Bands/Musicians The Best Emo Bands  

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List Rules 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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7,788 1,094
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Emo Bands
NathalieSantos added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

2
6,082 1,711
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

3
6,403 1,242
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

4
4,124 1,979
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

5
3,742 1,296
All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Emo Bands
JonxthxnFxnditx added Pop Punk, Emo Punk, Punk Rock

6
4,213 1,234
Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Deathcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

7
2,933 684
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

8
2,893 838
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

9
2,810 1,182
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Emo Bands
stephgirl added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
2,125 617
Sleeping with Sirens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Emo Bands
destiny-dunning added Pop punk, Emo, Pop rock

11
2,306 1,123
Mayday Parade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Indie, Rock music

12
2,363 1,211
Escape The Fate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Emo, Metalcore, Heavy metal

13
2,827 952
Falling in Reverse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Glam metal, Metalcore

14
1,574 793
Taking Back Sunday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

15
1,989 861
Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

16
1,328 766
Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk

17
1,058 1,048
Hawthorne Heights is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

18
1,717 1,033
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Emo Bands
stephgirl added Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

19
1,510 745
The Used is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

20
1,186 949
Boys Like Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Country pop, Rock music

21
1,617 917
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Indie, Emo

22
1,030 759
Brand New is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Gothic rock, Rock music

23
1,217 703
We the Kings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

24
1,156 851
Secondhand Serenade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

25
873 844
Blessthefall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Christian hardcore, Emo, Metalcore

26
772 366
Of Mice & Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Metalcore, Post-hardcore

27
797 766
Memphis May Fire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Metalcore, Post-hardcore, Southern rock

28
838 690
Dashboard Confessional is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

29
912 379
Asking Alexandria is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Euro-trance, Deathcore, Metalcore

30
748 332
A Day To Remember is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

31
853 648
Yellowcard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Emo, Melodic hardcore

32
747 656
Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

33
737 515
Get Scared is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Emo Bands
DennisChang added Gothic rock, Rock music, Emo

34
595 596
New Found Glory is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

35
1,277 603
Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Emo

36
652 704
Alesana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

37
523 326
Motionless In White is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Industrial metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal

38
548 642
From First to Last is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

39
562 702
Metro Station is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

40
544 329
Suicide Silence is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Deathcore, Heavy metal

41
263 526
Matchbook Romance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Emo Bands
wickedclown3388 added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

42
465 740
Tokio Hotel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Teen pop

43
278 344
Underoath is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Emo Bands
JacobHuneycutt added Deathcore, Christian hardcore, Black metal

44
254 305
We Came as Romans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Experimental rock, Metalcore, Symphonic metal

45
364 469
Mindless Self Indulgence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Emo Bands
killakane94 added Synthpunk, Hip hop music, Dance-punk

46
402 526
I See Stars is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Dance-punk, Emo

47
245 362
Scary Kids Scaring Kids is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

48
359 497
Sick Puppies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

49
220 269
Beartooth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added

50
401 548
Eyes Set to Kill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Emo, Metalcore, Melodic hardcore