The other 8 are cities that there's a better chance you've heard of, led by - no not San Francisco, Paris, London or any of those - but Charleston, South Carolina.
Yes Charleston, the city where George Gershwin composed Porgy and Bess, which fired the first shot in the American Civil War, which hosted the country's first golf game and which is rich and resplendent with varied architecture and gardens, trumped every other metropolis in the world in the eyes of those who thumb through the well known glossy periodical.
To clarify the Top 10: In a sort of "equal time" maneuver, Condé Nast pulled together the leader from each of the regions into which it divides the world: the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Caribbean and Atlantic, and Australia/Pacific. It highlights this list on it website announcing the polls results.
The absolute Top 10 would look different, as readers ranked many cities above the Gustavia's (it's in St. Barts) and the San Miguel Allende's. For instance, all of the leaders in the U.S. and in Europe topped both of those cities.
It also looks as though readers of the U.S. magazine have a U.S. bias as the top 3 U.S. cities - Charleston, San Francisco and Chicago - outrank any of Europe's gems. Perhaps that's why Condé Nast featured the "equal time" chart.