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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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Emo, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk

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    Pop punk, Indie, Emo

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

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    Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

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    Pop punk, Emo, Melodic hardcore

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Emo

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    Euro-trance, Deathcore, Metalcore

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    Metalcore, Post-hardcore

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    Industrial metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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    Pop punk, Dance-punk, Emo

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

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    Rock music, Emo, New Prog

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