->''I don't know God\\
And I don't know anyone\\
And I don't know God\\
And I don't know if anything at all will be all right\\
I've got my hands on the one hand,\\
but I don't know where to put them.''
-->--'''The Promise Ring,''' "Nothing Feels Good."

Primary Stylistic Influences:
+HardcorePunk, AlternativeRock, Indie Rock, PostHardcore
Secondary Stylistic Influences:
+ GothRock, PopPunk, PostPunk, PowerPop, {{Metalcore}}

{{Emo}} isn't just a subculture, you know. It's a form of music.

A woefully misunderstood form of music, emo has a long and varied history that touches the early 2000's and extends all the way back to the 1980's. Despite the fact that emo has become a... Polarizing term in our current critical establishment, emo music has produced a great deal of highly talented but highly underrated (and often multi-platinum selling) acts who aren't quite given proper critical respect due to the rise of modern hipsterdom.

The history can be separated into three different eras, four if you count [[ScreamoMusic screamo]][[note]]which is emo with lots of screaming[[/note]], which became popular in TheNewTens and is often considered to be musically closer to {{metalcore}} than to emotive hardcore.

Emo music is typically characterized by melodic musicianship and bluntly expressive, often confessional lyrics. It grew out of the HardcorePunk and PostHardcore scenes in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC in the mid-eighties, with bands like Rites of Spring, Fugazi, and Embrace rising in popularity as a response to the perceived violence in the punk movement. While the DC scene would fade out by the end of TheEighties, by then it had spread across the country, with bands like UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}'s Sunny Day Real Estate and UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco's Music/{{Jawbreaker}} carrying the torch of emo through TheNineties. Thanks to the rise of {{grunge}} and the boom in underground music in the early part of the decade, bands later labelled "emo" first got mainstream exposure during this period.

It was in the later part of TheNineties when emo began to capitalize on its increased appeal. In 1996, Music/{{Weezer}} released their sophomore album ''Pinkerton'' which, despite being initially bashed by critics and listeners alike, [[VindicatedByHistory is now regarded]] as one of the greatest albums of the decade, and is viewed as having introduced emo to the mainstream (emo bands that had gotten famous before were, at the time, mostly associated with HardcorePunk) and influenced the genre. Emo firmly broke into the mainstream in 2001, when Jimmy Eat World released their hit album ''Bleed American'', with its hit single "The Middle". Thanks to Jimmy, a whole new subculture evolved. The emo scene, once associated with underground music, developed and evolved as a result of mainstream exposure, and out of it grew the {{Emo Teen}}s. For the exact definition of an emo, go see the article. We're describing the music, not the person who listens to it, and emo music is listened to by people of all ages, genders, cultures and ethnicities.

Now, for the "three forms of music" thing. The three are commonly just known as "emo". To avoid confusion, we'll name the three types: "classic emo", "2000's post-hardcore", and "emo-pop".

Classic emo is essentially HardcorePunk with an artsy and emotional twist, with some of it even predicating PostRock. This is the form both sides of the fence will agree has mettle. Despite this, the bands never quite touched the mainstream. The key bands from this genre each had a different and unique variation on the sound: from Sunny Day Real Estate's anthemic, artsy blood-lettings, Braid's math pop, Hum's spacey, languid-yet-aggressive post-hardcore, Drive Like Jehu's discordant, technically demanding noise rock, the hardcore punk revivalists (and dabbling post-industrialists) called Music/{{AFI}}, Music/{{Weezer}}'s album ''Music/{{Pinkerton}}'' and The Get Up Kids' emotional power pop filled with crunchy guitars and nerdy sexual frustration, Texas is the Reason's sensitive, hardcore derived punch, Jimmy Eat World's grand ambition and "guy next door" song writing, and Mineral's pure, raw emotion.

Of the emotive hardcore bands only The Get Up Kids, and Jimmy Eat World had real commercial success due to their greater reliance on conventional pop song structure.

