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Top 25 Musical Cities, According To

According to, these are the cities from which the music I listen to comes from, ordered by number of bands/artists. There are a few issues with the music-mapping system (as you will see), but overall, it's still pretty interesting.
25Mesa Verde
The Old Road

Glasgow, GB - 6 (also tied with 6: Stockholm, Oakland, Sacremento, Manhattan,
Queens, Amherst (Massachusetts) )
24Stars of the Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline

Austin, Texas - 7
23The Thermals
The Body, The Blood, The Machine

Portland, Oregon - 7
Give You The Ghost

Minneapolis, Minnesota - 7
21Hop Along
Get Disowned

Baltimore, Maryland - 7
20Delta Spirit
History From Below

San Diego, California - 7
Foreign Tapes

Sydney, Australia - 7
For Your Own Special Sweetheart

Washington DC - 8
17Dirty Three
Toward The Low Sun

Melbourne, Australia - 8
16Shugo Tokumaru
In Focus?

Tokyo, Japan - 9

Cornwall, GB - 9, a few things wrong with this one. First of all, Cornwall is an entire
region of England containing places like Newquay, Truro, Penzance, etc. Secondly,
pretty sure the only Cornish band I've ever heard is Vales, and everyone else listed
here is either from Bristol (still Southwest, but not near Cornwall really), or
somewhere else completely. Seems to be an RYM glitch.
14The War on Drugs
Slave Ambient

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 10
13Danny Brown

Detroit, Michigan - 10
Halcyon Digest

Atlanta, Georgia - 11 (I would have picked Big Boi or Killer Mike for this one but
acording to RYM, Big Boi is from Savannah (even though Outkast is listed as
Atlanta, makes sense I guess) and Killer Mike is from some suburb).
11Oneohtrix Point Never

Boston, Massachusetts - 13
10Loma Prieta

San Francisco, California - 13
9Kishi Bashi

Seattle, Washington - 14 (we make some good hipster music up here in the
Celebration Rock

Vancouver, BC, Canada - 14 (hometown love, this number will only increase as I
continue to get into local bands)
7Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 15 (surprisingly low, I figured I listened to enough
Canadian indie music that this would be one of the front-runners, maybe not!)
Cancer 4 Cure

Brooklyn, New York - 19
5Cap'n Jazz
Shmap'n Shmazz

Chicago, Illinois - 19
4Basia Bulat
Heart of My Own

Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 19 (very surprised Montreal lost out to Toronto for top
Canadian city)
3Yeah Yeah Yeahs

New York, New York - 38, but this would have been number 1 if RYM organized it
better. There were catogories for all the boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Harlem
etc.) but also a one non-specific one for all of NYC. If this were organized properly,
NYC would be #1.
The Fool

Los Angeles, California - 46 (not including Compton, Glendale etc.)

Still the centre of the rock music universe: City of London, GB - 48 (many more in
the Great London area, including Hammersmith, Brixton, Deptford, Wembley, etc.)
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