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
40 – Owen – O, Evelyn..
39 – This Beautiful Mess – Don’t Go There
38 – Rites Of Spring – Remainder
37 – Rainer Maria – Artificial Light
36 – Sunny Day Real Estate – Theo B
35 – The Gloria Record – Grace The Snow Is Here
34 – Saves The Day – Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots
33 – Penfold – M
32 – The Promise Ring – A Picture Postcard
31 – Mineral – If I Could
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, HERE for 40-31. And for some background as to why I’m doing this list click HERE
30 – Sense Field – Building
One of the shortest, if not the shortest, songs on the list, the title track from the classic album of the same name zips by without giving you time to think. Just lose yourself in one and a half minutes of superb, energetic, punky pop brilliance. The guitars at the start, the verse, the catchy chorus, Jon Bunch’s killer voice and the way the song rocks out at the end all make for one hell of a song.
29 – Death Cab For Cutie – The Ice Is Getting Thinner
Death Cab are one of few bands that can keep on going for years, releasing multiple albums whilst keeping the quality at a premium. Tucked away at the end of the 2008 album ‘Narrow Stairs’ is this beautiful gem of a song. ‘The ice is getting thinner’ has a special place in my heart as it’s my wifes favourite song, which is appropriate as it is amazingly beautiful just as she is (brownie points!!!). Ben Gibbard’s effortlessly lovely voice with simple yet brilliant guitars make this song a real treat.
28 – Dashboard Confessional – Turpentine Chaser
You don’t get much more emo than Dashboard Confessional. It’s amazing how much energy that one man and his acoustic guitar can invoke in a room full of like minded people. My wife and I got to see him play at the tiny Metro Club underneath Waterstones in Oxford Street towards the end of 2002. I had heard about how the crowd would sing-a-long but it was still a shock when the crowd was united in one voice as soon as Dashboard started playing. ‘Turpentine Chaser’ is taken from his first album ‘The swiss army romance’ and is an emotionally intense example of Chris Carraba at his very best.
27 – Beezewax – The Snooze Is On
In the latter part of the 20th century my friend Paul was asked if he’d be able to sort out a local show for a Norweigian band who would be coming to the UK shortly. He was given a copy of their debut album, ‘A dozen summits’, and from the opening chords of the first song ‘The snooze is on’ we (the whole of Margate) instantly fell in love. It is one of the most perfect slices of indie pop ever committed to tape, Paul put them on and then several times more and Beezewax became one of our scenes most loved bands. Brilliant.
26 – The Anniversary – All Things Ordinary
The Anniversary are sometimes forgotten/written off/overlooked which is a damn shame as they made 2 very good and different albums. ‘All things ordinary’ comes from their more classic emo rock debut album ‘Designing a nervous breakdown’ and comes complete with awesome keyboards and excellent male/female duetting vocals. I saw them a few times live and I seem to remember at the 2nd show the drummer had adopted a look resembling a tennis player from the 1970’s which has to be said added to their appeal.
25 – Dismemberment Plan – What do you want me to say?
I have been debating with myself as to whether or not I can count Dismemberment Plan as an emo band and I came to the conclusion that I don’t really care because this song is so good I would try and include it into any ‘best of’ list I was writing, even if it was a list of novety 90’s rap songs by kids who wore their clothes backwards. It is seriously good, one of the most instantly catchy choruses you’ll hear all year followed by the crazy where they keep yelling “hey!”. Amazing!!!!!
24 – The Appleseed Cast – Forever Longing The Golden Sun
One of the biggest problems you face when compiling a list of top 100 songs by yourself is choosing which songs to include and what to not, which ain’t good when you’re indecisive like I am. The problem is further exasperated when you are faced with an album as entirely brilliant as ‘Mare Vitalis’ where any of the 10 songs could make the list. I think I’ve made the right choice in ‘Forever longing the golden sun’, It’s classic Appleseed Cast, epic, beautiful and completely exhilarating.
23 – Far – Really Here
This song subscribes to that old showbiz adage of ‘leave them wanting more’. It’s teasingly short in the fact that for 2 minutes the song builds slowly with Jonah’s sweet voice carressing your ears before launching in to the uplifting finale. As soon as ‘Really here’ ends you’re left shouting “Noooo” in a bad Darth Vader voice because you are just dying for it to continue. ‘Water and solutions’ the album ‘Really here’ is taken from is a classic which everyone should have in their collection.
22 – Pop Unknown – Half Of Ninety
I love the way this song builds on the quiet, muted guitar riff that starts the song, gradually bringing in the drums, followed by the lead guitar melody and vocals. It has a real laid back beauty to it, the riff gets in your head and always makes me want to listen to the song again as soon it’s finished. ‘Half of ninety’ is taken from the bands first full length ‘If arsenic fails try algebra’ and Pop Unknown are one my favourite of the many brilliant Deep Elm bands.
21 – Hot Water Music – Remedy
Hot Water Music have an extensive back catalogue of classic, brilliant albums but it’s on one of their later records that you’ll find this peach of an opening track. It’s the perfect song to blast out of your car speakers with the windows down as you pull away, makes me feel cool when I do (well, as cool as someone who drives a yellow Skoda can look). Brilliantly sung and briliantly loud as always. Still popular as ever, Hot Water Music recently sold out their upcoming show at the Old Blue Last in London in 12 minutes!! Such is the massive love for this band.
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