ricky Nelson Found
151 Green Day Found
152 The Notorious B.I.G. Lost (2001 version)

Found (2012 version)

153 REO Speedwagon Found
154 Hair Found
155 Billy Idol Found
156 Neil Diamond Found
157 Pat Benatar Found (2011 remaster)
158 Blind Melon Found
159 Twisted Sister Found
160 Judas Priest Found
161 Puff Daddy Lost
162 Aaliyah Partially Lost (2001 version)

Found (2012 version)

163 Mary J. Blige Partially Lost (2001 version)

Found (2011 version)

164 The Cult Partially Found
165 Sublime Found
166 Aerosmith Found (Australian version)
167 Hall & Oates Found
168 Sheryl Crow Found
169 Anthrax Found
170 Garbage Found
171 Bob Marley Found
172 Foreigner Found
173 2 Live Crew Lost
174 Hootie & The Blowfish Found
175 Boston Lost
176 Boyz II Men Found
177 5th Anniversary Raunchiest Moments Lost
178 5th Anniversary Riches To Rags Lost
179 5th Anniversary Most Shocking Moments Lost
180 5th Anniversary Heartbreaks & Breakups Lost
181 5th Anniversary Near Death Experiences Lost
182 5th Anniversary Update Show Lost
183 Cyndi Lauper Found
184 Matchbox Twenty Lost
185 Britney Spears Found
186 Spice Girls Found
187 TLC: The Final Chapter Found
188 Guns N’ Roses Found
189 George Michael Found
190 LL Cool J Partially Found (both 2004 and 2013 versions)
191 New Edition Lost
192 Backstreet Boys Found
193 Kid Rock Found
194 Ratt Found
195 Pantera Found
196 Nick Lachey Found [1]
197 New Kids On The Block Found
198 Lil Wayne Found
199 P!nk Lost (2009 version)

Found (2012 version)

200 Bobby Brown Found
201 Bret Michaels Lost
202 T.I. Found (2009 version)

Lost (2012 verison)

203 50 Cent Partially Found (2009 version)
Found (2013 version)
204 DMX Found
205 Christina Aguilera Found [2]
206 Eve Found
207 Courtney Love Found
208 Jennifer Hudson Partially Found
209 Jennifer Lopez Found
210 Usher Partially Found
211 Fantasia Lost
212 Nelly Partially Found
213 Missy Elliot Found
214 Ice Cube Found
215 Miranda Lambert Found
216 Enrique Iglesias Found
217 Adam Lambert Found
218 Pitbull Lost
219 Game Partially Found
220 T-Pain Found
221 Akon Found
222 Nas Found
223 Brandy Partially Found
224 Train Lost
225 Ne-Yo Lost
226 Carrie Underwood Found
227 Nicole Scherzinger Partially Found
228 Gym Class Heroes Found
229 Toni Braxton Found
230 Ludacris Found
231 Linda Perry Found

Canceled Episodes

Title Status
Ratt (1999 Version) Partially Found
Scott Weiland Lost

The show has very few episodes that were canceled. The most notable one is the one on Scott Weiland (lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver). It was announced back in March 2009 that Weiland was one of the first artists to sign on to the series alongside Lil Wayne.[4] While Lil Wayne's episode aired on September 10th, 2009, Weiland's episode never aired or was possibly never made. In March 2018, three years after Weiland's death, his Wildabouts bandmate Doug Grean revealed that VH1 didn't interview him enough for the episode, hence why it was never completed.[5] It didn't say who else VH1 interviewed for the canceled episode, like his bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots or Velvet Revolver. It's unknown how far production on the episode went before it got canned.


Episodes have reemerged online through recordings of the original airings posted on various video-sharing sites and reworkings of the original episode. International versions of some of the lost episodes are also available online. Some episodes of the Paramount+ reboot of Behind the Music use clips from their original episodes as part of the reboot's updated version of those episodes. On July 20th, 2022, nine episodes from the original series became available to stream on the platform. A few have updated content edited into it, however.

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