2009 Countdown: Best Music Scene

KEXP counted down the top musical meccas of the world on Wednesday, and... surprise!... Seattle won in a landslide victory. Maybe it’s because we Seattleites are a people so proud of having released Jimi Hendrix, grunge music, and Kenny G onto the world, or maybe Seattle is just a truly melodic heaven on earth -- who knows? Regardless, we’re number one! The Big Apple deservingly took second, winning our hearts with rowdy bands like The Ramones, Sonic Youth and The Strokes. And, our Northwest neighbors, Portland, which birthed beautiful groups like The Decemberists, Blind Pilot, and Viva Voce, placed a fair third.

Here’s what you voted as the best music scenes out there and some bands that are the reason why:

Rank City Sample Bands
12 Boston, MA Pixies
Magnetic Fields
The Lemonheads
Dinosaur Jr.
Morphine
Sebadoh
Mission of Burma
Mr. Lif
The Modern Lovers
Galaxie 500
Buffalo Tom
11 Minneapolis, MN The Replacements
Sugar
Husker Du
Soul Asylum
Tapes N’ Tapes
Prince
The Replacements
10 Glasgow, UK Camera Obscura
Belle & Sebastian
Teenage Fanclub
Franz Ferdinand
Glasvegas
Mogwai
Twilight Sad
Fratellis
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Jesus & Mary Chain
9 Manchester, UK Oasis
Doves
The Happy Mondays
Buzzcocks
The Ting Tings
The Fall
Badly Drawn Boy
The Smiths
Inspiral Carpets
Joy Division
8 San Francisco, CA Journey
Port O’Brien
Beulah
Deerhoof
John Vanderslice
The Dodos
Sly & The Family Stone
Lyrics Born
Michael Franti
7 Athens, GA The Woggles
Mendoza Line
Macha
Pylon
B-52′s
Mathew Sweet
R.E.M.
Of Monreal
Elf Power
Neutral Milk Hotel
6 Chicago Eleventh Dream Day
Smashing Pumpkins
The Sea and Cake
The Jesus Lizard
The Ponys
Curtis Mayfield
The Staple Singers
David Vandervelde
Wilco
5 London, UK Hot Chip
Dead Can Dance
The Damned
Libertines
David Bowie
Sex Pistols
Motorhead
Bloc Party
The Kinks
The Clash
4 Austin, TX Butthole Surfers
Ghostland Observatory
Willie nelson
Voxtrot
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
Bubble Puppy
The Black Angels
Spoon
3 Portland, OR The Decemberists
The Gossip
Wipers
Blind Pilot
Blitzen Trapper
Viva Voce
Dandy Warhols
Helio Sequence
2 New York, NY LCD Soundsystem
The Ramones
Grandmaster Flash
Matt & Kim
Public Enemy
Yo La Tengo
Richard Hell
Jim Carroll
1 Seattle, WA Common Market
Neko Case & Her Boyfriends
Soundgarden
Visqueen
Sir-Mix-A-Lot
Mudhoney
The Sonics
Nirvana


The Decemberists live “The Sporting Life” from Picaresque


The Black Angels live “Snipers At the Gates Of Heaven” from Passover


The Ting Tings “Great DJ” from We Started Nothing live at Islington Mill


Glasvegas “Flowers and Football Tops” fromGlasvegas


The Smiths “Panic” from Louder Than Bombs


We Were Promised Jetpacks “Quiet Little Voices” from These Four Walls


Mr. Lif “Live From Plantation” off of I Phantom

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