Top Cities in the World for Music Lovers

Music is not just for your ears. It is for your heart and soul.

Music has no boundaries, so let’s look beyond our own and explore what the world has to offer.

Here are the top cities in the world that will get your soul singing and get your heart pumping.



World’s favorite capital city is also home to some of the world’s best music. Be it the legendary rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen or the modern ones like Coldplay, Radiohead and Oasis; soul singers like Adele, Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone or R&B stars like Leona Lewis, Jay Sean and Alexandra Burke; London has nurtured and popularized some of the best musical talent in the world.

Visit one of the long list of live-music venues or a free lunchtime concert at the Royal Albert Hall or Hyde Park in the summers. Home to Ministry of Sound, Fabric and KOKO – this city offers top class nightlife with its clubbing scene.

If you own a regal musical taste, you should attend the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Not to miss: A live concert of your favorite artist at the O2 Arena.



One mention of this Austrian city and the symphonies of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Strauss, Schubert and Schoenberg flood our minds. Vienna boasts of a rich classical music heritage, few in the world can parallel.

The city is buzzing with amazing shows during its annual performance season from September to June, a number of music festivals throughout the year and special events. Catch a performance at the Vienna State Opera, Theatre an der Wien or the Vienna Volksoper.

Visit the Walk of Fame at the ‘Music Mile’ and spot the stars of your favorite legends.

Mozart lovers must visit his apartment at Domgasse 5, which has now been turned into a museum dedicated to his work.

It’s only apt that this city is called World’s Music Capital.

Not to miss: The world famous recital by the Vienna Philharmonic at the Weiner Konzerthaus. Life-changing!


If there is a city whose heart and soul is music, it is Nashville. Popular as the Music City, Nashville is where stars like Johny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Kesha found their ground.

There are hundreds of venues playing live music everyday, all the time. Bourbourn Street Blues, Exit/In, Wildhorse Saloon and Bluebird Cafe are some of the popular ones for an evening of Country fun.

Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry and Museum and the CMA Music Festival held each June for your dose of music memories.

Music Row at Demonbruem street is the place to go if you want to experience first hand the thriving music industry in this city. Offices of famous record labels, the RCA studio and the architecture and art will bring a spring in your steps.

Not to miss: A walk along the Music Mile (aka The Music City Walk of Fame) and spot the stars of your favorite artists.



Yes, you heard it right. If throbbing dance music is your scene, this ‘Paris of West Africa’ is the place to be. Powered by the local invention Mbalax, a drumming and dance cocktail of Latin, Carribean and African beats with the popular Western Music, a full night of dancing and partying in Dakar is always never enough.

Popular stars include Youssou N’Dour, Baaba Maal, Cheikh Lo and Pape Diouf, whose music is as adventurous as their names.

Choose from a host of rocking dance clubs like Kilimanjaro Club, Africulturban, Just4U and Villa Krystal. Make sure to get good sleep beforehand, because parties in most places begin at midnight!

Not to miss: The annual Africa Fete, a music festival held in December featuring the top stars of Senegalese music.



How can a list of musical cities be complete without a mention of namma Chennai? Home to the world’s largest cultural event – the Madras Music Season, this city has been the heart of Indian classical music for centuries. The Music Season, celebrated for six weeks during the months of December-January brings together the best of talent in Indian Music. Every part of the city hosts hundreds of Carnatic music concerts, Bharatanatyam recitals and instrumental performances from India and abroad.

If you like to go against the conventional tide, Chennai surprisingly albeit not so secretly has a thriving rock scene to offer. Do check out the bands LBG (Little Babooshka’s Grind), Junkyard Groove and the Extramentals (of Shruti Haasan).

June Rock Out, a major Indian rock festival is organized in the city every year.

Not to miss: Saarang, the annual culture fest of IIT-M is the best place to experience the coolest musical talents in the city. Afterall, the Kolaveri originated here!

So whether you need inspiration, a spring in your step or just to sing along, these places can deliver it all for you. Let the music play!