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List Rules Top U.S. cities to start and nurture a music career

List of the best cities for musicians. Many of the best contemporary and classic musical artists in the United States got their start in cities with music at the center of their culture. Whether you’re a veteran guitar player with years of gigs under your belt or an up and coming jazz singer with a distinctive voice, there’s a city that is designed for your particular musical talents and preferences. If you’ve ever speculated “what is the best city for musicians and music lovers?” this list is perfect for you.

These cities have a strong history of foster talent like Kurt Cobain in Seattle and one of the founders of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry,in St. Louis. Whether you’re interested in the beginnings of Gospel music in Chicago or want to be involved in the Latin sound of San Antonio, there’s a city that matches your particular tastes. These cities house thousands of musical venues, from large stadiums to intimate clubs, recording studios at every corner, and producers who are constantly in search of the next big thing.

This list covers the top cities in the United States for people who have music in their blood. Those who are most passionate about music, from country to punk rock, often find themselves migrating to one of these musical states to make their dreams come true. 

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101 58
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Los Angeles California

2
92 67
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nashville Tennessee

3
62 52
New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York City New York

4
65 56
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Seattle Washington

5
100 95
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Kansas City Missouri

6
61 58
Austin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Austin Texas

7
54 52
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New Orleans Louisiana

8
45 42
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Las Vegas Nevada

9
49 55
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Chicago Illinois

10
31 33
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Atlanta Georgia

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44 53
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
San Francisco California

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29 35
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Cleveland Ohio

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41 52
Portland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Portland Oregon

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29 40
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
San Diego California

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16 23
Miami is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Miami Florida

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26 38
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Memphis Tennessee

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19 30
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minneapolis Minnesota

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19 30
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
St. Louis Missouri

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23 36
Boston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Boston Massachusetts

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16 26
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Santa Fe New Mexico

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19 31
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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34 53
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Phoenix Arizona

23
24 39
Denver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Denver Colorado

24
9 17
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Charleston South Carolina

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14 25
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Orlando Florida

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11 21
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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11 21
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Chapel Hill North Carolina

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14 26
Athens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Athens Georgia

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10 20
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Cambridge Massachusetts

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25 43
Madison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Madison Wisconsin

31
9 19
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Honolulu Hawaii

32
7 16
Providence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Providence Rhode Island

33
16 31
Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tulsa Oklahoma

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14 29
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians

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6 21
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Omaha Nebraska

36
6 21
Concord is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Concord California

37
10 28
Houston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Houston Texas

38
8 25
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
San Antonio Texas

39
4 18
Hattiesburg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Hattiesburg Mississippi

40
8 29
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Dallas Texas

41
6 31
Fort Worth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Fort Worth Texas