The Ten Greatest Emo Bands

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21Brand New

This is utterly wrong. The greatest emo bands are Brand New and Sunny Day Real Estate, and that's that!

Between this and Sunny Day Real Estate really.

99% of this list is radio commercialised shallow throwaway crap anyways

One of the most heart touching bands I've come upon, truly artists in their most genuine form.

I love them! Their songs hit you right in the feels.

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22Texas Is the Reason

Texas is the reason is one of the best bands on this list. Some of the others really shouldn't even be considered emo. I consider The band itself to be more post-hardcore, but regardless... Should be higher up.

Sadly, I agree with "Texas is the reason is one of the best bands on this list. Some of the others really shouldn't even be considered emo. I consider The band itself to be more post-hardcore, but regardless... Should be higher up."

Not considered emo by many "emo-experts" but still more emo that most of anything on this garbage list.

Wow. The rare ACTUAL emo band. List is utter garbage

23Tokio HotelTokio Hotel are a pop rock band from Magdeburg, Germany, consisting of Bill Kaulitz (singer), Tom Kaulitz (guitar), Gustav Schäfer (drums) and Georg Listing (keyboards, bass). In 2005, they started off as a hugely successful and trendsetting teen pop band in their home country with their debut album ...read more.

You wouldn't guess the impact Tokio Hotel had in their home country back in the '00s... they sang what millions of adolescents felt at that time. Their style was new to German mainstream, youth culture was devided into rap or pop, while their emo style was androgynous and fresh. People who didn't fit the stereotypes had something they could relate to. Their success didn't last that long but it was huge. Unfortunately, being teenagers didn't help them being taken seriously by German critics...

Love this band their songs are so amazing! Love each and everyone of them with respect. Bill kaulitz voice cannot be describe its like a angel!

tokio hotel is the best band I've ever seen. their style, songs lyrics... woo! everything is so awesome... bill kaulitz is fabulous...

I've only ever heard monsoon but I liked that song so...

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24Dashboard Confessional

dashboard confessional is the #1 band on my iPod along with AFI(a fire inside)

their songs are so touching, make me cry sometimes.

Who doesn't love this band, those of us who grew up with them love them. They sing with such emotion and are the songs you can sit and listen to over and over and every time you hear them they spark that memory

Their songs have meaningful lyrics, but are soft enough for parents to listen to

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25Blood On the Dance FloorBlood on the Dance Floor was an American crunkcore group that last consisted of multi-instrumentalist, singer and rapper Dahvie Vanity and singer and rapper Jayy von Monroe, that formed in 2007 in Florida and disbanded in 2016 . ...read more.

Welp, here goes.

Their songs, yes, are explicit at times. But if you have a problem with it, don't listen. God. They have other songs as well that DO NOT cuss. Just so you know. It takes talent to do as well as they do, and their lives shows are AMAZING for those of you who say all they are is autotuned.

NOW.

Get your ass on here and vote.

Favorite band EVER! I don't care if you like them or not there are amazing and I love them! They have songs about sex yes but they are amazing. They have songs that give people confidence and help them. So... Yeah AMAZING
Love you Jayy Von Monroe and Dahvie Vanity3

Blood On The Dance Floor is a good band! Yeah so what they like sex and drugs also wear makeup, with some dirty songs and some heart lovin songs. That help you out a lot. They are humans to and have feelings with all the rumors but they are a really good band to jam out to!

I love them they're the best ever

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26American Football

What the...people are really stupid and don't know the meaning of 'emo.' Emo is a 90's genre and most of these bands only came out in 2005 when emo was already dead. This band, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Get Up Kids, early Jimmy Eat World, Braid, Jawbreaker, At The Drive-In, The Promise Ring, Texas Is The Reason etc are emo. Not My Chemical Romance and suicide silence you idiots. Some bands, granted, are newer and can be classed as emo; Brand New, The Hotelier, Foxing etc. This list is embarassing. American Football made the most legendary emo album of all time. The only made one with 9 tracks and it defined the genre. You kids need to go back to school. Rant over.

Never Meant is an amazing song on a game changing album

Should be number 1 probably the best band on the list.

Awesome band needs to be way higher

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27Bring Me the HorizonBring Me the Horizon are a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.

There are my favourite band ever! They ' kick ass.
I listen to them when I'm sad and when I'm happy.
Their saddest song is 'don't go', its very touching

You are crazy this band is amazing ; they should be number 4 for me, Oli has an amazing voice. The best song is shadow moses or suicide season, vote for them AND GO CHECK THEM OUT THEY ARE BRILLIANT. VOTE VOTE VOTE!... BEST BAND!

They are my favorite band and I can't even explain how lovely they are and how the brighten up my days a lot. The greatest part (Which most people complain about) is they're changing of genre, because not most bands can do so.

