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
126 92
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California

2
89 62
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York

3
120 94
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee

4
68 60
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Louisiana

5
81 76
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Washington

6
114 116
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri

7
66 61
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Illinois

8
47 42
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Ohio

9
42 37
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Pennsylvania

10
76 84
Austin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas

11
56 59
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California

12
36 35
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri

13
36 35
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minnesota

14
24 20
Providence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Rhode Island

15
39 40
Boston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts

16
53 68
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nevada

17
17 23
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts

18
32 46
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee

19
31 45
Madison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Wisconsin

20
39 58
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Georgia

21
24 36
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians

22
45 75
Portland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Oregon

23
13 25
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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24
18 36
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New Mexico

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

26
40 75
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Arizona

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
12 33
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
North Carolina

33
9 29
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Hawaii

34
16 48
Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Oklahoma

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

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