After Jimmy Eat World hit multi-platinum it also popularized a new darker variation of the sound. This early 2000's movement known as the 2000's post-hardcore Emo movement managed to balance a dark hardcore punch with introspective indie craft and profound musical artistry to create a powerful and moving variation of the emo sound that was edgier than the first, but was also more accessible. Many bands of this genre are additionally influenced by PostPunk and oftentimes GothRock. The bands in this genre became widely popular with many groups and are sometimes confused with emo-pop by people who haven't actually listened to them despite their innovative songwriting, extremely skilled musicianship and eloquent, profound lyrics, as well as their intense, raw hardcore punk-derived sound. The most well known members of this genre are: the suburban art rockers that make up Music/BrandNew, the quiet, introverted Music/DeathCabForCutie, intellectual and expressive countertenor Anthony Green's bands Music/CircaSurvive and Music/{{Saosin}}, the Gothic, theatrical, and delightfully over-the-top PostHardcore meets GlamRock act Music/MyChemicalRomance, eclectic screamers Music/TheUsed, melancholy music philosophers Music/{{Thursday}}, literary experimenters Music/{{Thrice}} and Music/TakingBackSunday who pretty much personified the whole movements combination of darkly romantic hardcore punk and catchy, melodic indie rock. Other bands frequently dabbled with emo musical style in this period, such as in ProgressiveRock bands Music/ThirtySecondsToMars and Music/CoheedAndCambria's respective albums ''A Beautiful Lie'' and ''In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3''. In addition, the UK has provided the genre with bands such as the Music/{{Lostprophets}} and Music/FuneralForAFriend, as has Canada with Music/BillyTalent and Music/{{Alexisonfire}}.

Emo-Pop was born in the mid-2000's and combines elements of pop rock, classic emo introspection, and punk rock. The first and most well known of these is Music/FallOutBoy. Although many earlier emo bands had a poppy sound (i.e. Music/JimmyEatWorld, Music/MotionCitySoundtrack and Music/SavesTheDay, for instance) and Fall Out Boy was the first to take emo into an overtly pop direction. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing, since Fall Out Boy was generally treated more favorably by the critical spectrum by often going against the stock formula used by their emo-pop followers: adding elements of {{Soul}}, R&B, orchestral flourishes, and even Hardcore Punk, before abandoning all semblances of emo-ness in 2013. This is much less common among their emo-pop contemporaries, who often are more than a bit formulaic, and lacks the emotion, depth and sensitivity of the previous emo scenes. When people who don't like emo despite minimal exposure to the genre say that it's all about teenage self-absorption, whining about one's parents/girlfriend/life, they're actually referring to emo-pop. These tropes are almost never found in the other two types. Along with {{Metalcore}} and post-grunge, emo-pop is a LoveItOrHateIt genre -- it is insanely popular with some groups, while the rest... well, you know. Emo-pop continues to be hugely successful into TheNewTens, with Fall Out Boy, Music/PanicAtTheDisco, Music/{{Paramore}}, Music/TwentyOnePilots and Music/AllTimeLow more popular than ever.

In addition to the constant output of new, acclaimed music from Music/{{AFI}}, Music/TheUsed and Music/TakingBackSunday, and the recent resurgence of Music/{{Thrice}}, Music/AtTheDriveIn, Music/{{Thursday}}, Music/{{Glassjaw}}, Music/AmericanFootball, and Music/{{Saosin}}, there's been a recent influx of Indie Emo bands reinvigorating the Classic Emo and Post-Hardcore sound, many notably on the ''Count Your Lucky Stars'' label. Empire! Empire! I Was a Lonely Estate, [[OverlyLongName The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die]] , Get Scared and Snowing are just a few of them. These particular bands also seem to be mixing in elements of PostRock, NoiseRock and Shoegazing music to great acclaim from fans of indie rock. Bands from ''The Wave'' (Music/LaDispute, Pianos Become the Teeth) have also taken cues from this particular genre.

So, there you have it. The basic history of Emo. A genre that captures and defines a point in time just like what PsychedelicRock, {{Disco}}, {{New Wave|Music}}, HairMetal and {{Grunge}} did for past decades.

!! "Classic" Emo (Emocore) bands:

* Music/{{AFI}} (mixes this with HardcorePunk and Gothic rock; also TropeMaker for the more dark and Gothic-iinfluenced emo look that would rise to prominence in the mid-2000's)
* Music/AmericanFootball
* Music/AtTheDriveIn
* Music/{{Autopulver}} (A rare and short-lived Norwegian emo band)
* Music/{{Braid}}
* Music/{{Brandtson}}
* Music/BrightEyes [[note]] mostly the band's first two albums, although their last album may qualify as well [[/note]]
* Music/CapnJazz (see also American Football, Owen, other Kinsella Bros. bands)
* Music/{{Cursive}}
* Music/DagNasty
* Music/DeathCabForCutie
* Music/DriveLikeJehu
* Music/{{Embrace}}
* Music/FireParty
* Music/{{Fugazi}}
** 1990 - ''Music/{{Repeater}}''
* Music/TheGetUpKids
* HotWaterMusic
* Hum
* Music/{{Jawbreaker}}
* Music/JimmyEatWorld (The TropeMaker for emo-pop)
* Music/{{Lifetime}}
* Music/{{Midtown}}
* Music/{{Mineral}}
* Music/MossIcon
* Nada Surf
* Music/{{Penfold}}
* Music/ThePromiseRing
* Music/{{Orchid}}
* Music/RitesOfSpring
* Music/SavesTheDay
* Music/SenseField
* Music/{{Shiner}}
* Music/SunnyDayRealEstate (The TropeCodifier)
** 1994 - ''Music/{{Diary}}''
* Music/TexasIsTheReason

