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
147 104
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California
2
108 70
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York
3
138 99
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee
4
90 84
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Washington
5
51 41
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minnesota
6
76 70
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Louisiana
7
75 69
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Illinois
8
95 93
Austin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas
9
118 127
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri
10
48 46
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Pennsylvania
11
42 41
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri
12
44 46
Boston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts
13
61 68
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California
14
50 54
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Ohio
15
25 25
Providence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Rhode Island
16
48 62
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Georgia
17
38 48
Madison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Wisconsin
18
56 74
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nevada
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
52 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