Top 10 Emo Bands of the '90s

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Emo wasn't always shorthand to describe Hot Topic pre-teens with black hair spending their parent's money on My Chemical Romance merch. In the 90's, emo went through a revival period looking back to bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace. Today, some music scenes are seeing a revival in emo music as well. Bands like Algernon Cadwalladar, Into It Over It, Tigers Jaw, and Snowing are creating the sounds of the latest emo revival. Like all good things, many emo bands are short-lived. All the bands on this list have either broken up and reunited or have just called it quits all together. Whether you call it post-hardcore, emo, screamo, emotive hardcore, or whiny-teenage music, emo will always be coming in and out of style. Here's our list of the Top 10 Emo Bands of the 90s.

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10. Texas Is The Reason
A lot of emo bands come from a hardcore background; Even Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy was in a hardcore band in high school. Guitarist Norm Brannon is just as well known for his band Shelter as he is for Texas Is The Reason. Wentz and the others in Fall Out Boy lost all of their street cred a long time ago, but Arenas and Texas Is The Reason still get frequent play on sites like tumblr and are back playing shows today.

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9. Braid
Braid formed as a response to a post looking for members in the DIY magazine Maximumrocknroll. Polyvinyl Records has put out a number of great emo releases. Two of the albums that made this list were released by Polyvinyl, and half of the bands have worked with them. Braid's Frame and Canvas helped establish the label and helped established the band as a major player in today's emo market.



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omsebaom
omsebaom

guys, you truly forgot FAR

joegillalkaline
joegillalkaline

all good bands!! but you guys for got one! 'KNAPSACK'!!!!!!

fvckdxtbish
fvckdxtbish

this list is more like best midwestern twinkly emo of the 90s. the get up kids are not fucking emo. american football!? how in the fuck are they emo? no kinsella project is emo they just inspired other bands instrumentally. cap'n jazz especially inspired a lot of bands instrumentally. but they are not emo. i hate myself is the only true emo band you listed. this is a terrible fucking list. fuck the gay ass guk they are midwestern pop. god this is terrible. 

design31
design31

Bro - I know this is just your opinion and for the most part it's a good list, but you totally should have hit up my friends and I that booked and ran Koo's Cafe back in those days. This list would have been that much mightier. American Football #1, really? EESH.

queTico
queTico

thank you for putting american football as number one!! so deserved!

fvckdxtbish
fvckdxtbish

@design31 right? how in the fuck could american football be number one? they srsly aren't even close to emo. this list is fucked. 

fvckdxtbish
fvckdxtbish

@John Walter Sayers yea i guess just in that context. not in the context of best emo bands of the 90s though. 

fvckdxtbish
fvckdxtbish

@queTico no, just no. they're great sure. but not even fucking close to emo. you people have no idea what emo is. 

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