Top 10 Cities With the Best Music Scenes

The Top Ten

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?

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.

Whilst I agree with London, Seattle must surely be an extremely close second... Nirvana & Pearl jam, amongst others, need I say anymore?

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?

Many bands and great venues

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.

Guns N' Roses, Metallica & Megadeth and so many other bands are from here! 🎵🎶


I am thinking of moving there because Austin has one of the top yet most underrated music scenes in the country! I have lived in Nashville and L.A. And ohviously they are both amazing places to be a musician.

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.

New York

NYC is definitely number 1 or 2 along with London maybe LA

NYC is definitely number 1 with London a close second

Chicago Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world. more.

All the great blues guys came from here


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.

Live on the green


"Die Ärzte", a famous German band was founded in Berlin-Kreuzberg.


Black Sabbath and Judas PRiest!

The Contenders

Atlanta Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States.
Detroit Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located across from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on the Detroit River, Detroit had an estimated population of 672,662 in 2018.

Motown was one of the greatest music scenes in music history

Tokyo Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world.

Anime + Hatsune Miku

When Hatsune Miku sings in the Toyko Dome, it must be AMAZING! I Love You, Miku Chan!

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

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

Memphis Memphis is a city located along the Mississippi River in southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee, United States.
Boston Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S.

Pixes, Cars, Aerosmith, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

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

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.

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.?

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


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!

The Replacemnets, Husker Du

Toronto Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, the provincial capital of Ontario, and the centre of the Greater Toronto Area, the most populous metropolitan area in Canada.

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!

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.

Katrina might of damaged it but it should still be here

Liverpool Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England. As of 2018, the population is approximately 494,814.

Does not matter what any other city does, EVER; Liverpool's impact will always be remembered.
Imagine checking out the club scene there in 1962!

How is Liverpool so low?! I mean, there’s the Beatles, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Cilla Black, Atomic Kitten and the Sugarbabes just to name a few.


Get out of your North American head space, see the world and then visit Melbourne... Nothing more to say.

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