While music fans the world over often debate which city has had the biggest impact on our eardrums over the years, New York tends to stand head and shoulders above the rest – and here’s why.
1) New York is home to the most influential bands and artists
Look through the record collection of your coolest friend, and you will no doubt see an eclectic mix of groups and musicians from the Big Apple. Artists such as the Velvet Underground, Blondie, and Lady Gaga all began their journey to superstardom in the venues of the city that never sleeps. What’s more, New York Dolls launched the punk genre from the rundown venues of the city, while Jay Z and 50 Cent got their big breaks literally rapping about the streets of New York.
2) Each music venue is full of history
From the lowest dive bar to the chintziest concert hall, NYC is scattered with locations that are pilgrimage sites for fans of every music genre. CBGB in the Bowery District was a launchpad for both Patti Smith and The Ramones, while Studio 54 is widely considered to be the birthplace of disco. Meanwhile, the Blue Note may be the most celebrated jazz club in the entire world.
3) The city is the home of musical theatre
No theatre district anywhere else on the planet is even close to exerting the magnetism of Broadway. From Phantom of the Opera to Chicago, as well as more modern hits such as Beautiful and The Book of Mormon, if you’re looking for song and dance, New York is the place to be – and if you’re curious as to which show might be the best choice for you, here’s a handy infographic that should help you to decide.
Infographic Design By theatre shows