Iconic Music Cities

Over the years, music has played a major role in the development of American society. From the east coast to the west coast, there are iconic music cities around the U.S. that attract music lovers from around the world. With an abundance of history behind each genre, there is always something new to be discovered in the world of music. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 iconic cities every music lover should visit. 

And if you’re ever in Nashville, stop by Musicians Hall of Fame for a tour, where you can learn more about any and every genre with historical and inspirational exhibits throughout our museum

The Orpheum in Memphis

1. Memphis, Tennessee

Music in Memphis has greatly impacted the culture and society we live in today, making it one of the most historically rich music cities in the United States. As the birthplace of many genres like rock-n-roll, gospel, blues, jazz, and more, Memphis has offered it all. Famous artists like B. B. King, Furry Lewis, and Elvis have all played a role in shaping the iconic music culture in Memphis. With attractions like Graceland and Beale Street, locals and tourists can experience the incredible and iconic music culture of Memphis first hand. 

Memphis Music Attractions

At Musicians Hall of Fame, the city of Memphis and its various genres are represented through multiple attractions. Guests can experience the American Studio Exhibit which includes the vocal booth, instruments, and more used by artists like Elvis Presley, The Box Tops, etc. Another Memphis music attraction at Musicians Hall of Fame is the Stax Recording Studio Exhibit. Here, guests will be able to see the instruments used by musicians like Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, and more. 

Recording Studio

2. Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Muscle Shoals is home to some of the greatest records in the history of America. The man who discovered Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips, who later went on to play an instrumental role in the Memphis music scene, is originally from the area. While Memphis is the birthplace of iconic genres like blues, soul, rock, and more, Muscle Shoals has also served as one of the most popular recording locations for artists of all backgrounds. Artists like Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, W.C. Handy, and Percy Sledge have left a huge mark on the music culture in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. 

Muscle Shoals Music Attractions

Musicians Hall of Fame offers guests the experience of a lifetime at the Muscle Shoals Exhibit, featuring instruments used to record famous artists such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and more. Guests who visit this exhibition will not be disappointed and will leave with an appreciation for the quaint music town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. 

Detroit Skyline

3. Detroit, Michigan

With iconic legends such as The Supremes and Marvin Gaye, Detroit, Michigan is an iconic music city with a rich historical past. Though the city has shut down many historic music buildings, the residents of Detroit still find pride in the impact the city has made in the world of music. With attractions like the Motown Museum and Hitsville U.S.A, Motown is represented throughout most of Detroit. Home to the motown genre, Detroit, Michigan is an iconic music city for all music lovers to visit. 

Detroit Music Attractions

The Motown Exhibit at the Musicians Hall of Fame features photos and instruments used by icons such as The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, and more. Motown is an important historical part of music culture, and this exhibition works to display its impact on the U.S.

Nashville Skyline

4. Nashville, Tennessee

Known as Music City, Nashville is home to some of the most iconic music legends in history. Locals and tourists find themselves enriched with music culture on almost every street around Nashville, helping the city live up to its famous name. Historic attractions like the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry are two of the most visited in the United States. Now home to a multitude of iconic country artists, Nashville continues to live up to its reputation as a music city legend.

Nashville Music Attractions

Musicians Hall of Fame is a Nashville music attraction in itself, displaying iconic music legends and exhibits of all varieties, not just country music. Guests can experience the Nashville Exhibit featuring instruments, clothes, and paintings of artists like Tammy Wynette, Charlie Rich, and more. 

Los Angeles at Night

5. Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is known for its contributions to the film industry, but it has also played an important role in the music industry. Home to surfer rock, coastal rap, and more, Los Angeles continues to be one of the most important cities in the world for artists new and old to take the next step in their music career. With yearly music festivals and events, Los Angeles is one of the most visited music cities in the U.S. Tourists can dive into the musical world of Los Angeles by visiting attractions like the Los Angeles Music Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and more.  

Los Angeles Music Attractions

The Los Angeles exhibit at Musicians Hall of Fame displays the work and instruments of icons like The Beach Boys, Paul Revere, and more. Guests can experience how Los Angeles has impacted the culture and history of music through this exhibit.   

Iconic City Exhibits at the Musicians Hall of Fame

At Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, we offer guests the experience of a lifetime. By engulfing themselves in the history of music culture, guests can learn more about a multitude of genres throughout the different exhibits. Learn more about each of these exhibits here.

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