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What are the best cities for music lovers? There’s a been a survey that I don’t like at all.

In my travels, I’ve determined that no one loves music more than the English. With so many people packed together in a tiny space, everyone follows music like politics or sports. Everyone looks at the charts. Everyone goes to gigs.

My suspicions were confirmed by a new survey by secondary ticket seller SeatPick. They analyzed cities around the planet, ranking them for the love their citizens show for music. Here are some highlights.

  • London, UK is the top global music hotspot, scoring 9.3/10.
  • Los Angeles is America’s top music hotspot, scoring 9.1/10. It has 1,575 live shows planned, the most in the US.
  • Chicago has the most music venues in the US and the second-highest number of scheduled music festivals.
  • New York City is the ‘birthplace’ of music, with over 3,000 artists/bands originating from the Big Apple.
  • Fans of vinyl should head to Tokyo, which has the most amount of Record Stores – 224.

Then there’s this handy chart.

Where do Canadian cities rank? Nowhere. Not a one made the top 50, which makes me believe that they didn’t even look at Canada. Given Canada’s (and especially Toronto’s) status on the world stage–we are a country that punches FAR above our weight for our population–it’s insane that we don’t get props. I call bullsh*t.

Here are a few more pretty pictures.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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