There was a brief period of time in the early 2000s when emo music seemed like the most dominant of any genre. The songs from that era helped to define the tastes and attitudes of an entire generation. But just like with any trend, more than a few of those emo songs totally disappeared from everyone's radars. This departure happened partly because so many bands were trying to make it big.
Whether the song came from a mega-popular emo band like Hawthorne Heights or The Used, or from a lesser-known band, there were so many great tracks that deserve another listen. A list of them has been compiled below for your listening pleasure.
"Face Down" By Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
It's hard to think of a band more deserving of the one-hit wonder moniker than The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. This alternative rock outfit broke into the mainstream scene in 2004 with "Face Down," a dark single about an abusive relationship. Unfortunately, this impactful song didn't guarantee the band a concrete place in the radio charts ever again but "Face Down" did land at 10 on the US Mainstream Top 40.
"Ocean Avenue" By Yellowcard
Released as the second single from an album of the same name, "Ocean Avenue" is the song that introduced many to Yellowcard back in 2003. The song was an instant hit for its time, peaking at 37 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and going double platinum in 2013. Unfortunately, none of Yellowcard's other songs were quite as successful and the band eventually separated.
"The Boys of Summer" By The Ataris
For many emo scene fans in the early 2000s, The Ataris' fourth full-length album, So Long, Astoria, was a must-have for any solid CD collection. No song was quite as beloved or popular as the bands' cover of the Don Henley song, "The Boys of Summer," released in 2003. Ataris' version charted at 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached the second highest spot on the US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks.
"Ohio Is For Lovers" By Hawthorne Heights
Possibly the most emo song on this list of one-hit wonders, Hawthorne Heights' 2004 hit, "Ohio Is For Lovers," possesses an exceedingly dark message. In the hook, lead singer JT Woodruff croons, "Cut my wrists and black my eyes, So I can fall asleep tonight, or die."
Rather bleakly, this song is referred to as the "Emo Anthem" for an entire generation. There's no denying that for a brief period in time, "Ohio Is For Lovers" was the song that seemingly everyone knew the words to.