Cities / Towns 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
117 74
New York City is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York
2
157 110
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California
3
147 107
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee
4
86 74
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Louisiana
5
58 45
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minnesota
6
95 86
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Washington
7
104 98
Austin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas
8
79 71
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Illinois
9
122 129
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri
10
52 50
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Pennsylvania
11
66 70
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California
12
45 45
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri
13
47 49
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts
14
53 57
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Ohio
15
28 27
Providence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Rhode Island
16
42 49
Madison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Wisconsin
17
53 65
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Georgia
18
59 77
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nevada
19
37 52
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee
20
56 83
Portland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Oregon
21
18 28
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts
22
27 42
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
23
30 47
Miami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Florida
24
18 29
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
KyleWelsh added Kentucky, USA
25
46 79
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Arizona