Emo One-Hit Wonders You Totally Forgot Existed

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Vote up all the songs that still give you the feels.

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.


  • "Here (In Your Arms)" By HelloGoodbye
    Video: YouTube

    For a brief moment back in 2006, HelloGoodbye had one of the biggest radio hits on their hands with the debut single, "Here (In Your Arms)." The song charted at 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at 19 on the US Mainstream Top 40. Nowadays, many emo music lovers have already forgotten HelloGoodbye, or they surely will in a few more years. Though the band is still together.

    • Album(s): Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!
    251 votes
  • "Best of Me" By The Starting Line
    Video: YouTube

    In the old days when TRL was still a thing and MTV dedicated its air time to premiering new music videos and songs on a daily basis, "Best of Me" by The Starting Line was one song you were destined to see on constant rotation after its 2002 release. All about a boy and a girl falling in love, celebrating youth, and wishing to leave their small town, this song is classic. 

    209 votes
  • "All Around Me" By Flyleaf
    Video: YouTube

    Flyleaf was one of the most divisive bands to emerge in the second half of the early 2000s, and that's no doubt thanks to the 2005 hit, "All Around Me." Many didn't appreciate its arguably Christian message but the song - which was the third single off Flyleaf's debut album - managed to chart at 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at 12 on the US Billboard Pop Songs. It's still a banger now.

    "All Around Me" turned many of the more dedicated emo fans off at the time and remains the only Flyleaf song to ever break into the Billboard Hot 100.

    • Album(s): Flyleaf
    290 votes
  • "At Your Funeral" By Saves The Day
    Video: YouTube

    After receiving major notice for touring with bands like Blink 182 and Green Day, Saves The Day, was one of the most well-respected emo bands to emerge in the 2000s. None of their songs ended up being as iconic as 2001 beloved single"At Your Funeral," which many true emo music lovers still love today. 

    • Album(s): Stay What You Are, Saves the Day
    183 votes
  • "Honestly" By Cartel
    Video: YouTube

    Few songs are as representative of the emo music genre as Cartel's "Honestly." The 2005 song - which is guaranteed to send even the most stalwart millennial on a trip down memory lane - charted at 26 on the US Mainstream Top 40. While the Cartel band is still together, none of their songs have ever been quite as successful as "Honestly."

    • Album(s): Chroma
    177 votes
  • "The Boys of Summer" By The Ataris
    Video: YouTube

    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.

    • Album(s): So Long, Astoria
    275 votes