Top 10 Cities with the Best Music ScenesThese cities are not just geographical locations on a map, but living, breathing symphonies of sound. Each city has its own distinct melody, a unique rhythm that beats in sync with the heart of its inhabitants, reverberating through the streets, the clubs, the concert halls, and the coffee shops, pulsating in the very air that surrounds you.
You know those moments when you're strolling through the streets of a city, and you suddenly hear the distant strumming of a guitar, the soulful notes of a saxophone, or the powerful beats of drums? These are the cities that offer those moments. They're the places where music is not just an industry, but a way of life, deeply ingrained into the culture and the spirit of the city.
Is it the soulful blues echoing through the streets of Chicago, the vibrant salsa rhythms that fill the air in Havana, or the cutting-edge electro beats pulsing through the clubs in Berlin that speak to your soul? Or maybe you're drawn to the lively country twang of Nashville, the jazzy tunes floating through New Orleans, or the grunge-infused rock history of Seattle?
The question we're posing to you is: what are the cities with the best music scenes? And remember, 'best' is subjective here. Maybe for you, it's about the variety of music available, or the quality of the local artists. Perhaps it's the music history of the city, the iconic venues, or the music festivals that draw your attention.
An obvious choice for being #1 on this list. The Rolling Stones, Queen, Coldplay, the Police, Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd and Blur all formed in London, influencing many people who aspire to be a musician when they get older in their lives. Such a phenomenal city London is.
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?
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?
No way Chicago is 3rd best. As a resident I can say there are way too many clubs or venues that don't pay. So it makes much harder to make a living playing music in Chicago. Unless you're a regular in the blues or jazz scene.
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.
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!
Oslo is a beautiful and clean city. It is a perfect place to film any music videos.
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.?
Oasis and the Smiths changed music forever. Manchester is awesome!
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!
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!
Sum 41 is from the Toronto Metropolitan Area, but that would count
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.
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.
Get out of your North American head space, see the world and then visit Melbourne... Nothing more to say.
Great music, electronic and rock, I see musicians almost everywhere I go in Miami, and they don't want to get rich or famous, they just want to play music, and that's what it should be about... Love the music scene