Top 10 Best Emo Bands

The Top Ten
1 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance is an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013, and again from 2019 to present day. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

My Chemical Romance has always been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to Killjoys and listeners everywhere. They have helped many teens and troubled minds overcome suicidal conditions and face the world with their music. As a teen myself, I have my own pains, struggles, and issues to deal with. My Chemical Romance makes these challenges bearable and has helped me get back on my feet countless times. I am thankful for that. Even though they have separated and broken up, they have left a legacy - an unforgettable one. They made history. Their fandom is still alive to this day, alive and still rocking it. The Black Parade isn't dead because Killjoys never die.

Seeing My Chemical Romance ranked first makes me glad that they're getting the credit they deserve. They still deserve more, though. My Chemical Romance is the reason I am alive to write this comment. They were there to fill in the silence during my sleepless nights. They distracted me from the blade. They told me that I'm not alone, and that people are going through this too. We need to "carry on" and "keep on living" to help all the other "fabulous killjoys" get through this together.

They also showed me that even someone perfect can be insecure and depressed. They were there to help me, to help us, live. My Chemical Romance is amazing.

2 Black Veil Brides 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.
In the beginning of their career, the band was heavily associated with the emo subculture, and had strong metalcore, screamo and alternative influences, however got more metal oriented over the... read more

They're my inspiration, and listening to them helped me when I was going through a dark period. Their lyrics send shivers down my spine in the best way possible. Especially Carolyn, The Mortician's Daughter, and Lost It All. Then there are the fun songs like Rebel Love Song, In the End, Fallen Angels, and Days Are Numbered. Anyway, they're my favorite band, and I highly recommend listening to them.

If you listen to the lyrics of any BVB song, you will hear a sonnet from the gods. The band in general is much better looking than My Chemical Romance. Just look at the main singers. Yes, I am, in fact, fans of both BVB and My Chemical Romance. However, Andy Biersack is 5.9 infinities better looking than Gerard Way. I will give Gerard credit. He has god-given vocals that need to be shared with the world. But Andy is an angel that was sent from the gods to bring everyone happiness and to make your inner thigh quiver when you see his face.

3 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop punk 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.

Fall Out Boy receives a fair amount of criticism, but they still impress me. As someone else mentioned, they have the power to instantly change your mood depending on the song you choose. I find that Fall Out Boy songs improve with repeated listening, allowing you to pick up on the background beats and appreciate them fully. Their lyrics are generally good and not a point of concern. Admittedly, Patrick's singing can sometimes be hard to decipher, but it's mostly decent.

They should really be number one. Fall Out Boy pioneered emo. Listen to lyrics from some of their songs like "Hearts and Wrists Intact" or "A note on my wrist that says do not open before Christmas." They made emo mainstream. I have nothing against My Chemical Romance, but they aren't really that emo. They are more alternative, though. At least you have Black Veil Brides on the list!

Fall Out Boy plays a very important role in my life. They can improve my mood or even simply enhance it. I remember being in my car and blasting Sugar, We're Goin Down and Dance, Dance. They are a highly influential band and excel at what they do. Many people rank them lower on their lists, but they are and always will be my #1.

4 Panic! At The Disco Panic! at the Disco was 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.

Panic! At The Disco has been creating music since 2006. Many of their great songs weren't considered "mainstream," and as a result, they didn't receive much publicity. Every album is different and keeps us on our toes. Some of their best songs include "Nine in the Afternoon," "The Ballad of Mona Lisa," "This Is Gospel," "Girls/Girls/Boys," "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage," "That Green Gentleman," "Miss Jackson," and what is considered their most successful song, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."

Most definitely, emo is a subgenre of alternative music. Alternative includes grunge, pop punk, indie, and yes, emo. Stop coming on here and spreading more lies, telling people that they're not emo, Barry. They most definitely are emo. While they may not have the typical high-distorted guitars with semi-screaming lyrics, their lyrics, aesthetic, and appeal fit the definition of emo.

Emo has evolved over the years. What is considered hard rock today would have been labeled metal in the '70s. Everyone but you knows Panic! At The Disco. Get out of your ego and just accept when you are wrong. Their earlier stuff is more emo than their newer albums, but that doesn't mean they aren't emo anymore. Get your facts straight.

5 Falling In Reverse Falling in Reverse is an American post hardcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2008, signed to Epitaph Records. The current members include the former Escape The Fate singer Ronnie Radke, Max Georgiev, Christian Thompson and bassist Wes Horton III. Former members of the band include Derek Jones (1984 - 2020), Ryan Seaman, Ron Ficarro, Max Green, and Jacky Vincent.

I LOVE Falling in Reverse! They are the best band ever, and I am not emo. But I was surprised that this band really spoke to me. It's awesome because my best friend, who is emo, showed me this band. The funny thing is, everyone judges and doesn't like people for who they truly are. You just have to look beyond the looks. That's why I love this band. It truly has a heartfelt meaning to it.

If everyone would take a listen to this band, I'd be very grateful. They are like the second-greatest band to My Chemical Romance in my mind. They don't seem to be getting the recognition they deserve. Yes, Escape the Fate was a good band started by Ronnie Radke, but they're nothing without him.

The best band live and in the studio out there today is Falling In Reverse. Next time FIR is in your town, go check them out. Ronnie Radke's stage presence is epic, and his ability to write songs over catchy rhythms makes him today's best in the business.

But it's not just Radke. The entire band, from Jacky the Axe Man Vincent on lead guitars, to Ryan Seaman and Ron Ficcaro on drums and bass, and Derek Jones screaming and playing guitar, is an underrated must-see group. Check them out, FIR real.
Pj Bailey

6 Paramore 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.

Paramore is amazing! Although I only know the lead singer's name and am not part of their fandom, I have heard a lot of their songs. The instrumentals are pure and amazing. However, like many good bands, they have flaws.

- Hayley Williams' voice is good, but it isn't natural. It's stressed and forced. The only time I've heard it sound natural is in part of The Only Exception, which is probably their best song.
- They are not really emo. They are pop-punk. Some of their slower songs are considered emo, but not all slow songs are emo. The slow songs have an emo tempo and somewhat emo instrumentals, but they aren't lyrically emo.

In conclusion, Paramore is a great band but has room for improvement. They will never be perfect, though, because nothing is perfect.

This band is so amazing, I can't even describe it. Hayley Williams' vocals are THE BEST. Jeremy Davis and Taylor York are geniuses! Their lyrics are absolutely brilliant! There is a Paramore song for every emotion, thought, or feeling I have ever had. Their songs and lyrics have helped me through so many things in the past. That is why Paramore remains my favorite band and will be forever.

7 Jimmy Eat World Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band from Mesa, Arizona, that formed in 1993. The band is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind.

I love that this is the only real emo band on this list. It's a major fail, but oh well. They're all good bands. Especially My Chemical Romance and Escape the Fate - they're amazing. They may not be emo, but they're amazing nevertheless.

As for this band, it's unquestionably the best emo band on the list, as I've previously mentioned. Again, haha.

Let's be real: in a perfect world, Jimmy Eat World would be number one. While I don't want to undermine the success of bands like My Chemical Romance or Fall Out Boy, they have shifted more towards pop vibes, unlike many other bands on this list. Jimmy Eat World, on the other hand, has stayed true to their roots.

Why is this ranked at 13? This band is more "emo" than all the rest. They are my second favorite band, right after My Chemical Romance. However, My Chemical Romance isn't that emo. Some of their songs are, but most aren't, especially their later albums. This band should be ranked first.

8 Escape the Fate 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.

This band is simply amazing, and no one should argue with that. They have depth and they blow my mind whenever I listen to them. Monte Money has become an incredible guitarist compared to his playing in past years. They deserve a higher rank than this, so vote for them!

Escape the Fate rocks hard. Listen to The Flood and Won't Back Down. These are two seriously cool songs by a seriously cool band. Please uprate them. They deserve a higher spot than this!

Because they're soft but can rock the hell out of you. I had never heard of the band until I was looking things up on YouTube and found them. My favorite song is You're So Beautiful!

9 Pierce the Veil 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 one of the best bands out there, and the fact that not a lot of people have actually listened to them is honestly really annoying. Personally, I think everyone should listen to at least a few of their songs! While listening to their music, you can easily connect to the lyrics and just let yourself go. Pierce the Veil has saved my life and led me down a new path. Their music is always there when I need something to connect to!

I'm not exaggerating when I say Pierce the Veil has saved many people's lives, including mine. Their lyrics are so deep and easy to connect to! It doesn't hurt that they're all really hot ;) But seriously, they are my favorite band, and I wish I had found them sooner. I listen to them every day and think more people should too.

Going back to the whole "life-saving" part, there was one day when I felt terrible and was crying. I was listening to "Tangled in the Great Escape," put my knife down, and have been clean since that day. Because of that, here I am. I love this band so much and think they should have a much higher ranking.

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

30 Seconds to Mars and My Chemical Romance are my favorite bands ever! 30 Seconds to Mars deserves to be at the very top, along with My Chemical Romance. The lyrics are unique and beautiful, and Jared Leto's voice is! Let's not forget about the music, which is also absolutely brilliant. While I wouldn't say they are emo, they do touch on this genre in some of their songs.

30 Seconds to Mars is a band that has sold over 10 million records worldwide. They hold a Guinness Record for the most live shows during one album cycle and have enjoyed sold-out tours and numerous headlining festivals. The band has received 81 awards, including MTV awards for the videos The Kill, Kings and Queens, and Up in the Air, all directed by frontman Jared Leto himself. With originality and energy, they are by far the best band compared to all those mentioned above and below in this list.

They deserve the number one spot. In my opinion, 30 Seconds to Mars is better than any other band in the world. Jared has the most unique voice, and their music doesn't fit into any single genre. Their older albums are even better than their new one, but they're all great. I can't wait for their comeback! Echelon forever and always!

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The Contenders
11 Sunny Day Real Estate

This is sad - not because it's emo - but because there are only about six emo bands on here: Sunny Day Real Estate, Rites of Spring, American Football, Texas Is the Reason, Mineral, and early Jimmy Eat World. The rest are not emotive hardcore/post-hardcore but instead a bunch of half-decent pop/punk Fueled by Ramen bands that are simply mislabeled. They have very little in common with any actual emo bands. Honestly, listen to the six bands I mentioned and become well-versed in the genre before voting. That isn't to say you will enjoy it more than the pop/punk bands. Some of those bands range from decent to great according to some people. However, you should be able to tell they should not be lumped into the same genre.

I've now lost faith in humanity. The highest-ranking emo band on this list is in 12th place, and it isn't even Sunny Day Real Estate or, at least, The Get Up Kids. It's Jimmy Eat World. They only have three (arguably four) emo albums out of their discography of 10 albums. I'm not saying JEW is bad. In fact, it should be ranked in the top ten. However, SDRE deserves to be at least in the top three, along with The Get Up Kids and American Football.

12 Sleeping With Sirens Sleeping with Sirens is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band currently consists of Kellin Quinn, Gabe Barham, Jack Fowler, Nick Martin, and Justin Hills.

I'm currently listening to this band, and I love it so much. It has been my favorite band for a while, and I don't regret finding it. The lyrics are absolutely amazing. They talk about topics other than what the regular public listens to, and I personally think Kellin's vocals are some of the best I've ever heard. I also think Gabe is an amazing drummer, and everything is just overall perfect in this band.


They were one of my first post-hardcore favorites! It's really interesting and cool to hear falsetto vocals instead of the norm. I like how they try to bring in the acoustic audience with some of their work while maintaining the alternative audience. Their lyrics are so beautiful that when I first heard "If I'm James Dean, Then You're Audrey Hepburn," I cried. They are just all-around awesome.

They're an amazing band, but I don't think emo when I think of their band. I think, Wow! What amazing voices and feelings they have in their songs. I personally like bands above this, but it is an amazing band.

