If music is the key to your happiness, then these cities are basically paradise. A ranking of the best cities in the world for music lovers has named three Canadian cities among the greatest on the planet.

The ranking was published in January by luggage storage service Bounce. It analyzes cities around the world that are “notable for their music scene.”

The cities are ranked based on their music-related events and offerings, such as festivals, record shops, and music venues.

Bounce used platforms like Songkick, Stereoboard, and Vinyl World to collect the data and rank each city out of 10 based on all the categories combined.

Data from all 4 factors were combined to give a normalized rank for each city, and an overall ‘music lover score’ out of 10, to reveal the best city breaks for music lovers in 2023.

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Out of 30 cities worldwide, three in Canada made the cut starting with Montreal in 10th place.

Montreal received an overall score of 6.89 out of 10, with 16 upcoming festivals, 686 upcoming music events, 18 music venues and 22 record stores.

Sliding into 29th and 30th place are Toronto and Vancouver with respective scores of 4.44 and 4.29.

The ranking says that Toronto only has four upcoming music festivals, but in fact, locals know that festival season in the city is jam-packed.

Below are the 30 best cities for music lovers around the world, according to the ranking:

  1. London, UK
  2. Berlin, Germany
  3. NYC, USA
  4. Chicago, USA
  5. Paris, France
  6. Los Angeles, USA
  7. Glasgow, UK
  8. San Diego, USA
  9. Manchester, UK
  10. Montreal, Canada
  11. Madrid, Spain
  12. Munich, Germany
  13. Melbourne, Australia
  14. Hamburg, Germany
  15. Leeds, UK
  16. Cologne, Germany
  17. Barcelona, Spain
  18. Stockholm, Sweden
  19. Bristol, UK
  20. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  21. Oslo, Norway
  22. Atlanta, USA
  23. Milan, Italy
  24. Sydney, Australia
  25. Vienna, Austria
  26. Rome, Italy
  27. Mexico City, Mexico
  28. Dublin, Ireland
  29. Toronto, Canada
  30. Vancouver, Canada

Now that you know the best cities in the world for music lovers, it’s time to pack your dancing shoes and choose your destination!