Cities / Towns The Best Cities for Musicians  

Ranker Travel
3.9k votes 681 voters 18.8k views 41 items

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. 

list ordered by

1
144 101
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California

2
104 69
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York

3
134 99
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee

4
74 66
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Illinois

5
89 83
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Washington

6
75 68
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Louisiana

7
48 38
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minnesota

8
92 93
Austin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas

9
118 126
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri

10
48 45
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Pennsylvania

11
50 52
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Ohio

12
40 41
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri

13
43 45
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts

14
59 66
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California

15
25 24
Providence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Rhode Island

16
56 73
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nevada

17
46 62
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Georgia

18
36 48
Madison is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Wisconsin

19
34 50
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee

20
17 26
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts

21
51 80
Portland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Oregon

22
25 40
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians

23
15 28
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
KyleWelsh added Kentucky, USA

24
43 77
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Arizona

25
24 46
Miami is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Florida