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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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110 65
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Los Angeles California

2
102 72
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nashville Tennessee

3
66 57
New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York City New York

4
103 99
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Kansas City Missouri

5
67 61
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Seattle Washington

6
66 60
Austin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Austin Texas

7
57 52
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New Orleans Louisiana

8
47 45
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Las Vegas Nevada

9
33 34
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Atlanta Georgia

10
48 53
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
San Francisco California

11
49 57
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Chicago Illinois

12
29 36
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Cleveland Ohio

13
41 54
Portland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Portland Oregon

14
29 38
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Memphis Tennessee

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18 25
Miami is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Miami Florida

16
22 31
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

17
29 41
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
San Diego California

18
21 31
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minneapolis Minnesota

19
21 31
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
St. Louis Missouri

20
26 41
Denver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Denver Colorado

21
23 37
Boston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Boston Massachusetts

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22
35 55
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Phoenix Arizona

23
12 22
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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24
12 22
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Chapel Hill North Carolina

25
16 28
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Santa Fe New Mexico

26
9 18
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Charleston South Carolina

27
15 27
Athens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Athens Georgia

28
14 27
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Orlando Florida

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10 21
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Cambridge Massachusetts

30
25 44
Madison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Madison Wisconsin

31
9 20
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Honolulu Hawaii

32
7 17
Providence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Providence Rhode Island

33
15 30
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians

34
16 32
Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tulsa Oklahoma

35
11 28
Houston is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Houston Texas

36
8 25
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
San Antonio Texas

37
6 22
Concord is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Concord California

38
6 22
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Omaha Nebraska

39
9 29
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Dallas Texas

40
4 19
Hattiesburg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Hattiesburg Mississippi

41
6 32
Fort Worth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Fort Worth Texas