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
7,887 1,112
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Emo Bands
NathalieSantos added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

2
6,150 1,742
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

3
6,482 1,268
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

4
4,172 2,008
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

5
3,776 1,309
All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Emo Bands
JonxthxnFxnditx added Pop Punk, Emo Punk, Punk Rock

6
4,251 1,245
Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Deathcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

7
2,983 698
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

8
2,958 861
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

9
2,844 1,193
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Emo Bands
stephgirl added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
2,157 630
Sleeping with Sirens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Emo Bands
destiny-dunning added Pop punk, Emo, Pop rock

11
2,328 1,135
Mayday Parade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Indie, Rock music

12
2,379 1,226
Escape The Fate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Emo, Metalcore, Heavy metal

13
2,852 965
Falling in Reverse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Glam metal, Metalcore

14
1,594 800
Taking Back Sunday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

15
2,017 870
Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

16
1,346 777
Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk

17
1,072 1,060
Hawthorne Heights is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

18
1,734 1,047
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Emo Bands
stephgirl added Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

19
1,534 750
The Used is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

20
1,198 962
Boys Like Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Country pop, Rock music

21
1,631 926
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Indie, Emo

22
1,046 767
Brand New is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Gothic rock, Rock music

23
1,227 713
We the Kings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

24
1,160 860
Secondhand Serenade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

25
881 854
Blessthefall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Christian hardcore, Emo, Metalcore

26
786 376
Of Mice & Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Metalcore, Post-hardcore

27
804 773
Memphis May Fire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Metalcore, Post-hardcore, Southern rock

28
846 699
Dashboard Confessional is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

29
928 387
Asking Alexandria is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Euro-trance, Deathcore, Metalcore

30
759 339
A Day To Remember is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

31
863 656
Yellowcard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Emo, Melodic hardcore

32
758 663
Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

33
754 522
Get Scared is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Emo Bands
DennisChang added Gothic rock, Rock music, Emo

34
600 605
New Found Glory is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

35
1,287 615
Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Emo

36
659 712
Alesana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

37
537 331
Motionless In White is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Industrial metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal

38
557 648
From First to Last is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

39
566 709
Metro Station is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

40
555 334
Suicide Silence is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Deathcore, Heavy metal

41
264 535
Matchbook Romance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Emo Bands
wickedclown3388 added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

42
470 749
Tokio Hotel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Teen pop

43
283 351
Underoath is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Emo Bands
JacobHuneycutt added Deathcore, Christian hardcore, Black metal

44
256 313
We Came as Romans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Experimental rock, Metalcore, Symphonic metal

45
367 477
Mindless Self Indulgence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Emo Bands
killakane94 added Synthpunk, Hip hop music, Dance-punk

46
403 534
I See Stars is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Dance-punk, Emo

47
250 369
Scary Kids Scaring Kids is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

48
363 504
Sick Puppies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

49
227 274
Beartooth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added

50
404 554
Eyes Set to Kill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Emo, Metalcore, Melodic hardcore