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
With the album ‘More Songs’, Grown Ups have made one the more complete albums of the newer wave of emo bands. It’s such a joy to listen to, combining all that’s good about indie math rock with punk energy and raw vocals. ‘Three day weekend’ shows Grown Ups off at their best, all of the above with plenty of heart. A really uplifting experience.
59 – Funeral Diner – We Become Buried
The band the word ‘EPIC’ was probably created for, dark, progressive, brutal and beautiful all in equal measure. The drumming alone would earn this band a mention in any list going. ‘We become buried’ is just one of many amazing songs on ‘The Underdark’. Another band I wish I had been lucky enough to see play live, you can see a clear influence from Funeral Diner in some of the more exciting bands of today.
58 – Snowing – I Think We’re In Minsk
One of the bands responsible for reigniting my love for music, Snowing play messy, loud, in your face indie emo rock. The album ‘I could whatever I wanted if I wanted’ bristles with energy and endless catchy hooks. At the back end of last year the band split up meaning there will be no chance for me to see them live, unless the reunion thing is still trendy in 10 years time. If it is and they do reform I will be there. They tell us on there bandcamp page ‘Fuck your emotional bullshit’, they’re so emo.
57 – Imbroco – You’re My Lionkiller
Including 2 former members of Mineral, the EP that this song is from ‘Are you my lionkiller?’ was recorded shortly after the completition of the classic Mineral record ‘Endserenading’. Not that you can tell though, Imbroco have a more rock inspired sound that they mix with the gorgeous emo instrumentation you would expect from these guys. ‘You’re my lionkiller’ takes flight at the end into a mash of feedback and distortion. Plus the twinkly bit at the end fooled my kids into thinking the ice crem van was here when I was playng this on my stereo, you should have seen their faces when they discovered they’d been tricked, priceless.
56 – Maritime – Tearing Up The Oxygen
Formed by ex members of the Promise Ring and Dismemberment Plan after the end of the aforementioned bands, it was a relief that we could carry on hearing Davey Von Bohlen’s sweet vocals that came to signify the classic emo sound that I love. Carrying on in the more indie vibe that the Promise Ring had begun to explore but with better results than the ‘Wood/Water’ album. I like that album but I do think ‘We, the vehicles’ is a better realisation of that sound. It’s a record I can revisit time and again, ‘Tearing up the oxygen’ is a brilliant, brilliant song.
55 – Engine Down – The Offer Of Something
Taken from the incredible debut album ‘Under the pretense of the present tense’, Engine Down knew how to make both beautifully moving and angry emocore. ‘The offer of something’ has a bit of everything, the song goes to unexpected places with the bass lead quiet breakdown, the glorious chorus enhanced with cello to the heavy ending. A must for all emo fans.
54 – Boy’s Life – Sight Unseen
First heard this song on the fantastic compilation album ‘Don’t forget to breathe’ which was released by Crank! in 1997. It’s one of the only records I own that has a limited edition number on it (mine is 1123 of 5500 if that kind of info floats your boat) and introduced me to a number of cool bands. The version on that comp is live and about half as long as the nearly 9 min marathon of a track that appears on the split with Christie Front Drive. Messy, chaotic and downright awesome.
53 – Benton Falls – All These Things
Classy, well honed and emotional, ‘All these things’ opens up the album ‘Fighting starlight’ and is a great precursor of what’s to come on the rest of the record. Benton Falls have such a great sound, this song moves effortlessly from the clean to the overdriven parts, sounding equally as good on either part. The music sounds too mature to be a debut album and yet it is!
52 – Further Seems Forever – Madison Prep
Not many bands can claim to have as many albums as lead vocalists like Further Seems Forever can. At their best on the first album with Chris “dashboard” Carrabba on vocal duties, they compliment each other well because his voice sits really well with the full band behind him. ‘Madison prep’ is a great mid tempo emo rock song with a catchy as hell chorus.
51 – The Casket Lottery – Ever Since Sulfur
Classic Mid West 90’s emo, Ths Casket Lottery played music how it should be played, loud, fast and with plenty of feeling. ‘Choose bronze’, their first album, is full of amazing songs, ‘Ever since sulfur’ is a great example of how good a band can be. Love the sound, love the vocals, love it all basically.
Thanks again for reading, loving the response so far, both good and bad. Will post the next part soon. Cheers x
UPDATE: To read part 6 (50-41) click HERE
I’ve updated the spotify playlist as best I can, click the link below for that.