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Ranking the Best Music Cities in America

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Ranking the Best Music Cities in America

A city’s music scene is an integral part of its culture. If you’re a music enthusiast who hopes to experience some of America’s best, you can’t go wrong by visiting any of these cities.

8. Boston

Just a few of the great recording artists birthed in Boston include Aerosmith, Pixies, The Cars, James Taylor, Boston and Dropkick Murphys. The city is famous for its ever-changing, cutting-edge music scene where you can find local bands playing at intimate venues like Harpers Ferry and the House of Blues, or pop icons at TD Banknorth Garden, New England’s largest arena. Classical music is still an important part of the city’s cultural heritage, thanks to institutions like the Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory. No matter you’re your style, on any given night of the week you’ll discover an exciting experience among the live music scene here. In fact, you might like it so much that you find yourself searching through the Boston homes for sale.

7. New Orleans

Louisiana’s most fabled city is not only renowned for the Mardi Gras carnival, but it’s a cultural birthing place. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it witnessed the dawn of jazz, with Louis Armstrong, considered the world’s best jazz trumpeter, born here in 1901. He sang on street corners here before honing his craft on the Mississippi River, playing aboard a paddle steamer, as the Smithsonian magazine notes.
Greats like Fats Domino and more recent legends like Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. have continued to shape music in this region. Whether you go bar hopping in the French Quarter, attend Mardi Gras, the New World Rhythms or New Orleans Jazz festivals, the music scene here will never disappoint.

6. Detroit

The Motor City is the birthplace of Motown and hosts the Motown Museum where you can listen to the sounds and check out artifacts from the likes of the Temptations, Supremes and Marvin Gaye. Kiss dubbed it “Detroit Rock City,” and many other artists have called it home, including Alice Cooper, the White Stripes and Eminem. Some of the top venues here today include the historic St. Andrews Hall, landmark The Filmore Detroit and Magic Stick.

5. Seattle

Considered the birthplace of the grunge music scene, spawned in the early 1990s, Seattle still embraces the genre with a permanent exhibit honoring Nirvana at the EMP Museum. The iconic record label Sub Pop Records, credited with launching the movement, is still based here in the Emerald City and continues to birth popular indie artists like The Shins as well as hip-hop stars like Macklemore. Sample some of the best of the city’s music scene in places like the Columbia City Theater and The Showbox.

4. Austin, Texas

The “Live Music Capital of the World,” as Austin bills itself, boasts more live music venues per capita than even the most famous music spots like Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles. It all started with the TV show “Austin City Limits,” followed by the annual festival South by Southwest. Some of the must-experience venues here today include the Continental Club and Broken Spoke, but your options are practically endless.

3. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is famous for its Grand Ole Opry and country music, but it’s a great place for all genres. It has a thriving rock scene that can be experienced at multiple venues like The Basement, an intimate venue that hosts everything from acoustic and metal shows with occasional pop-ins like Metallica. Of course, visitors can enjoy plenty of traditional tunes in a wide range of honky tonks and even attend live recordings at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

2. New York City, New York

The scene in the Big Apple is so diverse it’s challenging to summarize in only a few sentences. New York City is credited as the birthplace of hip-hop and punk and has been the launching spot for countless musicians. You’ll find just about any genre you’re looking for playing in everything from underground clubs to mainstream venues, like Lincoln Center, Knitting Factory and Beacon Theatre.

1. Los Angeles, California

The hub for all types of entertainment and every music style, L.A. was famous for big names that played along Sunset Strip like The Doors and Led Zeppelin who frequently graced stages at the Roxy and Whiskey a Go Go in the 1960s. In the ‘80s it was all metal and rock with hair bands like Van Halen, while the ‘90s birthed rappers like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre as well as Sublime and No Doubt. Today you can still enjoy live music at some of the country’s most iconic venues, including the Hollywood Bowl and Troubadour.

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