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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1
8,883 1,272
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Emo Bands
NathalieSantos added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
2
6,859 2,015
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
3
7,333 1,482
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
4
4,646 2,289
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
5
4,145 1,520
All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Emo Bands
JonxthxnFxnditx added Pop Punk, Emo Punk, Punk Rock
6
3,585 1,133
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica
7
3,158 1,398
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Emo Bands
stephgirl added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
8
2,520 784
Sleeping with Sirens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Emo Bands
destiny-dunning added Pop punk, Emo, Pop rock
9
2,556 1,305
Mayday Parade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Indie, Rock music
10
2,303 987
Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
11
2,569 1,393
Escape The Fate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Emo, Metalcore, Heavy metal
12
3,169 1,127
Falling in Reverse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Glam metal, Metalcore
13
1,858 893
Taking Back Sunday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
14
1,564 916
Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk
15
1,219 1,198
Hawthorne Heights is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
16
1,779 848
The Used is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
17
1,910 1,231
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Emo Bands
stephgirl added Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge
18
1,194 864
Brand New is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Gothic rock, Rock music
19
1,313 1,088
Boys Like Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Country pop, Rock music
20
1,797 1,034
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Indie, Emo
21
1,396 808
We the Kings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
22
1,241 970
Secondhand Serenade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, Folk rock
23
947 972
Blessthefall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Christian hardcore, Emo, Metalcore
24
977 773
Dashboard Confessional is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, Folk rock
25
918 467
Of Mice & Men is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Metalcore, Post-hardcore