Musicians The Best Cities for Musicians  

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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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1
128 94
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California

2
92 64
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York

3
121 95
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee

4
68 61
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Louisiana

5
82 77
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Washington

6
67 62
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Illinois

7
114 117
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri

8
44 38
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Pennsylvania

9
47 43
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Ohio

10
79 84
Austin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas

11
56 60
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California

12
37 36
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minnesota

13
36 36
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri

14
24 21
Providence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Rhode Island

15
39 41
Boston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts

16
53 69
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nevada

17
17 24
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts

18
40 59
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Georgia

19
32 47
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee

20
31 46
Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Wisconsin

21
24 37
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians

22
46 76
Portland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Oregon

23
13 26
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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24
41 75
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Arizona

25
22 44
Miami is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Florida

26
18 38
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New Mexico

27
32 63
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California

28
28 61
Denver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Colorado

29
8 25
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nebraska

30
15 38
Athens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Georgia

31
10 29
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
South Carolina

32
10 29
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Hawaii

33
12 33
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
North Carolina

34
17 48
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Florida

35
16 48
Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Oklahoma

36
5 22
Hattiesburg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Hattiesburg Mississippi

37
7 29
Concord is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California

38
13 47
Houston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas

39
11 48
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas

40
8 45
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas

41
7 53
Fort Worth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas