Bands That Are Called "Emo" But Are Not

Any real emo fan knows that these bands simply are NOT EMO!

The Top Ten

1 My Chemical Romance (Post-Hardcore/Pop-Punk)

I am very confused. They said they are emo but they also said they are not emo. I like them either way.

Band: *plays alt, pop-punk, or post-hardcore with some emotionally depressive lyrics*
Emos: It's free real estate - yungstirjoey666

My Chemical Romance isn't an emo band, I do listen to emo bands and My Chemical Romance is definitely not emo, this is the best band I have ever listened to, and they do have a lot of emo fans (like me)

True, actually, they even said that they aren't. Started insulting emo actually, but still my life, not going to lie.

2 Black Veil Brides (Glam Metal) Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. more.

Knives and Pens was kind of emo; when they ditched their metalcore phase they become more glam metal - yungstirjoey666

They're only called emo because they wear a lot of black. - ThatStrangeKid42

I think that they are emo because of their songs

Leave Andy alone...emo is more than just the way the music sounds. It's the message it sends to your heart. It inspires you to feel, to keep going, to be stronger, that you are not nothing. Everyone has their own band that helps them. Don't argue about it, embrace it. ❤

3 Asking Alexandria (Metalcore) Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist more.

Not emo, not even screamo. Just because they scream, doesn't mean they're a screamo band. - ThatStrangeKid42

4 Breaking Benjamin (Alternative Metal/Post Grunge) Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). more.
5 Fall Out Boy (Pop-Punk) Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

FOB are my favourite band ever but they are not emo! I couldn't believe it when I first heard someone call them emo! They are pop-punk/pop-rock NOT emo!

They are mainstream not Emo

Too pop-ish to be emo. - ThatStrangeKid42

Well i’m a fan of them and I can say that they are not emo. I think they’re more like punk

6 Three Days Grace (Post-Grunge/Alt-Metal)

They're not emo. They never claimed to be emo. They're alternative metal/post-grunge.

"Pain" is kinda poser-emo. That's it. - ThatStrangeKid42

Wait, they are concerned to be emo? what...

7 Bring Me The Horizon (Deathcore/Metalcore) Bring Me the Horizon is 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 more.

Right, people call them emo because of the stupid fanbase made of scene and emo kids.

Stop hating on people who try to help others. Being suicidal isn't cowardly, making someone feel so bad that they want to die, that's cowardly.

FYI, these guys started off as a deathcore band. That's the furthest you can get from emo. - ThatStrangeKid42

8 Green Day (Punk Rock) Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative more.

Since 'American Idiot' came out, everyone seems to think Green Day are emo, purely because Billie Joe started to wear eyeliner more often. Green day are NOT emo, Green Day are punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock.

Just because Billie wears eyeliner, it doesn't mean they're emo.

It's because of Billie wearing eyeliner, isn't it? - Misfire

I've NEVER heard ANYONE calling them emo... - Mesel

9 Panic! At The Disco (Pop Punk) Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

Love 'em, but they are definitely not emo!

They attract an emo fanbase, but are not emo in any way. - yungstirjoey666

Yeah, I laughed too when people said they were emo. what? They're electronic rock, you dumbs hits!

Amazing but not emo

10 30 Seconds To Mars (Alternative Rock) Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band currently consists of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.

Huh. I had no idea people considered 30 Seconds To Mars emo. You learn something new everyday.

The Contenders

11 Hollywood Undead (Rap Rock/Metal) Hollywood 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 more.

They can have emo songs related to dark themes, but they are not emo.

They are a great band and they have a lot of emotional songs but they are not emo

I love Hollywood Undead, but they are not emo.

They are not emo... But their AMAZING!

12 A Day To Remember (Metalcore) A Day to Remember (often abbreviated ADTR) is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida, founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denney and drummer Bobby Scruggs. They are known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk. The band currently consists of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, rhythm guitarist more.

Um... These guys write happy songs. - ThatStrangeKid42

13 Linkin Park (Rap Rock/Nu Metal)

Edgy and emo are two different things
And I wouldn't consider them nu metal either
More like electronic rap rock, maybe a little hardcore punk - yungstirjoey666

14 Paramore (Pop-Punk) Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and drummer Zac Farro.

Yeah, yeah, Hayley's hair... So what? - ThatStrangeKid42

Who tf said Paramore was emo?

15 Suicide Silence (Deathcore) Suicide 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.

I get why metalheads dismiss core as metal, but SS is not even close to emo. In fact, their songs are basically more anti-emo. - yungstirjoey666

Mitch Lucker himself said he hated emo kids and thought they "ruined metal". Mitch was a true metalhead. Not an emo. - ThatStrangeKid42

They are metal

16 Escape the Fate (Post-Hardcore) Escape the Fate is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2005 and originally from Pahrump, Nevada. They are signed to Eleven Seven Music.

