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
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. And for some background as to why I’m doing this list click HERE
50 – Ghosts and Vodka – Sex Is Popular
Emo verges on so many other musical styles, hardcore, indie, pop punk and sometimes most interestingly post rock. Ghosts and Vodka veer that way with a mix of instrumental mathy indie rock from members of Cap’n Jazz, Owls and Joan of Arc. Luckily, as with Cap’n Jazz, they released a complete anthology of all their releases on one cd ‘Addicts and Drunks’, which is a big help to lazy people like me who are a bit slow off the mark.
49 – Transit – Footwork
A lot of the bands that are helping bring emo back with this new revival are either from the more indie or screamo ends of the genre, Transit are heading up things from a pop punk perspective. Their latest album, ‘Listen & Forgive’, leans more to the emo way of things but on their previous effort, ‘Keep this to yourself’, there is a brilliant pop punk energy all the way through the album. ‘Footwork’ is a belter of a track, the part where it breaks down in the middle of the song is emo gold.
48 – Jejune – Solar
Beautiful indie emo from the late 90’s, ‘This afternoon’s Malady’ by Jejune is an album full of well crafted, catchy as hell pop songs. ‘Solar’ is slow paced, dreamy and gorgeous, the kind of music that leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling by the end as it escapes into a mass of feedback and distortion.
47 – Hey Mercedes – Quality Revenge At Last
I read recently that Bob Nanna formed Hey Mercedes because loads of bands in the early 2000’s, who were clearly influenced by his former band ,Braid, were suddenly getting big and making a lot of money, money that Braid had never made. Whether that is true or not, I hope he got what he deserved because Braid are a legendary band. Hey Mercedes, which featured 2 other Braid members, were a more straight forward, streamlined emo rock band with a talent for knocking out instantly likeable tunes. ‘Quality revenge at last’ is the opening track of their 2nd album, ‘Loses control’.
46 – Jeremy Enigk – Lewis Hollow
Taken from an album that I guess is not strictly ’emo’, more an acoustic folk fantasy, Jeremy Enigk as part of Sunny Day Real Estate introduced me to the genre and so his fragile, amazing voice will always give me that emo connection. ‘Return of the frog queen’ was his first solo record, recorded after Sunny Day’s first break up in the mid 90’s. ‘Lewis Hollow’ is just under 2 minutes of delicate beauty, basic tender guitars with a hint of cello and vocals that could melt any heart. A gentle masterpiece.
45 – Cursive – The Radiator Hums
We had a pretty great scene in Margate, I left it in 2000 to go drama school on the outskirts of London and I feel like I missed out on a great deal. One of the biggest times I was reminded of this was on easter break in 2002 when Cursive played a joint headline show with the Appleseed Cast at the Lido in Margate. I was there and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, not only did I get to hang out with the beautiful girl who would a few years later agree to marry me, both bands completely rocked that night. I bought ‘Domestica’ that night on CD, an album so good someone actually stole it from me sometime later, and it will always remind me of that blissful night. ‘The Radiator hums’ is my favourite song by this great band.
44 – Joan Of Arc – Post Coitus Rock
I have a friend that said that he loved Joan Of Arc because it would help him get to sleep every night. I guess you could take that the wrong way but I can see what he means because the albums can have an almost dream like quality, although that samples and weirder bits would freak me out if I tried to do as he did. ‘Post Coitus rock’ is one of the more regular songs in Joan Of Arc’s back catalogue but it’s far from ordinary. Perfectly twinkly guitar topped off with Tim Kinsella’s brilliant indie lo-fi voice.
43 – Pianos Become The Teeth – Cripples Can’t Shiver
Sometimes the term emo is misused or under played, used to describe any band singing about a broken heart. Sometimes a band can make music so packed full of emotion and intensity that ’emo’ hardly does the band justice. PBTT do something no other band does to me, I know I have gone on about their magnificence in a lot of my previous blog posts, they leave me exhausted. Seeing them live nearly brings me to tears, the gloriously heavy music with the touching lyrics and the intense vocal delivery combine to make a very special band indeed. I literally cannot say enough how much I love this band. They are also very approachable which I found out to my delight last week in Tunbridge Wells.
42 – The Get Up Kids – Coming Clean
One of the first emo albums I ever bought, little did I know as I stood alone in Tower Records in Picadilly Circus what a profound effect this would have on my life. I had heard people talk about them a lot before I got it but I was still unprepared that they would instantly become one of my favourite bands. ‘Coming Clean’ is a mammouth way to open an album, they hit the ground running with some of the best emo pop punk committed to tape. I remember getting completely swept up in the crowd during this song when I saw them at the Garage in London and loving every second.
41 – At The Drive-in – Heliotrope
I was first introduced to At The Drive-In by my friend who was sat in his flat holding ‘In/casino/Out’ on vinyl and proclaimed them to be the best emo band out there at the moment. At the time we were organising our European tour with our old band and there was a big hope that we were going to play some of these shows with At The Drive-In. Unfortunately, because of college dates, we had to go when it was the Easter holidays and the At The Drive-In dates were about a week before. We weren’t too worried and we had a great time on that tour but now when I look back I can’t believe we missed out and all because of some college play I was taking part in. Just to see At The Drive-In play on that tour just before they broke massive would have been an honour enough let alone actually getting to play and maybe meet the band. At The Drive-In are now a legendary band, their records make me wanna get up and jump around whenever I put them on. I promise my wife that I’ll stop telling this story of what may have been, maybe now I’ve put it here I will, it’s too painful.
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UPDATE: READ THE NEXT PART, PART 7 (40 to 31) HERE
The Spotify playlist has been updated as best I could, click below for the link.