Amazing band, should be at the top of the list.

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28Funeral for a Friend

I love the sound of Funeral For A Friend so much! The guitars, the drums, everything. The first couple albums are totally ripping!

Well, I don't really think that FFAF is emo, but they're definitely good! My personal favorites are Roses for the Dead and The Diary. I just think that they have a good meaning, and I lvoe what they write their songs about. Oh, and My Chemical Romance isn't emo... ^. ^ Just thought I'd say that... They hate being called emo. I'm not sure if Panic! Or Green Day should be on here either...

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29Scary Kids Scaring Kids

I love scary kids scaring kids, their songs are heartfelt with tons of meaning and the singers voice is immaculate.

Best band out of Arizona, would be ranked higher, if Tyson Stevens were still alive.

Never heard of em. I'm going to start listening though, they sound awesome!

Haha they aren't good at singing at all I don't like them...

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30Silverstein

I can't get their music out of my head.. I think they are the best band in town. so much cool!

In my opinion They're best band after Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional. My favorite song by their is "My Heroine" and "My Disaster".

My favorite one. "Your Sword vs. My Dagger" is the greatest emo song I ever heard. "Defend You" is pretty good, too. - Joekool67

They are really cool and I like their vintage sound. They remind me of Mayday Parade and they are really good.

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31Motionless In White

Love Motionless in White. They are pretty amazing. Seriously go check out some of their music.

Their songs have so much meaning behind them

I love Chris and the band I especially love their song Abgail and upon this dawning

Vinny is an amazing drummer

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32Suicide SilenceSuicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the band has released four full-length studio albums, one EP and eleven music videos.

Best band ever. It should be up a little more. Some of these band are horrible. I love the song You only live once, its one of my all time favorite song, it in my top twenty for sure.

Not an emo band but still basically the only good band in this list. The fact that Blood on The Dancefloor is higher is just shameful

R.I.P. mitch lucker my brother got me Into this band and I fell in love right when he played you only live once

I love this band. I always have wake up in my head at school.

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33Mineral

Sad, I've counted a total of five emo bands on this list (Sunny day real estate, early Jimmy eat world, Rites of spring, and American foot ball). this is the reason why ignorance is the downfall of democracy, and people need to educate themselves about what they are voting for. I'm guessing most of this sites voting population have never even heard an actual emo band before.

Seriously, I couldn't agree more. how the hell did mineral end up at 76, well below such non-emo bands like escape the fate and black veil brides? Where are bands like rainer maria? Or still life? How about boys life? Maybe christie front drive? Or even elliott? Or the obvious like the promise ring? Not even any love for Jejune?

The fact that Mineral is this low on the list shows that this is nothing more than a popularity contest. Most of the bands on the list aren't even emo.

But not quite

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34Cap'n Jazz

Obviously, people need to know what emo really is.
I looked at this list and most of the stuff here (Good God, since when did Fall Out Boy become emo, huh, trendies? )

Cap'n Jazz is a true emo band. Their lyrics may be childish, but they make sense. If you're not the hippie who claims to have listened to emo.

Because emo isn't supposed to sound like pop.

Cap'n Jazz is probably the only band that actually deserves to be on this list.

What none of these bands are emo. Cap'n jazz basically invented modern emo and are amazing

How the heck is this emo?

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35The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die

How are they not on this list? They're at the forefront of emo revival, and are definitely one of the best emo bands ever! Just listen to their song "Heartbeat In The Brain" or "Pictures Of A Tree That Doesn't Look Okay" to get an idea of what they're like. - zappyo29

36Blessthefall

Sounds like angels played their music, Beau's voice is so sweet it makes me feel warm, not emo just posthardcore but its great nonetheless... This list is fail

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37Hollywood UndeadHollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of ...read more.

This is the best band ever it should be higher up

Hella awesome band, more rock than emo though

Coolest band I have ever heard to!

Best band ever they should have a better rating

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38Vampires Everywhere!

I absolutly love this band they are amazing. They are very inspierational and Michael vampire is the sexyest guy in the world beside andy beirsack.

Absolutley love them! Should be at least top 20! Wow this list is shocking!

39Rites Of Spring

The first ""emo" bands that "emo" fans don't know about. They are great though.

A hardcore punk band that experimented with their sound, the founders of the genre.

Only emo band on the list... Seriously. Like, none of these are true emo. Where is At the Drive-In? They are like pioneers in the genre and their reuinion is the biggest news

How did people miss this band?

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40A Skylit Drive

A Skylit Drive is BEAST how could you people let it slip to 32nd and XO Skelton in an EPIC song how dare you guys let them down!

Yes quite.
They should be MUCH higher on the list though. They have a really badass metal sound and are really talented. They really should get more recognition.

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