THE ‘IS THIS THING ON?’ TOP 100 EMO SONGS OF ALL TIME PART 5 (60-51)

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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

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. And for some background as to why I’m doing this list click HERE

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

I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted Cover Art 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

Fighting Starlight Cover Art 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.

Emo 100 (100-51)

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4 thoughts on “THE ‘IS THIS THING ON?’ TOP 100 EMO SONGS OF ALL TIME PART 5 (60-51)

  1. Serko K. says:

    “I Was the Sword” by Funeral Diner is probably ‘the’ emo song for me. It’s so damn beautiful and compelling.

  2. danny letters says:

    fuck your emotional bullshit was snowings ep/demo thing, i liked it better than the full length, it was 5 songs of pure emotion

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