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February 13, 2020 10:56 AM   Subscribe

"Let’s just blame it all on Washington, D.C. — it never gets old. The first known usage of emo dates back to the mid-1980s, when “emo-core” served as shorthand for “emotional hardcore,” a label applied to a wave of bands that deviated from the macho aggression of D.C. punk during the so-called Revolution Summer. What they had in common: a greater emphasis on melody, dynamics, and, yes, lyrics about feelings." The 100 Greatest Emo Songs of All Time
posted by everybody had matching towels (17 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Playlist is Spotify only. Also, it only contains 97 of the 100 songs for some reason.
posted by sideshow at 11:15 AM on February 13

had to crtl-f misogyny to make sure it was addressed, but otherwise took a nice love/hate trip through memory lane there
posted by entropone at 11:16 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]

I was ready to complain about this list but holy shit Shotmaker is on it? And Hoover? Nevermind.
posted by saladin at 11:17 AM on February 13

Wowsers, same goes for Swing Kids, Saetia, Orchid, Drive Like Jehu... a lot of stuff on here I have no interest in but hot dang there are some JAMS on here too.
posted by saladin at 11:20 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]

This is a perfectly cromulent listicle.

Especially the swipe at Panic! in the 90s.
posted by Etrigan at 11:27 AM on February 13

recognize some of the artist names but not a single song. Am I missing something, or should I just stick with Husker Du?
posted by philip-random at 12:06 PM on February 13

My internet buddy Brad Nelson contributed to this and I love everything they do!
posted by Maaik at 12:07 PM on February 13 [1 favorite]

philip-random, the only thing you're missing is that you should listen to the playlist because you might like it.
posted by Maaik at 12:09 PM on February 13 [5 favorites]

I love this so much! Thanks for posting!

Too up my own ass as a grumpy metalhead high schooler in the '00s to appreciate this type of thing and I came around hard in the last few years. Can't wait to hear some new stuff.
posted by Ephelump Jockey at 1:38 PM on February 13

this is a great excuse to re-listen to one last wish.
posted by zsh2v1 at 1:40 PM on February 13

At first I was like needs more Conor Oberst and then I was like oh it's the wrong Conor Oberst. I feel like that is the reaction listicles are meant to provoke.
posted by betweenthebars at 1:57 PM on February 13 [1 favorite]

This list is... good?

2x SDRE in the top ranks checks out but I still like minus the bear more than American Football, sue me
posted by thedaniel at 3:40 PM on February 13 [1 favorite]

I wasn't into Emo at the time but somehow "Out of Reach" by The Get Up Kids made it onto my computer and I loved that song. I may have heard the rest of the album it was on but that was the one that stuck for me. And it apparently wasn't good enough to make this list.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 4:06 PM on February 13

Interesting to see confirmation of my long-held belief that emo and I missed each other entirely. Of the 100 greatest emo songs of all time, I only have one in my collection—“Savory” by Jawbox, and here it’s presented more as proto-emo, the fish that had to crawl out of the water before the genre could evolve. I’ll have to schedule a long road trip to listen to this entire playlist and see if I’ve been missing out.
posted by ejs at 7:41 PM on February 13 [1 favorite]


That is all.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 8:11 PM on February 13 [4 favorites]

Something Corporate's “Konstantine" should be top 10, not #62, but other than that, seems good to me.
posted by rtimmel at 9:02 PM on February 13

Decent-ish list, but needs some Split Lip
posted by tehjoel at 4:52 AM on February 14

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