13 Hawthorne Heights Hawthorne Heights is an American rock band formed in Dayton, Ohio, in 2001. They are often associated with the emo and post-hardcore genres, gaining prominence in the early 2000s with their debut album "The Silence in Black and White." The band is known for their emotional lyrical content and the dual vocal setup featuring both clean and screamed vocals. Hawthorne Heights has continued to maintain... read more

The melodic emo-pop slowly invaded rock radios everywhere in the nation. The few that made it (and stayed) on the radio are the better-known bands such as My Chemical Romance. You can keep getting your music spoon-fed to you on the radio and television. Great music like Hawthorne Heights requires some searching to be found.

Incredible band.

Hawthorne Heights, Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, The Used, Matchbook Romance, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jimmy Eat World, Embrace, and Rites of Spring deserve to be at the top of this list. Not those stupid poser bands.

Hawthorne Heights is THE emo band. No one can say they are not top 5. Ohio Is for Lovers, the album Zero - all of it is the true story of emo. Their songs are life-saving.

14 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore 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 James; both were on bass. They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career... read more

Bullet For My Valentine is sort of an emo band, but that's a bit of a stretch, really. They're actually Metalcore, which is essentially if all the punk aspects of emo were replaced with metal aspects. The genre is very closely associated with emo, and followers of emo music tend to also listen to Metalcore. One of my favorite songs is Tears Don't Fall pt. 1!

Favorite band in the whole world. I would say you need to at least respect them enough to put them in at least 2nd or 3rd place. These guys have been inspirational to me. So much of my life has revolved around them. Bullet may not be so much an emo band, but they still have to be the most amazing band out there.

Bullet for My Valentine is the best band ever. If you haven't heard them, then you haven't lived. Matt Tuck has the best voice ever, and their guitar riffs are flawless. Their music gives you a sense of hope and makes you feel good. I personally love this band.

15 American Football

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

Literally, all the top 10 right now are scene bands. Get some real emo. Listen to American Football, Cap'N Jazz, or The Getup Kids. Widen your horizons beyond the mainstream, like Black Veil Brides, and find the legitimately talented bands out there. Also, please don't label your scenecore as emo.

16 Asking Alexandria 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 Cameron Liddell. Lancaster and Binns later departed from the band in 2009 with Lancaster joining heavy... read more

This band is insanely good. In 2009, they released the album "Stand Up and Scream," which is just amazing. In 2011, the album "Reckless and Relentless" was released. It wasn't as good as the first one, but in my opinion, it's still the second-best album ever made. In 2013, they released another gorgeous album named "From Death to Destiny." Unfortunately, the singer Danny Worsnop had shifted their style to something a bit more hard rock at this point, so the album fell a little behind the other ones. (Remember that everything I say is still just my opinion.)

In 2015, Danny Worsnop left the band. While I can't disagree with his decision since he didn't have his heart in the band anymore, it initially seemed like the worst thing that could happen. But it was the complete opposite! The young singer Denis Stoff joined the band, and I think Denis is just what AA needed. Denis, with his high screams and abundant energy, successfully brought AA back to the glory days of "Stand Up and Scream," giving the band a kickstart you would never be able to imagine!

17 All Time Low 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.

I've been listening to ATL since I was 14. I can honestly say that I've never met another band more dedicated to their fans. These four boys not only make amazing music but also completely have my heart.

I love them so much. I've seen them live. I don't care what people say. They are one of my favorite bands. My favorite song has to be Therapy because it's just so amazing and emotional. Plus, Jack is my spirit animal.

I started listening to All Time Low six years ago, and I can definitely say that these boys have taken over my life. I love this band so much.

18 Dashboard Confessional

One of the best yet underrated emo bands out there is Dashboard Confessional. Some bands I grew up with slowly transitioned into pop punk or punk rock, but Dashboard has remained true to the scene. Chris Carrabba's vocals are incredibly emotional and resonate with me every time I hear them. Songs like "Remember to Breathe," "Turpentine Chaser," "Hands Down," and "Vindicated" are especially impactful.

His vocals are often accompanied by either an acoustic guitar or a full band. Carrabba has stated in interviews that the songs he creates are "outlets" for his sadness. This emotional authenticity gives the songs their power. In my opinion, Chris' acoustic versions of his songs feel even more raw and are brimming with emotion. Dashboard Confessional is one of those bands that not many people listen to, but their music is truly great.

