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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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92 52
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Los Angeles California

2
87 62
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nashville Tennessee

3
94 89
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Kansas City Missouri

4
56 50
New York City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York City New York

5
59 55
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Seattle Washington

6
56 56
Austin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Austin Texas

7
40 38
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Las Vegas Nevada

8
48 50
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New Orleans Louisiana

9
27 29
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Atlanta Georgia

10
41 47
Portland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Portland Oregon

11
41 49
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
San Francisco California

12
44 54
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Chicago Illinois

13
26 31
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Cleveland Ohio

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25 36
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
San Diego California

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18 27
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
St. Louis Missouri

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15 23
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Santa Fe New Mexico

17
18 28
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

18
33 50
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Phoenix Arizona

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14 23
Athens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Athens Georgia

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23 36
Denver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Denver Colorado

21
25 39
Madison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Madison Wisconsin

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11 19
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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17 28
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minneapolis Minnesota

24
23 37
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Memphis Tennessee

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21 35
Boston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Boston Massachusetts

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8 16
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Charleston South Carolina

27
12 22
Miami is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Miami Florida

28
10 20
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Chapel Hill North Carolina

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12 23
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Orlando Florida

30
16 29
Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tulsa Oklahoma

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

32
14 27
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians

33
8 18
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Honolulu Hawaii

34
6 15
Providence is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Providence Rhode Island

35
6 19
Concord is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Concord California

36
6 19
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Omaha Nebraska

37
10 26
Houston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Houston Texas

38
4 16
Hattiesburg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Hattiesburg Mississippi

39
7 24
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
San Antonio Texas

40
8 27
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Dallas Texas

41
6 29
Fort Worth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Fort Worth Texas