!! 2000s Post-hardcore/Emo bands:

* Music/{{Alexisonfire}}
* Music/AlkalineTrio (also HardcorePunk)
* Music/{{Anberlin}}
* Music/TheAppleseedCast
* Music/ArmorForSleep
* Music/{{Bayside}}
* Music/TheBeautifulMistake
* Music/BillyTalent
* Music/BleedTheDream
* Music/BlueOctober
* {{Boysetsfire}}
* Music/BrandNew (Mixed with indie rock)
* Music/{{Chiodos}}
* Music/CircaSurvive (also ProgressiveRock)
* Music/{{Copeland}}
* Music/DanceGavinDance (also [[ScreamoMusic Screamo]])
* Music/DashboardConfessional
* Music/TheEarlyNovember
* Music/{{Emery}} (a Christian emo band)
* Music/TheFallOfTroy
* Music/{{Finch}}
* Music/FuneralForAFriend (Emotive hardcore from a Welsh perspective)
* Music/{{Glassjaw}}
* Music/HawthorneHeights
* Music/IAmGhost (also GothRock)
* Music/JetsToBrazil
* KEN mode (bit of a GenreBusting example, but emo was a significant component of their style up until ''Success'')
* Music/KillHannah (also DarkWave)
* Music/{{Lostprophets}} (a Welsh emo band ended by a highly publicized court case)
* Music/MadinaLake
* Music/MatchbookRomance
* Music/MewithoutYou (early material-- among many other things)
* Music/MotionCitySoundtrack (also PopPunk)
* Music/TheMovielife
* Music/MyAmericanHeart
* Music/MyChemicalRomance (Their first three albums were emotive hardcore and hardcore punk.Their fourth album is standard pop punk. Also served as the {{Trope Codifier}} for the Gothic, AFI-influenced emo look that came into vogue by 2004)
* Music/OffMinor
* Music/{{Piebald}}
* Music/ThePostalService
* Music/TheReceivingEndOfSirens
* Music/TheRedJumpsuitApparatus
* Music/{{Saosin}}
* Music/SayAnything (also IndieRock)
* Music/SensesFail
* Music/{{Silverstein}} (also [[ScreamoMusic Screamo]])
* Music/TheSleeping
* Music/SomethingCorporate
* Music/{{Sparta}}
* Music/AStaticLullaby (also [[ScreamoMusic Screamo]])
* Music/StoryOfTheYear
* Music/StraylightRun
* Music/AThornForEveryHeart
* Music/TakingBackSunday (also indie rock and alternative rock)
* Music/{{Thrice}} (A mix of emo and punk rock for their first few albums, at least. More recent releases dabble in, well, everything)
* Music/{{Thursday}} (The TropeCodifier)
* Music/TheUsed (Also AlternativeRock and PunkRock, [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly among other things]])
* Music/VendettaRed

!! "Emo-Pop" bands (the controversial bit):

* Music/ARocketToTheMoon
* [[Music/TheAcademyIs The Academy Is...]]
* Music/AllTimeLow
* Music/TheAllAmericanRejects (Their first few albums, before switching to PowerPop)
* Music/BoysLikeGirls
* Music/TheCab
* Music/CuteIsWhatWeAimFor
* TheDowntownFiction
* Music/EveryAvenue
* Music/FallOutBoy (2001-2008-- a critically acclaimed emo-pop band)
* Music/ForeverTheSickestKids
* Music/GoodCharlotte
* Music/{{Hellogoodbye}} (First album only)
* Music/MaydayParade
* Music/NewFoundGlory
* Music/PanicAtTheDisco (Another critically acclaimed emo-pop band, mainly because they added elements of vaudeville, {{Psychedelic Rock}} and DancePunk to their sound instead of the usual formula, along with interesting lyrics.)
* Music/{{Paramore}} (Along with Panic!, We Are the In Crowd and Fall Out Boy, they are one of the respected emo-pop bands, especially because they are clearly influenced by old school emo such as Sunny Day Real Estate.)
* Music/SecondhandSerenade ([[IAmTheBand it's just one guy]])
* Music/SimplePlan
* Music/TheSpillCanvas
* Music/TheStartingLine
* Music/{{Sugarcult}}
* Music/TheSummerSet
* Music/TokioHotel (they're German)
* Music/TwentyOnePilots (also RapRock and {{Electronicore}}
* Music/WeAreTheInCrowd
* Music/WeTheKings
* Music/TheWonderYears
* Music/{{Yellowcard}} (they're the ones with the classical violinist)
* Music/YouMeAtSix (Distinctly influenced by the {{Lostprophets}})

