Previously on the Top 100 emo songs of all time…….
100 – Reggie and the full effect – Thanx for stayin
99 – Roadside Monument – Sunken Anchor
98 – Boilermaker – Slow Down
97 – Hundred reasons – If I could
96 – Jets to Brazil – Chinatown
95 – Coping – F For now
94 – Inside – Ray Brower
93 – Basement – Grayscale
92 – The Jazz June – Viva La speed metal
91 – Everyone Everywhere – I feel fine by Everyone Everywhere
90 – Hunter Gatherer – Low standards for high fives
89 – Football, etc. – Safety
88 – Race Car Riot – Raincheck
87 – Taking Back Sunday – Bike scene
86 – Leiah – Tiglio
85 – Brandtson – Still life
84 – Polar Bear Club – Bottled wind
83 – Starmarket – Losing track
82 – Sunny Day Real Estate – Guitar and video games
81 – Grade – Stolen bikes ride faster
80 – Bob Tilton – September
79 – The Autumn Year – Little lost words
78 – Koufax – Going to happen
77 – Wavelets – Julio won’t get out of the car
76 – The Get Up Kids – Forgive and Forget
75 – Hot Rod Circuit – At nature’s mercy
74 – The Appleseed Cast – Steps and numbers
73 – Stapleton – International departures
72 – New End Original – Lukewarm
71 – Hundred Hands – A Replay
70 – Knapsack – Cellophane
69 – Elliott – Dionysus Burning
68 – The Lapse – We Must Move Backwards To Progress
67 – Owls – Everyone Is My Friend
66 – Suis La Lune – Quiet, Pull The Strings!
65 – Sunday’s Best – Winter Owned
64 – CSTVT – Hiccups
63 – Vitreous Humor – Sharin’ Stone
62 – Beezewax – Dead End Kids
61 – Death Cab For Cutie – A Movie Script Ending
60 – Grown Ups – Three Day Weekend
59 – Funeral Diner – We Become Buried
58 – Snowing – I Think We’re In Minsk
57 – Imbroco – You’re My Lionkiller
56 – Maritime – Tearing Up The Oxygen
55 – Engine Down – The Offer Of Something
54 – Boy’s Life – Sight Unseen
53 – Benton Falls – All These Things
52 – Further Seems Forever – Madison Prep
51 – The Casket Lottery – Ever Since Sulfur
50 – Ghosts And Vodka – Sex Is Popular
49 – Transit – Footwork
48 – Jejune – Solar
47 – Hey Mercedes – Quality Revenge At Last
46 – Jeremy Enigk – Lewis Hollow
45 – Cursive – The Radiator Hums
44 – Joan Of Arc – Post Coitus Rock
43 – Pianos Become The Teeth – Cripples Can’t Shiver
42 – The Get Up Kids – Coming Clean
41 – At The Drive-In – Heliotrope
To read more about these tracks click HERE for numbers 100-91, HERE for no’s 90-81, HERE for no’s 80-71, HERE for no’s 70-61, HERE for no’s 60-51, HERE for no’s 50-41. And for some background as to why I’m doing this list click HERE
40 – Owen – O, Evelyn
Mike Kinsella’s contribution to the genre is unrivalled and his output as ‘Owen’ has been prolific. But It’s on his latest record, ‘Ghost Town’, that you’ll find my favourite song he’s put out as Owen. You can’t have a top 100 emo songs without having some proper love songs and ‘O, Evelyn’ is a proper good love song, one which I fell in love with on my first listen. Gorgeous!!
39 – This Beautiful Mess – Don’t Go There
‘Temper the wind to the shorn lamb’ by This Beautiful Mess is a really great album full of beautifully sombre indie rock. ‘Don’t go there’ should be a hit song because it has all the right ingredients, infectious catchy verses make way for an even more killer chorus and then this all leads into a middle eight of perfectly twinkly guitars. This was another band we were lucky enough to have play in Margate. Well worth checking out.
38 – Rites Of Spring – Remainder
Guy Picciotto is an unmistakeable presence in music. I obviously never got to see Rites Of Spring play live, only a handful of people did and I was only 5 when they were about and more interested in playing with my Dukes Of Hazzard pedal car, but I did see Fugazi play twice, in 1999 and 2002. His stage presence, charm and energy then were phenomenal, this still comes across too when you listen to Rites Of Spring. ‘Remainder’ is a blistering, influential and above all awesome song.
37 – Rainer Maria – Artificial Light
How could you listen to this song and not fall in love? It draws you in from the very first stroke of the effects laden guitars and hugs you close with it’s sumptuous vocals. The perfect way to open an album, a song that sounds so much bigger than a 3 piece should be able to. Epically beautiful.
36 – Sunny Day Real Estate – Theo B
This song could take the award for ‘Best Bass line in any song ever!!’ The rhythm section control this song, driving it forwards, the guitar is a great topping along with Jeremy Enigk’s voice which could improve any song. ‘Theo B’ really reminds me of college, I listened to ‘Lp2’ constantly back then and this was always my favourite song from that record. Absolutely essential.
35 – The Gloria Record – Grace The Snow Is Here
A few of the great emo bands that split up early went on to form many great bands and Mineral were no exception. Out of all the bands that followed on from Mineral’s demise, The Gloria Record is the most similar in sound which is probably due, by in large, to the fact that Chris Simpson’s unique voice is on glorious display. The first EP they released was a relief to get to those of us who were pining for more and remains as good a listen today.
34 – Saves The Day – Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots
‘Through Being Cool’ has one of the most iconic album covers in the emo genre, recorded when they were still super young, which you can kind of tell and the album is all the better for it. Full of energy and innocence, this was when Saves The Day were at their best although they are still around now going strong, albeit with a much changed line up.
33 – Penfold – M
The chord progression used at the start of the song is one widely used by emo bands, my old band did, Appleseed Cast did and so did The Police on ‘Every little thing she does is magic’, which doesn’t really help my point but I thought it was worth a mention. Penfold do it and do it well, I love the duetting male and female vocals at the beginning, building the song brilliantly towards the soaring chorus and beyond. Fantastic emo in the Mineral mould.
32 – The Promise Ring – A Picture Postcard
This is a classic emo song slightly marred by the fact the opening lead guitar riff really reminds of the Asda jingle they use in their adverts so instead of being able to relax and enjoy the music I was hounded but visions of weird looking people in green gilets patting their bums whilst grinning madly. That’s my problem, I’ll deal with it and it shouldn’t stop you loving this song. As soon as the song progresses then you lose yourself to it’s many charms. Davey Von Bohlen singing “Couldn’t you take the second bus home? couldn’t you just take me with you?” is one of my favourite moments in any song!!
31 – Mineral – If I Could
Taken from their first, and for many people their best, album ‘The power of failing’, ‘If I could’ is 6 minutes of genius. A lot is said of how emo has no set sound, and I suppose it doesn’t because there are vast amounts of various types of music that fall under the emo banner, but if I was asked what I think of as the emo ‘sound’ I would play them this song. The style, the quiet/loud dynamic, the elongated singing that borders on screaming and the fact that Mineral could make open emotional music without being in the slightest bit cheesey makes them emo heroes of mine. Perfect!!
Thank you very much for reading and sharing and all that. Please feel free to comment/share/slate etc either here or on twitter @alex_itto. I will post the next part very soon. Cheers again x
I have updated the spotify playlist, the link for which is below!!