Readers’ Poll: The Greatest American Music Venues

We tallied the results, checked the list twice, and, well, there you are

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    And just like that, it’s all over.

    A little over a week ago, we asked you — our wonderful, beautiful, ever-dedicated readers who enchant us every hour and every waking day — to toss in your vote for the greatest American venue.

    Well, after receiving thousands of responses, we tallied up the list and assembled a top 25. There were a few surprises, even a couple we left off, but your No. 1 choice is hardly shocking: Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.

    Consult the full list below and revisit our colossal compendium here.

    25. Great Scott, Boston
    24. Terminal 5, New York City
    23. The Tabernacle, Atlanta
    22. Stubb’s, Austin
    21. Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Elkhorn, WI
    20. Webster Hall, New York City
    19. The Echo, Los Angeles
    18. The Wiltern, Los Angeles
    17. Lincoln Hall, Chicago
    16. Greek Theatre, Berkeley
    15. Newport Music Hall, Columbus
    14. Madison Square Garden, New York City
    13. The Troubadour, Hollywood
    12. The Fillmore, San Francisco
    11. Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
    10. Metro, Chicago
    09. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
    08. Bowery Ballroom, New York City
    07. Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood
    06. Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa, IA
    05. First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis
    04. Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
    03. 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
    02. The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
    01. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO


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