10 Best Emo Rock Bands - Made Man

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.

Jimmy Eat World - Sweetness

Music video by Jimmy Eat World performing Sweetness. (C) 2002 SKG Music L.L.C..

Cassie Muniz
Jimmy Eat World helped bring emo to mainstream audiences in the early 2000s with their album Bleed American.

12 Bands To Know From The Emo Revival - Stereogum

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.

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