Music Loving Cities

The Top 24 Music Loving Cities In the World


1. Austin, Texas

Known as the 'Live Music Capital of the World', it is no surprise that Austin, Texas is highly regarded for its annual music festivals and weekly live band performances. Festivals such as SXSW, Austin City Limits, and the Fun Fun Fun Fest are all held in Austin each and every year. Plus, Austin's city streets like East Austin and Sixth Street each feature a live musical band almost every night of the week.

2. Berlin, Germany

Berlin has it all! DJ's, Punk rockers, and Classical Musicians are all proud to call Berlin their home. Not to mention, Iggy Pop and David Bowie both frequented Berlin's Kreuzberg district (historically known as the home of Berlin's punk rock scene) back in the day. Music fanatics still flock to this legendary location like the S036 music club daily.

3. Chicago, Illinois

Rich in musical history, Chicago offers music lovers all genres from rock and hip hop to blues and jazz. When visiting Chicago you will want to hit Buddy Guy's Legends to pay homage to musicians like Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters. However, if alternative rock is more your style you will want to check out the Metro area to see bands like the Smashing Pumpkins and Wilco. Lollapalooza and the Chicago Jazz Fest are two of the top musical events held in Chicago, Illinois each year.

4. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen hosts live music nightly! VEGA is Copenhagen's must visit venue where you can dance the night away to the top named pop, rock, and jazz bands. However, the historic Jazzhus Montmartre venue is the ultimate theatre for Copenhagen's jazz performers. Copenhagen is also home to the multi-day Distortion Music Festival which celebrates the city's underground music and art scene.

5. Detroit, Michigan

Motown was establish in Detroit during 1959. Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye are just three of the top artist who recorded with the Motown label in their small space. Today Motown's small space serves as a museum of musical exploration. During the 1980's Detroit was regarded as techno music innovator and still continues to celebrate the techno music genre with the annual Electronic Music Festival Movement.

6. Liverpool, England

Liverpool should be on every Beatles fan's bucket list. The city's Fab Four Taxi Tour will take you throughout the city to visit each and every Beatles landmark that the Liverpool has to offer, including the band's former home. Not to mention, Liverpool's International Beatleweek Festival that celebrates the band's music and notoriety with a week long musical event.

7. Los Angeles, California

LA is home to countless musicians including the legendary Tupac Shakur, the infamous Guns N' Roses, as well as the beloved Doors. It is also home to numerous noteworthy venues like the Troubadour, the Viking Room, and Whisky A Go Go.

8. London, England

London is well known for being the birthplace of many major musicians. Plus, its iconic venues such as the 100 Club has hosted several top performers like The Clash, Mick Jagger, and even The Sex Pistols. London's Rock n Roll Tour will take you down city's legendary back alleys for further exploration. You can pretty much find live music lurking around every London corner.

9. Manchester, England

Home to top musicians such as The Smiths, New Order, and Joy Division, it is needless to say that Manchester is a thriving music capitol. One must visit venue is Manchester's Deaf Institute which operates as a booming cafe during the daytime and then switches over to a bumpin multi-level club during the nighttime.

10. Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is known for many things but being the 'Birthplace of Rock n Roll' as well as the 'Home of the Blues' are definitely its top two. Graceland, the Stax Museum of American Soul, and Beale Street are all monumental locations proud to call Memphis their home.

11. Miami, Florida

Miami is a melting pot of music, whether you prefer electro DJs or a Latin salsa mix - Miami has it all. The city also hosts many major music festivals, like Ultra, as well as several nightclubs like Story, and LIV.

12. Montreal, Quebec

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is one of the top Jazz music festivals around. Each year more than two million festival goers attend this eleven day musical event making it the largest jazz festival in the world. Additionally, Montreal is home to a plethora of intimate bars and venues that host live gigs weekly.

13. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is nicknamed the world's 'Music City' as it is home to more than one hundred live music venues. Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Taylor Swift are just a few among the many great musicians who have graced the stages of Nashville. Don't be surprised to see hear live music the minute you step off your plane, as the Nashville airport welcomes live performers daily.

14. New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans music scene is bursting with a vibrant mix of jazz beats, brass bands, and lively bounce music. Frenchman Street is home to several high end music venues like Blue Nile or The Spotted Cat, while Preservation Hall within the French Quarter is known for its dancy jazz and funky brass bands. Make sure to check out the Maple Leaf club when in town.

15. New York, New York

The Ramones, Beastie Boys, and Wu Tang Clan are all proud to claim their fame to New York's stages. The Apollo Theater 9 is one of New York's landmark venues while Central Park is amazing for outdoor concerts during the summer. Verboten and Output are the perfect venues to listen to deep house beats while dancing the night away, which can last until 5am as New York's bars stay alive until the wee hours of the morning.

16. Paris, France

Daft Punk began to pave the way for French House Music during the late 1990s and the music still flows through Paris's streets today. You can find clubs like Le Rouge, Locomotive, Rex Club, and Social Club playing mixes of disco and electronica all night long.

17. ReykJavik, Iceland

Reykjavik's cultural life is bursting with to the seem with local musicians playing everything from punk rock to bluegrass. Not to mention, the noteworthy Secret Solstice Festival where Headliners like Deftones and Radiohead play their hearts out in front of Iceland's beautiful greenery.

18. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro's developing music scene is becoming an electro mecca. However, Rio is best known for one of the world's largest music festivals to date - Rock in Rio - that takes place in the city annually.

19. San Francisco, California

San Francisco is home to awesome festivals like Outside lands and amazing venues like The Fillmore. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane have all given performances of their lives on San Francisco's stages.

20. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Tomorrowland Brazil, Ultra Brazil, and even EDC Brazil all have the honor of taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Plus, the city is a clubbers paradise where one can find all genres of music from Brazilian Pop to the traditional Samba. The Warung Beach Club and D- Edge are two venues highly recommended to see when visiting the city.

21. Seattle, Washington

One can never forget how Seattle gifted the world with the epic grunge band Nirvana. Seattle's Experience Music Project Museum even has an exhibit fully dedicated to honoring Nirvana's success. Make sure to check out Seattle's legendary venues like The Crocodile and the Showbox.

22. Vienna, Austria

Classical music is highly celebrated in Vienna, Austria. Vienna is home to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Opera, and even the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. One must visit the Viennese concert cafe where the masses are welcome to sip on their favorite brew while listening to a classical tune.

23. Washington, DC

Washington, DC is well known for its underground music scene and intimate venues. It's list of legendary venues includes the 9:30 club, Bohemian Caverns, and Gypsy Sally's. Miles Davis, Arcade Fire, and Cyndi Lauper are just a few of the chart topping artists to perform in Washington, DC.

24. Umea, Sweden

The Umea music scene is mixed with a large array of genres including classical, punk, and even metal. Not to mention, the city is filled with numerous clubs, venues, and festivals. Make sure to visit Europe's largest guitar museum before you leave.