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
Very influential British emocore from the mid 90’s with shades of Rites Of Spring, Bob Tilton released 2 albums splitting up shortly after their 2nd, ‘The leading hotels of the world’ in 1999. ‘September’ is taken from their 1st album, the classic ‘Crescent’, and displays their dynamic style in full. With brooding bass guitar, sometimes soft and sometimes harsh guitars and always emotional vocals you can see why Bob Tilton were held in such high regard.
79 – The Autumn Year – Little Lost Words
Another example of a damn fine British emo band, The Autumn Year came from Leeds (I think) and featured a member from the very awesome Canvas. Playing epic emotional music in the vein of Mineral but with more screaming. I only got to see them play once which was at a Hot Water Music all dayer at the Garage in London. The Autumn Year were playing as the doors were opened which has go to be the worst slot imaginable but they pulled it off, was actually really incredible to walk in ans see this amazing band all ready for us.
78 – Koufax – Going To Happen
Piano led emo pop at it’s very best, ‘Going to happen’ is so infectious it will get in your head and will refuse to leave. Koufax came and played to us in Margate and jolly nice people they were too. I can’t help but want to dance whenever I hear this song, like the Mary Whitehouse Experience would say, “It’s got a good beat to it”.
77 – Wavelets – Julio Won’t Get Out Of The Car
If you have been reading my blog over the last 6 months or so then you will be fully aware of how much I love Wavelets and their album ‘Athaletics’, so it’s no surprise they are included in this countdown. They have the perfect lo-fi emo sound down to a tee, ‘Julio won’t get out of the car’ is the opening track from the album and is a great introduction. The gang vocals on the chorus gives me goose bumps every time.
76 – The Get Up Kids – Forgive and Forget
It kind of goes without saying how important the Get Up Kids are to emo history. There was a time when they could do no wrong, ‘Forgive and Forget’ may never have been a proper album track but it shows everything that was great about the band. They had 2 very good singers, an amazing drummer, the best use of keyboards and the know how to write anthem after anthem. I’m sure they will be popping up on this list again at some point.
75 – Hot Rod Circuit – At Nature’s Mercy
For me this is the standout song from their 3rd album, 1st on Vagrant ‘Sorry about tomorrow’. It’s hard to resist that halftime emo sway that they’ve got going on at the start of the song, it’s even harder when the song reverts back to it after the uptempo emo rock of the middle section. Makes me want to do that ‘rocking your body back and forth with a backpack on’ dance that us emo boys are renowned for.
74 – The Appleseed Cast – Steps And Numbers
The first appearance (of probably many) on the countdown of one of emo’s most important and influential bands. Is there anyone that doesn’t like Appleseed Cast? If someone says they don’t, don’t trust them for they are liars! ‘Steps and numbers’ comes from the first part of the epic 2 part ‘Low Level Owl’. This song has magic all the way through its 5 minutes and 54 seconds, through the gloriously dis-jointed verse, the build up to the beautiful chorus, the beautiful chorus and then the organ-centric end riff. Brilliant!!
73 – Stapleton – International Departures
Another British band included, this time from Scotland. ‘International Departures’ is taken from their debut album ‘Rebuild the pier’ which was released on Year 3000 making them one time label mates with my old band The Babies Three. Always great emo rock, Stapleton, according to their wikipedia page, got to play with a who’s who of emo bands. I saw them support the Get Up Kids in London, those lucky guys!!
72 – New End Original – Lukewarm
I could listen to Jonah Matranga sing all day, luckily for me he’s released enough material to make that possible. New end original was an emo supergroup and full band version/anagram of Jonah’s solo project One Line Drawing. They released one album on Jade Tree, ‘Thriller’ which went on to be the biggest selling album of all time. Oh, wait I think I just mis-googled that record. Anyway, ‘Lukewarm’ is a rocking emo blast of greatness.
71 – Hundred Hands – A Replay
An Appleseed Cast side project was always going to be something to be getting excited about. Featuring Aaron Pillar and Christopher Crisci from Appleseed Cast, Hundred Hands released a 6 song mini album on Deep Elm records and it continues on with that almost post rock, emo sound that they were famous for. It is definitely worth checking out, ‘A Replay’ is the gorgeous openng track.
Thanks for reading, and many thanks for all the comments and shares. Please keep them coming and feel free to share with anyone. The next part will be up very soon!!! Cheers x
UPDATE: To read the next part of the top 100, numbers 70 to 61click HERE
If you use Spotify click HERE for a handy playlist of most of the songs already featured on the list.
Below is a live version of Appleseed Cast playing ‘Steps and Numbers’