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The Best Cities for Musicians 

Ranker Travel
Updated November 5, 2019 4.7k votes 858 voters 22.3k views 50 items

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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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee
2
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California
3
New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York
4
Austin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas
5
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Louisiana
6
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Washington
7
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Illinois
8
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minnesota
9
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Pennsylvania
10
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri
11
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri
12
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California
13
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts
14
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Ohio
15
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Georgia
16
Madison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Wisconsin
17
Providence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Rhode Island
18
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nevada
19
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee
20
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
littleghost added Michigan, USA
21
Miami is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Florida
22
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
littleghost added California, USA
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Louisville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
KyleWelsh added Kentucky, USA
24
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
littleghost added Ohio, USA
25
Portland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Oregon