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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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Memphis May Fire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Metalcore, Post-hardcore, Southern rock
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The Used is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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New Found Glory is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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The Red Jumpsuit Apparat... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Indie, Emo
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Dashboard Confessional ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, Folk rock
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Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Emo
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Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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Yellowcard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Emo, Melodic hardcore
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Alesana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Alternative rock, Hip hop, Alternative metal
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Underoath is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Emo Bands
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Deathcore, Christian hardcore, Black metal
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Suicide Silence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added
Deathcore, Heavy metal
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Matchbook Romance is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Emo Bands
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Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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Thursday is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, New Prog
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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave
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Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock
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The Academy Is... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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Metro Station is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music
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Story of the Year is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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Scary Kids Scaring Kids ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
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Senses Fail is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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I See Stars is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Dance-punk, Emo
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American Football is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Emo, Alternative rock, Indie rock
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Crown The Empire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Emo Bands
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Sick Puppies is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Emo