Top Ten Teen Angst ArtistsMartin_Canine “Teen Angst” is a term used to summarize music whose lyrics and style, often also the artists’ looks, focus on emotional issues such as rejection, heartbreak, isolation, depression, paranoia, place in society, and more. Many of these feelings get most intense in teenage years, hence the origin of the term, but it’s not limited to that time. Depending on song and artist, the music may be told from a first person perspective and are cathartic in nature, or be addressed to a person suffering from said emotions, encouraging them to keep their head up, or both.
Teen Angst music is not bound to a specific genre. While usually associated with certain genres of rock music, it can pretty much occur in any genre. The most common ones are alternative rock, metalcore, grunge, nu-metal, post-hardcore, emocore, post-grunge, industrial, Hamburger Schule, trancecore, pop rock and indie rock, among others. Teen Angst music has been released to heavily differing critical and commercial reactions, but almost always have a very loyal following which often relates to the artist on a very personal level and devotes much of their lives to their fandom. Quite often, such bands are part of a certain subculture, scene or movement, but not always. While many of these started off as statement against the mainstream and a celebration of individuality, it happened more than once that they ended up becoming a widespread trend. Similar phenomenons have always been present in popular music (e.g. Rock’n’Roll in the 1950s), but when talking about Teen Angst music, people usually mean works from the 90s and newer.
Finally, some personal words. I know that I may not seem like the typical target audience, being slightly older, having wider interest and with a more differentiated view on… well, everything, but I really do love Teen Angst music extremely much. It’s mostly a typically American thing, and you can’t imagine how exciting such a wild and impulsive showcase of rough, cathartic and melodramatic feelings sounds to an Austrian, where music like this has barely been noticed. While German music does have a lot of music with a very emotive outfit it feels more planned out and the lyrics are more poetic and essay-like, barely straightforward (in the 90s, there was Hamburger Schule, which had many musical and visual similarities to the later American emo music, but it was more sophisticated and is mostly hailed by critics). I know that many Americans look down on several of these groups, and I guess that’s mostly because they have a very young audience that worships them in a god-like kind of way. But I feel that you should embrace to have such artists that can be a powerful outlet for tormenting feelings everyone has in their life, whether young or old.
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This Hamburger Schule band already had the American emo haircuts in the 90s, and their covers looked very hipster-ish, plus they wrote lyrics about teenage life, being different and emotional outlet. Funny thing: to this day, critics and sophisticated serious music lovers totally love this group to death. Like, in lists about the greatest German albums compiled by music journalists you have about five of their records somewhere in top positions. If you want to be seen as intellectual in music circles, just say you listen to them. But actually, they never had that much of a commercial success and the wide public doesn't really know them. That feels... kind of like a reversed stereotype for this kind if music. - Martin_Canine
Despite popular belief, they are actually visu, not emo. The group formed at an anime convention, but the huge success of Tokio Hotel made record labels interested in anything remotely resembling emo (including punk and pseudo-gothic teenage groups) to market them to the same target group. - Martin_Canine
They started off as a teenage punk group, and around the time Tokio Hotel started a massive hype they got recruited by a record label to jump on the bandwagon and market them in a similar way. With success. Their second album, released in 2006 (Tokio Hotel's breakthrough was one year earlier), entered the top ten. Now with Tokio Hotel's hiatus, this trend completely ended very suddenly and all of the artists of this movement were forgotten, except for TH. They either disbanded, quit or simply kind of vanished. But weirdly, Killerpilze stayed together and became an actual, mature full punk band still active, even though they don't have much commercial success anymore. - Martin_Canine
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