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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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20 – Thursday – Cross Out The Eyes
19 – Jimmy Eat World – Goodbye Sky Harbor
18 – Algernon Cadwallader – Some Kind Of Cadwallader
17 – Christie Front Drive – Radio
16 – The Promise Ring – Red & Blue Jeans
15 – Reiziger – Waiting day
14 – Cross My Heart – It Doesn’t Take That Many Pills To Sleep Forever
13 – The Van Pelt – Speeding Train
12 – Texas Is The Reason – The Magic Bullet Theory
11 – Planes Mistaken For Stars – Copper And Stars
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10 – Braid – The New Nathan Detroits
Every time I used to make a mixtape for myself or a friend this would always be the first track I’d put on. It’s the ultimate opener, a big catchy brilliant emo blast. It opens their classic album, ‘Frame and Canvas’, and sets the tone for the rest of the record. Braid are a legendary band, they maybe didn’t get the plaudits they thoroughly deserved when emo first broke big but I like to think that has changed since. Especially as they have returned with new music in recent times.
9 – Jimmy Eat World – No Sensitivity
Despite making some of my favourite albums packed with great songs, my favourite Jimmy Eat World song is taken from the split they did with Jebediah. ‘No Sensitivity’ is a great showcase of Jimmy Eat World doing what they do best, making incredibly likeable emo rock songs with killer choruses. This is always a favourite when they play live and somehow I’ve managed to see Jimmy Eat World play 7 times, every time a pleasure.
8 – Spy Versus Spy – Helpless, Sign In Please
Out of all the bands in the UK emo scene in the late 90’s, Spy Versus Spy was the band we held in the highest regard, to me they were like our Cap’n Jazz. There was just something about them that set them apart from the rest of us, while there were plenty of good bands about in those days Spy Versus Spy were always the band I thought I would love forever. And more than 10 years later I still do so maybe that will be true. Their first mini album is still my favourite although they did go on to make the fantastically brilliant album ‘Little Lights’ which you should stop at nothing to get hold of.
7 – The Get Up Kids – I’m A Loner Dottie, A Rebel
Getting to see the Get Up Kids while they were touring in support of ‘Something to write home about’ is still one of the best live experiences I’ve ever had. I got to see them play a few times again but nothing will beat that first time, there was just so much energy and fun surrounding their performance that night. Without the slower songs that filled ‘On a wire’ the show zipped along with the band seeming to have the time of their lives, which in turn meant that we were having the time of our lives. ‘I’m a loner dottie …’ is a classic amongst an album full of classics.
6 – Sunny Day Real Estate – In Circles
I have always loved this song since the first time I heard it all those years ago, but since their reunion show 2 years ago it has seemed even more special. I had tickets to see them play London in 2001, the show got cancelled because of something to do with their booking agents and then the band split up for the 2nd time. I was gutted and thought I’d never get to see this very special band play live. But, years later it was announced they were going to play a one off reunion show in London, excitedly I snapped up tickets only for that show to get cancelled because of the volcanic ash cloud. They did reschedule however and managed to play and the reaction was incredible. When they launched into ‘In Circles’ the excitement in the crowd was palpable and the noise deafening. Guitarist Dan Hoerner looked blown away by this and seeing his reaction made this amazing song even more so.
5 – The Promise Ring – E. Texas Ave
This song is Taken from probably the greatest split 7 inch ever released. The Texas is the reason song on the other side is fantastic, the artwork equally so but it’s the Promise Ring song that makes it truly great. Weirdly my favourite Promise Ring song is the Promise Ring song that sounds least like a Promise Ring song. It’s a lot heavier than they usually are and a lot darker. But it still sounds uniquely like the Promise Ring with Davey Von Bohlen unmistakeable voice sounding better than ever.
4 – Cap’n Jazz – Little League
Iconic, influential and downright briliant, Cap’n Jazz created a sound that would go on to be copied many times over. ‘Little League’ is a song I can never grow tired of listening too, It’s energy is completely infectious. The way the song sounds out of control and all over the place is its charm. It breaks down, it builds up, it screams at you and makes you want to get up and throw yourself about like a crazy person. Absolute genius.
3 – The Appleseed Cast – Marigold And Patchwork
One of the best shows I ever got to attend was when my old band supported The Appleseed Cast the first time they played in Margate. At the time they had only released their debut album, ‘End of the ring wars’, but to us they were massive and we were totally excited to have them play in our small town. They seemed really touched by the reaction they got that night and told us that when we sang along to ‘Marigold and patchwork’ it was one of the first times that that had happened to them. They must’ve liked it here because they came back to play twice more. ‘Marigold and patchwork’ will always remind me of a special time when music was the most exciting thing in my world and will forever be one of my favourite songs. You can download this song for free, see below for details.
2 – American Football – Never Meant
It’s amazing how some of the most influential and incredible music that came from the emo genre was from bands with short existences and limited output. I know Mike Kinsella has been very prolific in his output in various guises, but American Football had one album and one EP yet remain one of the best emo bands of all time. ‘Never meant’ is beautiful, it’s simple yet complicated at the same time and makes me fall in love each and every time I hear it. It’s the perfect song to do that old emo dance to, you know the one where you put your hands in your pockets and gently sway back and forth with your eyes closed? No? Just me then.
1! – Mineral – &Serenading
I have said for many years that this is the best emo song of all time. If I have said that to you then I’m sorry for the advance spoiler and apologise for the anti-climax to this list. It’s not just my favourite emo song of all time, it is in fact my favourite song of all time. If anyone mentions emo then Mineral is always the first band that jumps to mind, to me they are THE emo band. ‘EndSerenading’ is a beautiful album, Mineral made music so open and emotional that it shouldn’t work but it does work incredibly so. ‘&serenading’ is the penultimate song from that album, it is heart breakingly gorgeous in every way, lyrically and musically. The ending is just perfect, it builds up with repetitive vocals that harmonize at the right moment to elevate the song into the most beautiful of end riffs. Pure brilliant genius!!!!!
That’s it, the list is done.
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