10 Best US Cities for Music Fans Madison, Wisconsin, scores surprisingly high By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Jul 12, 2016 4:20 PM CDT 28 comments Comments Welcome to Nashville. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Newser) – There's a reason Nashville is known as Music City. ValuePenguin ranks Nashville as the best US city for music fans based on 15 factors, broken down into three groups: The Band (number of musicians, recording studios, and record labels, per 1,000 people), The Crowd (number of radio stations, bars, venues), and The Intangibles (number of music schools, performing arts degrees, and more). Though Los Angeles scored high in two categories, its poor showing in The Crowd put it at the No. 27 spot. The top 10: Nashville Honolulu Seattle Madison, Wisconsin. Austin Albany Tucson Rochester, New York Pittsburgh San Francisco Click for the full list or see a critic's picks for the 100 greatest songs ever.