This is a list of notable musical artists associated with the music genre of emo. Emo is a style of rock music characterized by melodic musicianship and expressive, often confessional lyrics. It originated in the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement of Washington, D.C., where it was known as "emotional hardcore" or "emocore" and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace.
The Best Emo Bands. List Criteria: Only emo bands, no other punk derivative bands should be on here unless emo is their primary genre.
2005 WMG Directed by Marc Webb
My Chemical Romance is often included at the top of emo bands lists, but many fans of the genre argue that the band isn't actually emo.
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Emo is a genre with a checkered history, but the 10 best emo rock bands transcend the label as it stands today, having provided listeners with raw, emotional, punk-based music that hits the head and the heart. Emo, short for "emocore," began in Washington, DC in the mid-eighties as hardcore punk bands began to toy with melody and lyrics more based on relationships and emotions than politics and scene unity.
Music video by Jimmy Eat World performing Sweetness. (C) 2002 SKG Music L.L.C..
Jimmy Eat World helped bring emo to mainstream audiences in the early 2000s with their album Bleed American.
It's been more than 30 years since punk rock's confessional, diaristic, heart-on-sleeve offshoot "emo" came screaming from Washington, D.C., and around a decade since its commercial peak.
Emo has been a dirty word for as long as I can remember, at least since some wimps from this nation’s cold northern fringes snagged the descriptor from our capital city’s emotive hardcore bands and deflated it of machismo. In the popular consciousness, emo is known as the sound of sniveling weakness and self-obsession, of slashed-open hearts and shredded vocal cords, of unseemly LiveJournal screeds and shameless self-pity.
"Seven" by Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate was one of the first emo bands and helped establish the genre in the early 90s.