Who doesn't love this band? Those of us who grew up with them absolutely adore them. They perform with such emotion that their songs become timeless classics. You can listen to them repeatedly, and each time they evoke special memories.

19 Brand New Brand New was an American rock band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 2000, the band consisted of Jesse Lacey, Vincent Accardi, Garrett Tierney, and Brian Lane; they were joined by Benjamin Homola for their live performances.

Yeah, this list is absolute crap. Brand New is not only one of the best emo bands, but one of the best ever, in my opinion. I can't stand when people who don't realize what emo music actually is come on here and vote up stuff that's not even close to emo., I officially give up on you.

This is more emo than any other band on this list. Listen to The Devil and God or Deja Entendu, legendary albums by a great emo rock band.

This is completely wrong. The greatest emo bands are Brand New and Sunny Day Real Estate, period.

20 The Used The Used is an American rock band formed in Orem, Utah, in 2001. The group consists of vocalist Bert McCracken, bassist Jeph Howard, drummer Dan Whitesides, and guitarist Joey Bradford.

The Used is definitely the best emo band I know of. It's a close call between The Used and My Chemical Romance. My favorite song is probably either I Caught Fire or Find Away.

The best band... ever. I found out about these guys a few years ago, and I can still listen to their music over and over again. Look these guys up.

Screamo kings! Unmatched musical arrangements and vocal delivery. It's hard to pick a top track. They have a song for every dysfunction.

21 Evanescence Evanescence is an American alternative rock/alternative metal band. It was founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Evanescence is the best band I've ever listened to. The songs are so deep and meaningful that they are perfect. Songs like Hello and My Last Breath exemplify what perfection means. Amy Lee's voice just matches the lyrics in every song. It's her that makes every song sound so unique and artistic.

I was looking for Evanescence to be under My Chemical Romance, or at least to be in the top 5, not the top 20! I've liked Evanescence for 13 years now. Amy Lee has just gotten more and more amazing. No other band has had this much emotional impact on me. This pisses me off.

I think Evanescence should be higher on the list, though. Their sound is unique, Amy Lee's voice is beautiful and haunting, and I like how they incorporate classical piano with their rock sound. "Tourniquet" is my all-time favorite song by them, and they are awesome. I didn't expect to see them on the list, but now I'm happy, so yay!

22 Funeral for a Friend

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

23 Mineral

How is this so low, especially next to so many bands that aren't in the genre? This is one of my all-time favorites. The only explanation is that people haven't heard of them. If you are still reading this and you are interested in learning about the band or just the emo genre in general, I cannot recommend enough that you listen to their song "Parking Lot."

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 ones like The Promise Ring? Not even any love for Jejune?

Proof that the word emo has changed meanings to the point that it is no longer recognizable to its roots. Compare this to an actual emo band like My Chemical Romance, and it truly is sad to see such a great genre die to the likes of pop punk and screamo.

24 Twenty One Pilots 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 percussion). Former members include Nick Thomas (guitar, bass, piano and keyboards) and Chris Salih... read more

Their music is so original, and the lead singer, Tyler Joseph, is AMAZING. The rapping is on point, and I personally think they should be in the TOP 5. I mean, Josh Dun is one of the best drummers out there, and EVERYONE should know their name. I am the only kid in my class who loves Twenty One Pilots, and in one of my classes, a kid asked me, "Why are they called Twenty One Pilots when there are only two people?" I literally got up and stormed away into the corner. My other friend asked, "What's a Blurryface?" and I was triggered at him for the rest of the day. Also, TOP is not emo. They're TOP. Everyone calls me emo, and yeah, they deserve way more credit.

Somebody said, "They aren't emo. They're alternative rock." Have you ever realized that emo isn't a genre of music? Alternative Rock is, but emo isn't. And besides, most emo bands ARE alternative rock. AND, emo is short for emotional. Have you listened to their pre-Blurryface songs? I'm guessing no because you said, "They aren't emo. They're alternative rock," but those songs are pretty emotional!

25 The 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.

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