Top 10 Worst Emo Bands Of All Time

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It's safe to say emo music today is barely a shadow of what it once was. Nobody today thinks about the DIY hardcore punk element that the genre was founded on. Now when you hear emo you think Hot Topic, you think whiny pre-teens, and you think terrible sellout radio tunes. Most people either hate or love the genre of emo based on the era they grew up in. Lovers of the first wave generally hate the 1990's second wave, listeners from the 90's generally hate the 2000's era, and people who grew up through the 3rd wave now realize what crappy music they were listening too. Whether you love it or hate it, you might as well laugh at it. Here is our list of the top 10 Worst Emo Bands of All time.



10. La Dispute
I know, I know... Wildlife was good, but have you ever seen Jordan Dreyer perform "Such Small Hands" live? I didn't think anybody that emotional could move around that much for any reason. This is by the most over dramatic and theatrical band I've ever seen. I like my emo told from a first person perspective, not novels with extremely overwrought imagery that gets nauseating by the third song.



9. Fall Out Boy
Once upon a time in middle school, I thoroughly enjoyed what Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump were writing. Back in the days where the single "Sugar We're Going Down" was the best song played on MTV, every track off Take This To Your Grave was great, and being on Warped Tour wasn't such a death blow to an underground emo band's credibility. It's debatable if those days ever existed, but at the age of 12 it sure felt like it. Basically it kills me to put this band up here, but let's face it, Fall Out Boy are a textbook example of an emo sellout.



8. Saves the Day
The only '90s emo band on the list, Saves The Day have definitely overstayed their welcome. Through Being Cool was a great album, and taking the name from emo legend Jawbreaker was a good move, but going through around 20 different members while only keeping Chris Conley as a standing member of the band is a bit much. Why put out eight albums when the first three said everything that could be said. There is a reason the best emo bands of the '90s broke up in their prime.

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15 comments
anonymous
anonymous

Don't talk about Saves The Day, Chris Conley is the top dog.

rllfly
rllfly

This makes me so mad. P!ATD, FOB, and MCR are not emo nor are they bad. They are alternative rock. So much better than some of the pop bands these days. Stfu

MyNameDoesntMatter
MyNameDoesntMatter

Aiden, My Chem, Panic At The Disco emo? What idiot wrote this? And From First To Last actuall had a lot more songs than "Emily". Know your shit before you write an article.

mikedavis
mikedavis

ah this is obviously sort of a joke, and OBVIOUSLY they're all shitty bands, you should check out his 10 best emo bands list which includes a lot of 90's sad boy music, it's a little ridiculous how seriously everyone is taking this article, it's obviously written in a lighthearted, funny manner.  whatever.

robertstrange2003
robertstrange2003

they're all crappy bands...it doesnt matter how you label them

mikedavis
mikedavis

i think this is a GREATTTTTT article, and i also think that it's pretty funny but in a good way.  And I also think that people who are literal haters need to get a life, i am talking to you.... juan.

Natalie Koziar
Natalie Koziar

This is arguably one of the worst things I've read all week. Are you still an active member of the diy punk scene of today? Or is Warped Tour as close as it gets for you? Many of your statements are highly fallacious and not at all true of where music is in 2013.

Randall Avilez
Randall Avilez

I like how it's all the shitty 3rd wave stuff. 90s emo was best emo

Jamie Nicole Rocha
Jamie Nicole Rocha

Horribly written article. Who is hiring these writers with no knowledge in music?!

juan
juan

Once I saw the title of this article & saw STD on this list, I knew it had to have been the same guy who wrote that review on the STD show @ the Glass House in Pomona. It's amazing to me how you're still employed with the weekly considering you have no idea what you're talking about musically 

kaseyiv
kaseyiv

The title should be called "Top 10 bands that people call emo, but aren't"

IKC84
IKC84

Go search up "emo setting its definition straight". Purist

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