Cities With the Best Music Scenes

The Top Ten

1 London London London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south eastern part of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia.

Queen, Stones, Police, Zeppelin, Placebo, Bowie, Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Radiohead, Elton John, Muse, etc. 90% of the greatest names in modern music hail from the you. K. Any more evidence?

yeh - Jiorl

2 Seattle Seattle Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington.

Some of the best music we have today originated out of Seattle. Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Heart, Hendrix, Mother Love Bone... All really talented artists.

Hendrix, Cobain, Bing Crosby, Quincy Jones etc.

Bing Crosby, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Kenny Loggins, Heart, Queesnryche, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Candelbox, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, Mad Season, Screaming Trees, Temple of the Dog, Foo Fighters, The Presidents, Modest Mouse, Death Cab, The Head and the Heart, Sleater-Kinney, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, Kid Sensation, Blues Scholars, Macklemore...What you got?

3 Chicago

All the great blues guys came from here

4 Nashville

I am voting for Nashville also because I lived there and it is just spilling over with music. Sadly, many people think it is all country but they have plenty of clubs, bands and infrastructure that caters to rock, alternative, metal, indie, acoustic, electronic, rap, etc etc. It has as much or more music industry infrastructure as New York or Los Angeles but it is only a fraction of the size, which makes the concentration of music-related things much higher. Nashville also has some of the nicest people I have ever met. Total strangers are often very friendly but they also have their buttholes like any other place, it is just friendlier overall than most places. And unlike Ny or LA, the people and musicians are much more likely to help you out despite the competitive nature of the business

The best music comes from Nashville. And the most recording does too. There is more recording going on in Nashville than anywhere else in the world. With the Ryman the Grand Ole Opry and so many recording studios there is always music to hear. Nashville is the home and stomping ground for many artists.

Kings of leon, Paramore and Ke$ha oh yeah there are some country musicians here too.

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5 Austin

Explosions in the Sky, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Bob Schneider, Stevie Nicks, The Police, Elvis Costello, Butthole Surfers, Spoon, Ghostland Observatory, Austin City Limits (Festival and show), SXSW, etc.

You simply cannot beat the mix of genre and quantity of talent in one single location. Amazing!

All you have to do is visit and you'll know why. Texas does it right!

It's the live music capital of the world. Enough said.

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6 Los Angeles

Capitol records, universal, sony, kcrw, hollywood bowl, wiltern, troubadour, wiltern, music box, orpheum, more venues, and the list of artists is actually insane so I won't even try.

7 New York

NYC is defiantly number 1 or 2 along with London maybe LA - JC123

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9 Tokyo

yes japan is the place where every kind of music is played like you'll get along with almost every1 there its the greatest and every rock band has been there - ballaboi17

nippon budokan, the largest arena in central tokyo japan. many foreign countries performed here and japanese bands perform their anniversaries here - ronluna

notice all english speaking bands including europeans go to the place called Tokyo Dome to perform their concerts - ronluna

Anime + Hatsune Miku

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10 San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.


The Contenders

11 Boston

Pixes, Cars, Aerosmith, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

12 Memphis
13 Manchester

The smiths, new order, joy division, stone roses, happy mondays, the hollies, the buzzcocks, doves, oasis, charlatans, bee gees, inspiral carpets, chemical brothers, morrissey, charlatans, elbow - harrylime

No other city in the world has hosted a scene as brilliant and talented as Manchester. Where would music be today without Joy Division, The Smiths, New Order, Buzzcocks, The Stone Roses, The Chemical Brothers, etc.? - mjgass

This city should definitely be in the top 10. It's one of the most amazing and influential music cities on the planet.
New Order The Smiths Joy Division Happy Mondays influenced alternative music as we know it today. And one of these bands are still going strong after 30 years in the business.

14 Detroit

Motown was one of the greatest music scenes in music history

15 Minneapolis

Home of Prince, Bob Dylan, Morris Day & The Time, The Jets, Flyte Tyme Recording Studios (now Minneapolis Media Institute), The Peterson Family (First Family of Jazz), Flim & the BB's, Bunkers Music Bar & Grill, The Dakota Restaurant & Jazz Club, and LOTS more great music has come out of Minneapolis!

16 Toronto Toronto Toronto is the capital of the Canadian province of Ontario. It is located within the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

Rush, Neil Young, Anvil, The Band, Klaatu, Toronto, Alias, Death From Above 1979, Eidolon, I Mother Earth, Need I say more? Toronto is one of the most talented cities for music, same goes for many other parts of Canada!

17 New Orleans

I believe the people out here in NO support music to the fullest, we took a lost with katrina, but the city is full of life an a beautiful place to be an live.

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18 Montréal
19 Omaha
20 Atlanta
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