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
141 98
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California

2
101 67
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York

3
129 98
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee

4
72 63
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Illinois

5
72 64
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Louisiana

6
88 82
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Washington

7
91 86
Austin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas

8
116 121
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri

9
46 40
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Pennsylvania

10
49 47
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Ohio

11
39 38
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minnesota

12
39 38
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri

13
41 42
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts

14
58 64
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California

15
25 22
Providence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Rhode Island

16
55 71
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nevada

17
44 61
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Georgia

18
34 48
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee

19
17 25
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts

20
32 48
Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Wisconsin

21
50 76
Portland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Oregon

22
25 39
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians

23
15 27
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
KyleWelsh added Kentucky, USA

24
24 44
Miami is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Florida

25
42 76
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Arizona