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
8,140 1,152
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Emo Bands
NathalieSantos added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

2
6,330 1,822
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

3
6,703 1,322
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

4
4,287 2,091
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

5
3,861 1,361
All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Emo Bands
JonxthxnFxnditx added Pop Punk, Emo Punk, Punk Rock

6
4,345 1,299
Bring Me The Horizon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Deathcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

7
3,137 735
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

8
3,114 924
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

9
2,917 1,247
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Emo Bands
stephgirl added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
2,385 1,173
Mayday Parade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Indie, Rock music

11
2,236 673
Sleeping with Sirens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Emo Bands
destiny-dunning added Pop punk, Emo, Pop rock

12
2,427 1,264
Escape The Fate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Emo, Metalcore, Heavy metal

13
2,930 1,004
Falling in Reverse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Glam metal, Metalcore

14
1,654 818
Taking Back Sunday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

15
2,081 893
Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

16
1,392 807
Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Dance-punk

17
1,110 1,083
Hawthorne Heights is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

18
1,782 1,081
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Emo Bands
stephgirl added Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

19
1,576 771
The Used is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

20
1,226 984
Boys Like Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Country pop, Rock music

21
1,079 784
Brand New is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Gothic rock, Rock music

22
1,668 947
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Indie, Emo

23
1,262 727
We the Kings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

24
1,178 881
Secondhand Serenade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

25
897 875
Blessthefall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Christian hardcore, Emo, Metalcore

26
820 394
Of Mice & Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Metalcore, Post-hardcore

27
877 712
Dashboard Confessional is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

28
816 793
Memphis May Fire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Metalcore, Post-hardcore, Southern rock

29
963 408
Asking Alexandria is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Euro-trance, Deathcore, Metalcore

30
793 354
A Day To Remember is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

31
776 677
Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

32
784 536
Get Scared is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Emo Bands
DennisChang added Gothic rock, Rock music, Emo

33
621 619
New Found Glory is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

34
887 669
Yellowcard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Emo, Melodic hardcore

35
1,325 631
Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Emo

36
563 345
Motionless In White is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Industrial metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal

37
666 726
Alesana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

38
567 659
From First to Last is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

39
579 728
Metro Station is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

40
568 351
Suicide Silence is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Deathcore, Heavy metal

41
271 550
Matchbook Romance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Emo Bands
wickedclown3388 added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

42
480 765
Tokio Hotel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Teen pop

43
293 363
Underoath is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Emo Bands
JacobHuneycutt added Deathcore, Christian hardcore, Black metal

44
266 322
We Came as Romans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added Experimental rock, Metalcore, Symphonic metal

45
372 491
Mindless Self Indulgence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Emo Bands
killakane94 added Synthpunk, Hip hop music, Dance-punk

46
370 514
Sick Puppies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

47
403 545
I See Stars is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, Dance-punk, Emo

48
254 378
Scary Kids Scaring Kids is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

49
234 284
Beartooth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Emo Bands
UniqueLittleOctopus added

50
367 385
Thursday is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Emo Bands
Rock music, Emo, New Prog