Ranking 11 Concerts I Have Attended


Throughout my life, music has always been a very important aspect. Ever since my very first concert, I knew that going to as many concerts of the artists I loved was something that I just needed to do. So, here I will be ranking and explaining my thoughts on all the concerts I have attended thus far (as there will most definitely be more). 

#1: Hannah Montana and The Jonas Brothers

A pretty iconic first concert I must say. The Jonas Brothers opened this show, and while I was a die hard Hannah fan, the Jo Bros really blew me away. Now, to be fair, I do not remember the entirety of the concert, but I do know that if they were going on tour again together, I could be found in the pit. Hannah and The Jonas Brothers were two of the best artists of our childhood, and I am completely honored that I was able to witness this in person. RATING: 11/10 (bonus point for my outfit).

Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) and The Jonas Brothers on tour
Me and my friend Anna Caroline in front of the Hannah Montana tour bus

#2: Maroon 5

I will not deny it — Maroon 5 did used to be my favorite band. There was a large span of my childhood that was spent obsessing over Adam and the rest of the guys. However, that part of my life has indeed closed. During the peak of my life for them, though, I did attend two concerts. The first was at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and we were legitimately at the very back of the stadium. This was enjoyable only for the fact that I was stoked to see them, but the second concert at Thompson Boling Arena was much closer and better. RATING: 4.5/10 for the first and 5.5/10 for the second

Maroon 5 on tour

#3: Fitz and the Tantrums featuring Mikky Ekko

There was quite a hiatus in my concert-going until high school when I really started attending more and more. This particular show was held at the Mill and Mine, and it was one of the most fun nights I have ever had. Mikky Ekko opened the show, and his voice is absolutely amazing. Plus, he even walked through the audience, which was super cool. Fitz and the Tantrums was the main focus of the concert, and they definitely did not disappoint. They had tons of energy and interacted with the crowd a great amount. Everyone was dancing and singing along the whole night. RATING: 10/10

Fitz and the Tantrums on tour

#4: Harry Styles featuring Kacey Musgraves

Do I honestly even have to say anything? Best night of my life. Kacey opened this show at the Infinite Energy Center in Georgia, and she looked stunning and sounded even better than she does pre-recorded. I was not super familiar with her before this concert, but now she is one of my favorite singers. Of course, Harry was the main event, and everything about the show was perfect. His custom suit, red boots, interactions with the crowds, music, dancing, and especially his gratitude was extraordinary. He is such a talented performer, and I would highly recommend seeing him if you ever get the chance. RATING: 10000000/10

Harry Styles on tour

#5: Simple Minds

I saw Simple Minds at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with my parents. I really loved the atmosphere of the Ryman, but to be honest, the best part of the concert was getting to hear Don’t You Forget About Me live. Our seats were not the best, and I could not really hear what exactly he was saying or see the stage very well. RATING: 5/10 

Simple Minds on tour

#6: Elton John

This show was one of Elton’s many stops in his farewell tour, and I have never witnessed such a legend onstage. He was the main and only performer that night at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and even though our seats were towards the back, we still felt included. Every song had its own video that was projected on a giant screen for everyone to see. Not to mention, Elton has some dedicated fans, and the costumes that many showed up in were so impressive. Such a cool experience! RATING: 11/10

Elton John on tour

#7: Young the Giant featuring Sure Sure

Words cannot begin to describe how much fun this concert was. It was held at the Tennessee Theater, and absolutely everyone was dancing, even if they were in the balcony (like us). I had never heard Sure Sure before that night, but they were incredible and so charismatic. Plus, they were walking around after the show, and we even got posters directly from the band members! (Also, they are very friendly over Instagram and easy to interact with.) Young the Giant was the big performer of the night, and this concert turned me into even bigger of a fan. His voice is amazing, and the lights enhanced the show even more. RATING: 9.5/10 (I wish Young the Giant interacted more with the crowd).

Young the Giant on tour

#8: James Bay featuring Noah Kahan

James Bay has always been one of my favorite artists, so I was stoked to see him perform live. This concert was, once again, at the Ryman, and our seats were much closer this time. I went with just my mom, and we had an absolute blast. Noah Kahan opened the show, and while I was unfamiliar with him before, now he is one of my most listened to musicians. Both James and Noah sounded incredible and were so kind to the audience. I would definitely see them both again. RATING: 12/10

James Bay on tour

#9: Kacey Musgraves

Since I loved Kacey so much when I first saw her on tour with Harry Styles, I did not hesitate to attend when she came to the Tennessee Theater. Once again, she was beautiful and sounded perfect. I do wish we had been a little closer than the balcony, but she still made everyone feel like her friend. The set was filled with great songs, and she never disappoints. RATING: 9/10

Kacey Musgraves on tour

#10: Moon Taxi

I have seen Moon Taxi twice, both times being at the Mill and Mine, and they really put on a great show. The atmosphere of the venue is very intimate and allows for so much dancing. Moon Taxi is unbelievably talented, and their concerts are a blast. Every song has lights or graphics to go with it, and Trevor Terndrup, the lead singer, does an excellent job of making you feel like you know him. Even though I have already seen them twice, I would keep seeing them again and again. RATING: 11/10 both times.

Moon Taxi on tour

#11: Cage the Elephant and Beck

We traveled to Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio for this one, and I am forever grateful that we did. Cage the Elephant has always been one of my favorite bands and seeing them live was quite an experience. Although we were out on the lawn of the venue and had to view the majority of the concert from far away or through the screens, the videography was great and Matt Shultz is an excellent entertainer. There was never a dull moment, and the set list was amazing. Beck was the final artist of the show, and while I enjoyed Cage the Elephant better, Beck, too, was great. It is extremely crucial to mention that after Cage the Elephant’s set, Shultz stage dove through the entire venue, including the lawn. I almost had the honor of touching the singer; it was a night I will never forget. RATING: 12/10

Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant and Beck on tour