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
30 – Sense Field – Building
29 – Death Cab For Cutie – The Ice Is Getting Thinner
28 – Dashboard Confessional – Turpentine Chaser
27 – Beezewax – The Snooze Is On
26 – The Anniversary – All Things Ordinary
25 – Dismemberment Plan – What Did You Want Me To Say?
24 – The Appleseed Cast – Forever Longing The Golden Sun
23 – Far – Really Here
22 – Pop Unknown – Half Of Ninety
21 – Hot Water Music – Remedy
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, HERE for 30-21. And for some background as to why I’m doing this list click HERE
20 – Thursday – Cross Out The Eyes
The first time I got to see Thursday play I stood there slack jawed as I was being completely blown away, it was quite early on the Saturday of the 2002 Reading festival and no other band had such an impact on me that weekend. ‘Full Collapse’ is now a classic album and ‘Cross out the eyes’ has long been my favourite song from the record, it captures all the energy from their live show and packages it nicely into 4 minutes of post hardcore greatness.
19 – Jimmy Eat World – Goodbye Sky Harbor
Hearing ‘Clarity’ for the first time was a bit like hearing ‘Nevermind’ for the first time. An album so unbelievably brilliant that it’s bound to change everything, except that it didn’t. Jimmy Eat World obviously went on to be huge but for a while they seemed to be our best kept secret. I bought ‘Clarity’ on double blue vinyl at a Hot Water Music all dayer at the Garage in London from a distro run by the drummer from Spy vs Spy (geek points!!) and cherish it to this day. My wife walked down the aisle at our wedding to ‘For me this is heaven’! But it’s the epic 16 plus minutes of ‘Goodbye Sky Harbor’ that I love the most, I may be in a minority but I could go on listening to that end riff on repeat and never get bored. Genius.
18 – Algernon Cadwallader – Some Kind Of Cadwallader
This band completely reaffirmed my love for music with this song, I had been in a bit of a lull a couple of years back and then downloaded this at the recommendation of a friend and it was like a slap in the face. A good slap, the best kind. It woke me up from my slumber and proved that bands around today can be just as amazingly brilliant as bands 10 or 15 years ago, I went on to find that there were many incredible new bands out there but you’ll be hard pressed to find any better than Algernon Cadwallader. ‘Some kind of Cadwallader’ is the kind of song that you simply have to listen to again several times in a row. If you have never heard it go and listen to it now, trust me on this one.
17 – Christie Front Drive – Radio
Christie Front Drive were quite short lived but also hugely influential, just listening to this song ‘Radio’ you can hear why. You can also hear a sound that had been taken and copied/built upon by a ton of other bands. ‘Radio’ is taken from their only proper album, which is called either ‘Stereo’ or is self titled, most of their other releases were splits with other bands or as part of compilation albums. Classic mid west emo.
16 – The Promise Ring – Red & Blue Jeans
You can’t call your blog ‘Is this thing on?’ and not give away the fact that you’re a massive Promise Ring fan. Although it is a different song from the legendary ‘Nothing Feels Good’ album that gives me goosebumps every time I listen. They played ‘Red & blue jeans’ the one time I got to see them live and the experience was bittersweet. On the one hand I was getting to see one of my all time favourite bands playing one of my favourite songs, on the other I was stood in Brixton Academy surrounded by 6000 15/16 year olds who didn’t give a toss as to who they were. They were supporting Jimmy Eat World who were riding high on the success of ‘Bleed American’ and the kids who were there had come because of that, I was amazed at the time of the limp crowd reaction to the Promise Ring. I hope that they had noticed me going nuts in the middle of the crowd and I hope that they decide to come back to the UK as part of their current reunion.
15 – Reiziger – Waitingsday
Some record sleeves can take you instantly take you back to a special time in your life. One look at the cover of ‘Our Kodo’ by Reiziger takes me instantly back to the late 90’s with many hours spent listening/writing/talking about music in my friend Paul’s flat. ‘Waitingsday’ is the first track from that album and it is infectiously brilliant, so good that we even tried ripping off the opening shout of “Today” in my last band, The Boss. We didn’t do it any kind of justice and we should have just left it to the pro’s. Essential euro emo-core, I think/hope Reiziger are making a come back, fingers crossed.
14 – Cross My Heart – It Doesn’t Take That Many Pills To Sleep Forever
I first heard about Cross My Heart while on a UK tour with fellow English emo band Rydell in 1999 and simply asked them the question as to what they were currently listening to and what they’d recommend. They said the best thing they had heard recently was the self titled 7 track mini album by Cross My Heart and said I should check it out. I did and was instantly in agreement with how great it was. Track 2 ‘It doesn’t take that many pills to sleep forever’ has all the bits you need to make an incredible emo song, the quiet intro with twinkly guitars, the chuggy rocking pre chorus in to the actual rocking of the chorus and screaming at the end, plus it has as emo a song title as you’re likely to find on this whole list.
13 – The Van Pelt – The Speeding Train
This is one of the first songs I thought of when compiling this list, The Van Pelt were and still are one of the most original and individual of all the emo bands. Another song I’m sure we tried to rip off in some way or another in a previous band, ‘The Speeding Train’ takes all the bands best qualities and compiles them in to one hell of a song. The half spoken/half sung vocal style of Chris Leo with his thoughtful lyrics combines beautifully with the indie art rock backing of the band. The repetitive drum beat and the totally uplifting guitar melody of the chorus combine to outstanding effect. Absolutely love it.
12 – Texas Is The Reason – The Magic Bullet Theory
Another band that was far too short lived, Texas is the reason still remain a much loved band today. Although they have just an EP, a couple of split singles and one full length album to their name their legacy and influence continues on. ‘The magic bullet theory’ is just one of the many fantastic songs from the classic ‘Do you know who you are?’ album. They laid down a blue print for how amazing post hardcore emo bands could be and split before they signed to a major label and ruined it all. Nice
11 – Planes Mistaken For Stars – Copper And Stars
Back when they were angsty, powerful and melodic before moving on to being less melodic and more of just the other 2, Planes Mistaken For Stars totally blew me away with their self titled debut. ‘Copper and stars’ is your new favourite song after your first listen to it, an amazing intro paves the way for the muted guitar of the verse which with it brings the incredible voice of Gared O’Donnell. The song is just genius from then on, the chorus takes off and takes you with it and before you know it the ending is bringing you to your knee’s with it’s tender beauty. PMFS were booked to play Margate and had to cancel on the day leaving a lot of people completely bummed out, I wish I could have seen them live because I imagine it was an unbelievable experience.
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