The Best Emo Bands Bands/Musicians

The Best Emo Bands

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List Criteria: Only emo bands, no other punk derivative bands should be on here unless emo is their primary genre.

At the end of the 1990s, emo, a subgenre of punk rock, began to resonate with music fans. Though it didn't become popular until the early 2000s, there were a bunch of emo bands that became popular with mainstream rock music fans. The best emo bands are still, to this day, able to sell out arenas across the globe. Even as the popularity of the genre has waned over the years, the top emo bands have managed to endure, capturing the hearts and minds of their loyal supporters.

So, what are the best emo bands? For starters, you can't think about emo without mentioning Jimmy Eat World. Overlooked at the beginning of their career, Jimmy Eat World became one of the first emo music bands to become a fixture on alt rock radio and are naturally on this list. Following their lead, other popular scene bands - big names like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Panic! At the Disco - were able to maintain strong careers based on the strength of their songs and ability to resonate with audiences. Though their music isn't as popular as it once was, the top emo bands can still be heard on radio to this day.

It's hard to determine the differences between the best emo band and the most popular emo band, but that's the point of this list. We're looking find out which band can truly be considered above and beyond their contemporaries and peers within the genre. It may be difficult to define what exactly is a good emo band, but ultimately, it's up to you to decide the group who deserves to be at the top of this list. Above all, you should be able to answer the tough question of "who are the best emo bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest emo musician ever?" The ball is in your court so it's up to you to decide.


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    The Black Parade, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, I Brought You My Bullets ...

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    Infinity on High, Save Rock and Roll, From Under the Cork Tree

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    Riot!, All We Know Is Falling, brand new eyes

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    A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!

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    The Drug In Me Is You, Fashionably Late, The Drug in Me Is You

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    New Again, Tell All Your Friends, The Tell All Your Friends Demo

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    Love Drunk, Boys Like Girls, Crazy World

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    Feel, If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack

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    Pinkerton, Weezer, Weezer

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    Stronger, Awake, Rise

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    The Young and the Hopeless, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, The ...

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    Bleed American, Christmas, Futures (bonus disc: Demo Recordings)

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    The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Don't You Fake It, Lonely Road

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    The Used, Artwork, Berth

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    We the Kings, Smile Kid, Sunshine State of Mind

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    Ocean Avenue, Paper Walls, Lights and Sounds

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    Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York

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    Enema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182

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    Discovering the Waterfront, This Is How the Wind Shifts, When Broken Is ...

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    Metro Station, The Questions We Ask at Night, Shake It

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    Everyone's Out to Get Me, Cheap Tricks And Theatrics, Built For Blame

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    No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls, Still Not Getting Any…

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    Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count, Heroine

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    Stand Up and Scream, Life Gone Wild, Reckless & Relentless

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    Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force, The Flood

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    Homesick, What Separates Me from You, Common Courtesy

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    Voices, Stories and Alibis, West for Wishing

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    Fly, Sick Puppies EP, Connect

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    Infamous, Creatures, London in Terror

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    Let It Enfold You, Still Searching, Renacer

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    The Cleansing, The Black Crown, Suicide Silence

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