16. Cleveland, Ohio, USA 

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The city of Cleveland, Ohio is the home of the world renowned Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where every year new nominees are inducted in a star studded ceremony featuring often unique live performances.

Recent inductees to the Hall of Fame have have included Tom Waits, Nirvana and Public Enemy. The complex includes four theatres, a museum with over seven floors of exhibits (some permanent, others ever-changing) and multiple interactive stations.

Besides housing one of the most recognisable landmarks in rock ‘n’ roll today, the mid-western city of Cleveland has also been the home of a number of significant artists and bands across a range of different genres.

Bands to emerge from the city on the shore of Lake Erie include the Trent Reznor led-industrial band Nine Inch Nails, snotty punk rockers the Dead Boys and the influential art-punk collective Pere Ubu.

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson also has associations with the Cleveland scene, and in recent years the increasingly popular Dylan Baldi led indie rock band Cloud Nothings have emerged to critical acclaim.

Being the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has led to some observers to label Cleveland “the Rock & Roll Capital of the World”, and while that claim is debatable, there is little doubt that Cleveland is an important metropolis in the universally popular art form.

Associated acts: Pere Ubu, Nine Inch Nails, Dead Boys, Cobra Verde, Cloud Nothings, The Outsiders, Marilyn Manson, Electric Eels 

Landmarks: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame