Throwback Time - The Top 10 Best Emo Songs Ever!
Posted on April 07 2019
Remember the dark days of the 00's when you couldn't see past your jet black flippy fringe? Yeah that's right - those were the days, and the music was a huge factor.
Emo is such an underrated sound when it comes to the music industry and some groups have even denied the label in relation to their music altogether. However, 'emo' isn't something to shy away from - it's symbolic of a specific sound that includes deep, confessional lyrics. This style of music produced a whole emo culture which included interests/events/fashion too.
We were all massive emo’s in the 2000’s. Whether you still rock those creepers or studded belt and chain, throw yourself back through time and enjoy this countdown the 10 best alternative songs of ALL TIME (mainly, the 2000's).
10. Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
I've started this list with an unforgettable gem. Released in 2001, this single made Jimmy Eat World rise to the top with their Bleed American album. After not doing fabulously well beforehand, this song really took their career to the next level - and that's why they've rightfully earned their place on my list. Also, who didn't LOVE the music video?
9. The Used - The Bird and the Worm
This track from The Used is so solemnly beautiful and builds tension right from the get-go. The lyric "he crawls like a worm from a bird" is so ominous and could be applied to any situation that causes paranoia, anxiety or fear. This is a common theme in The Used's music and resonates with many people's personal struggles. It's dark and haunting - the epitome of the emo sound.
8. Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Goin' Down
Sugar, We're Goin Down was the highlight of 2005, for sure. This song was Fall Out Boy's first top ten hit and sold millions of records. You can't say you don't sing along to this catchy catchy song whenever it plays. The music video is insane too! A long story between a human girl and a half man, half deer... along with her controlling father. It's crazy, but awesome. Anyway, who doesn't like a bit of crazy?
7. Miserable at Best - Mayday Parade
This iconic song can be found of Mayday Parade's 'A Lesson in Romantics' debut album and I'm sure it brings back memories for a lot of us.
The year was 2012, and I was front row crying my heart out. This is the ultimate heartbreak anthem - and I'm still living for it.
6. Paramore - Misery Business
This angsty anthem was shouted at my every emo teen in the 2000's. Upbeat, fiery and excitable was all that Paramore stood in the emo revolution. Hayley Williams became a fashion ICON. The orange and pink hair, the graphic tees and chunky boots were a must for any para-baby.
As you can see from the last two song titles, ‘misery’ was a key theme to feature in emo song lyrics. Partly because it fits with the whole moody and sad tone, and partly because of all that teen angst that they were trying to showcase.
5. Cute Is What We Aim For - The Curse of Curves
This band was thriving in 2007, having recorded three studio albums. The best lyric of this song is by far:
"I've got the gift of one liners, and you've got the curse of curves". This has got to be the ultimate catchy lyric you wish was written for/about you.
Shaant is hand down the most beautiful man to ever grace my TV screen and grab my heart too.
4. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Face Down
This song was the first single off of RJA’s album ‘Don’t You Fake It’ in 2006. Peaking at number 24, this catchy anthem has to have a place on this list. It’s not confirmed, but London’s greatest clubs Scala have a Friday night dedicate to post-hardcore/pop-punk and emo music. What is it called? Nothing other than Face Down!
3. AFI – Miss Murder
Miss Murder was released early due to masses of anticipation from dedicated fans.
Overall, AFI had a massive influence on the emo community, particularly the style. Not only was the music video for this track amazing dark and artistic their general style was something worthy of praise. The blacked out eyes, black fringes, ripped jeans and chains are all fallen symbols of the infamous early emo genre.
2. All American Rejects – Gives You Hell
Who doesn’t love this song? It’s impossible not to sing along to. This is their most recognizable and infamous song to date, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s catchy and angsty, speaking to millions of heartbroken souls everywhere.
1. My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade
MCR at the top of the list? Was you really expecting anything less. Although the band deny having anything to do with the emo movement, it cannot be doubted that they had an influence regardless. Personally, I believe they detached themselves purely because of the negative stigma surrounding the movement in the mid 2000’s. However, they nonetheless produced awe inspiring, heartfelt and painful songs and lyrics.
This song serves as an anthem for all emo kids and ex emo kids alike. We will never forget screaming this at the top of our lungs and believing in our bravery. Those iconic jackets will always be apart of us and our Halloween costumes.
And now we're at the end of TBR's countdown of the top ten emo songs ever. If you agree or disagree with any of our selection, we want to know about it! Don't hesitate to get in touch through our website, or social medias.