The Age of Emo

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  • By: Brenda_Otin | Dec. 1, 2020, 6:28 a.m. | 3 Comments

    Although this genre is currently not as popular as it was, the lyrics to its music still remain relevant, especially to kids that grew up in the early 2000s. Emo rock has its roots in the 80’s but the 2000’s saw its popularization among the general masses. Emo brought a new wave of the ‘alienated’ group of teenagers who would sing their feelings and emotions out. It was well described in the deep emotional lyrics, the way of dressing and the passion in the way they sang along to the music. Emo lyrics let people express their deep-seated emotions to the world, including their dark thoughts and confessions, bringing the world to a shock. Emo had a sensitive and personal side to it’s lyrics that referenced people who were in touch with their emotions. Although the list of songs that rocked the era of emo in the 2000’s is endless, some of the most common songs and bands associated with this genre include:

    My chemical romance; Welcome to the black parade, which was the first single from the album The Black Parade. According to the lead singer Gerard Way, the song signified death, which comes in the form of the most powerful memory. The emotions that are felt through the lyrics of this song are what made the song great. Many people could relate to this type of emotions since it is something that everyone has experienced at one point or another in their lives.

    Jimmy eat world – The Middle, at some point in our lives, we have all felt the need for validation, but the lyrics to this song reminds us that, we can be strong even without having to rely on other people. Especially the ones that wouldn’t see our greatness despite what we do. “Hey, you know they’re all the same, you know you’re doing better on your own, so don’t buy in.”

    Fall out boy; Sugar, we’re going down. The most emo line of this song is, “I’m just a notch in your bedpost but you are just a line in a song.” This band got to me personally from one of my favorite series of the time, ‘One Tree Hill’. Peyton was the most emo character that I related to. Paramore; Misery business was one of the best songs by Paramore, it spoke on behalf of all those kids that were being bullied by mean people, or those that felt alienated by the rather more popular crowds. It described a group that had decided to take their power back and express their feelings through music.

    The Only Exception; This song also by Paramore is one of the most raw and honest love songs that I have ever heard. This is because I have felt that instead of setting up myself for disappointment and rejection I would rather be content with the idea of enjoying my company. “And up until now I have sworn to myself that I’m content with loneliness.”




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    Sometimes it is not the song that makes you emotional, it is the people and things that came to mind when you were listening to the song.

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