Do you REALLY think Ronnie Radke OR Craig Mabbit is emo? Come on, people. - ThatStrangeKid42

Damn I love this band but I still don't get it what is emo about it?
I mean metalcore it's about a fusion between metal and punk
But I can agree that they scream a little too much
But I like it! :D
Also I don't have any clue about the first album with roonie but I thought that one was emo but whatever
I still love etf and listen to this war is ours
It's definitely metalcore and not emo - Idiot244

17 Switchfoot (Alternative Rock) Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band plays as a quintet.

How the hell is this band emo?! It's definitely Christian Alternative Rock - Soulstealer

18 Twenty-One Pilots (Alternative Hip Hop)

They're not emo, they have many different genres and deep lyrics

A lot of emo kids listen to them but it doesn't mean that they are - inamate

They're trap and pop for those people claiming "they fit no genre they're too unique"

They are more pop actually

19 Slipknot (Metal) Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

Edgy, not emo - yungstirjoey666

20 Skillet (Alternative Rock) Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
21 Melanie Martinez (Pop) Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.

Anyone who thinks she is emo is delusional. If you think she's emo, you LITERALLY need to get tested by a psychiatrist.

I love her but seriously she is pop

She is a great singer but not emo, definitely not

She dyed her hair and now she's emo? Like what

22 Avenged Sevenfold (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

They did wear eyeliner and black in their early days, but that's not even close to emo. - yungstirjoey666

23 Nirvana (Grunge/Alternative Rock)

If people really think this band is emo, they really need to educate themselves. - Soulstealer

24 Limp Bizkit (Nu-Metal, Rap Metal) Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

They're not even close to Emo.

What who even said they were emo? - The01Bro

25 Blood on the Dance Floor (Crunkcore) Blood on the Dance Floor is an American scene duo currently consisting of Dahvie Vanity and Fallon Vendetta that formed in 2006. Former members include Jayy von Monroe (2009-2016) and Garrett Ecstasy (2009). All of them provided vocals to the project. more.

They may not be emo, but they still suck anyway.

Calling them Emo is an insult to Emo

26 Weezer (Alternative Rock) Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner.

I don't know what the guy above is thinking, but it's a common misconception that emo is pop-punk. Two different roots. Now the two do share influences, both being "punk" genres, but that's it. Emo is more closer related to post-hardcore than pop-punk.

Nobody says that weezer is emo, but they are often considered emo if you look it up. I think '90's emo is what is normally considered pop punk, such as Jimmy eat World and Kings of Leon.

27 Senses Fail (Post-Hardcore)
28 Twenty One Pilots (Pop Rock) Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that is originally from Columbus, Ohio, who are best known for their songs "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". Currently there are two members, Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, ukulele, bass and guitar) and Josh Dun (drums and more.
29 Marilyn Manson (Industrial Rock/Shock Rock)

Not emo, not goth, not even metal. MM is industrial, and he does a good job on that. - yungstirjoey666

Lol they're called emo?

30 Sleeping with Sirens (Post-Hardcore)
31 Papa Roach (Nu Metal) Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.
32 Good Charlotte (Pop-Punk)

Honestly everyone I know classifies all pop-punk artists as emo

33 Pierce the Veil (Post Hardcore) Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the band was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes after the disbandment of the group Before Today, which was formed out of the San Diego punk rock scene.

Pierce The Veil is an American Post-Hardcore formed in San Diego in 2006

34 All Time Low (Alternative) All Time Low is an American pop punk band from Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, formed in 2003. The band currently consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Gaskarth, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Jack Barakat, bassist and backing vocalist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson. more.
35 I See Stars (Electronicore) I See Stars is an American rock band that formed in 2006 based in Warren, Michigan. The band currently consists of vocalist Devin Oliver, guitarist Brent Allen, keyboardist and vocalist Andrew Oliver, and bass guitarist Jeff Valentine.
36 Falling In Reverse (Post-Hardcore)
37 The Smiths (Alternative Rock/Post Punk) The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.
38 The Smashing Pumpkins (Alternative Rock) The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation. They are also considered to be one of the most influential alternative more.

It's unfortunate that some people think this is emo. - Soulstealer

39 Evanescence (Alt Rock/Alt Metal/Goth Rock) Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Not goth, but definitely not emo either. They're just alt, maybe a little pop-rock. - yungstirjoey666

40 Metallica (Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock)

I doubt that anyone calls Metallica emo (thankfully), but anyone who calls them that needs to double check. Or is probably just an extreme Megadeth fanboy who hates on Metallica just because. Or maybe since Kirk and Lars wore eyeliner back in the 90s. - yungstirjoey666

41 Blink-182 (Pop Punk)

I'm honestly surprised this band wasn't on the list already. - Soulstealer

42 Bullet for My Valentine (Metalcore) Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason more.
43 Nine Inch Nails (Industrial Rock/Metal/Alternative) Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

Only idiots would called this dark band "Emo". - Soulstealer

44 Alice in Chains (Grunge/Alternative Metal/Rock) Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Just in case some ignorant people call this Emo they could just check the genres. - Soulstealer

45 Nickelback (Post-Grunge)
46 Disturbed (Heavy Metal) Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .
47 Cannibal Corpse (Brutal Death Metal)
48 The Cure (Post-Punk/Alternative/Gothic Rock)

I added this because some person added them on the greatest emo bands ever. - Soulstealer

49 Owl City (Indie Electro-Pop)
50 Dragonforce (Power Metal)
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