!! "Emo Revival" bands (the indie takeover of the sound):

* Music/MooseBlood
* Music/{{Waterparks}}
* Music/DeerLeap
* Music/RozwellKid
* Music/SororityNoise
* Music/IntoItOverIt
* Music/{{Saywecanfly}}
* Music/ModernBaseball
* Music/TheWorldIsABeautifulPlaceAndIAmNoLongerAfraidToDie (with an [[RevolvingDoorBand "ever-changing, ever-evolving lineup"]])

And... that's it. Oh, one more thing: if you plan to cause a sizable amount of InternetBackdraft, remember to clean it up afterward, won't you? After all, Internet Backdraft is bad for the environment!


Some Classic Emo tunes

* AFI - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGG-M0vNf5s God Called in Sick Today.]]"
* At the Drive In - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ge6ttcFrvA One-Armed Scissor.]]"
* Death Cab For Cutie - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9TpM2FRu-4 Title Track.]]"
* Sunny Day Real Estate - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiEGmrrUw-U Seven.]]"
* Braid - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PQbDqrl0NE A Dozen Roses.]]"
* The Get Up Kids - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVrVayeXzpo Holiday.]]"
* Cap'n Jazz - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG2FFpI5K3s Little League.]]"
* Texas is The Reason - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ugKNS7znXU Back and to the Left.]]"
* American Football - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG9VhC0hiTg Never Meant.]]"

Some definitive 2000's Post-Hardcore Emo tunes

* Brand New - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB6ESvoBwxI The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows.]]"
* AFI - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUtw6zUJrUs The Leaving Song Pt. II.]]"
* Thursday - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW05uzeU7KY Counting 5-4-3-2-1.]]"
* Taking Back Sunday - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaAwdmrsk3M Cute Without the E.]]"
* The Used - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f--4iDTr_k All That I've Got.]]"
* My Chemical Romance - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEPxJc9Nd1s Helena.]]"
* Circa Survive - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnV6z0hqNp4 Act Appalled.]]"
* Saosin - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPUpTvgcsKs 3rd Measurement in C.]]"
* Thrice - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4FaSu_lqw Cold Cash and Colder Hearts.]]"
* Glassjaw - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2kC-ujLMwM Tip Your Bartender.]]"
* Alkaline Trio - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d2W7FyztrA Time to Waste.]]"
* Armor For Sleep - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdIKYKGFH4w Awkward Last Words.]]"
* Hawthorne Heights - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gThcBrd60M Niki FM.]]"
* The Chiodos - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGN89b4CP-E Baby, You Wouldn't Last a Minute on the Creek.]]"
* Senses Fail - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqIN4kJybm8 Can't Be Saved.]]"

Some Definitive Emo-Pop tunes

* Jimmy Eat World - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd6zTuklghY Sweetness.]]"
* All Time Low - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcNiKCmWdYE Dear Maria, Count Me In.]]"
* Fall Out Boy - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rDG8C3oB18 Dance Dance.]]"
* Cute is What We Aim For - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt-sOl1WvyU The Curse of Curves.]]"
* Panic! At the Disco - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc6vs-l5dkc I Write Sins Not Tragedies.]]"
* Simple Plan - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA8PvnlBAiA Welcome to My Life.]]"
* Paramore - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCyGvGEtOwc Misery Business.]]"
* The Downtown Fiction - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je7mQS45Wsg I Just Wanna Run.]]"

And finally, a few definitive Classic Emo Revival tracks:

* Foxing - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-O6x2nF768 Rory.]]"
* La Dispute - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIIzxeBUqug Such Small Hands.]]"
* The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68GruRH19Lc Heartbeat in the Brain.]]"
* Modern Baseball - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbrUzJlTffs Your Graduation.]]"