"Emo" is not short for "Emotional." "Emo" does not mean Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional, despite what MTV has lead you to believe in the last few years. "Emo" is not sidebangs, tight pants, and male vocalists who sing like little girls about their failed relationships. "Emo" is not the use of diluted, meaningless metaphors and similes such as "My arms are like pinecones," and most definitely is not the rampant use of words such as "autumn," "heart," "knife," "bleeding," "leaves," and "razorblade."

I just thought I'd clear that up after all of these "definitions" in which I have encountered an unbelievable amount of people who try to pass off their blatantly false pretenses as fact, and are slowly infecting others with their high-horse, holier-than-thou bullshit. Because honestly, with your ridiculous definitions, Beethoven, George Gershwin, and Britney Spears are/was "emo bands."

Now, onto the real definition.

In the early 90s there was a movement in the hardcore genre that came to be known as "Emotive Hardcore," spearheaded by Rites Of Spring. Harder-core-than-thou kids, who swore by Dischord Records a la Minor Threat, actually coined the term "Emo" as something of a put-down for the kids who really liked Rites Of Spring, Indian Summer and this new wave of "Emotive" Hardcore bands. That's right, "Emo" was once not something kids called themselves. The field exploded outwards from there - Level-Plane Records has always been the most famous Emo label. Acts like Yaphet Kotto, I Hate Myself, Saetia, Hot Cross, A Day In Black And White, Funeral Diner, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, You And I, and hosts of others came in the next decade. Most emo bands have since broken up, but there's still the occasional hold-out (again, the majority of Level-Plane Records' roster has been a procession of emo acts). Like most DIY hardcore/punk of the time, a majority found its way onto vinyl and not much else. Some people consider bands like Fugazi, and later Sunny Day Real Estate, a progression of emo, but personally, I don't quite follow that philosophy.

Often, more recently, this gets intertwined with post-hardcore, and understandably so - that's nothing to make an issue of, since well shit, at least it's close.

Since the late 90s, though, bands have been emerging in the vein of Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and the thousands of their clones. As far as I can tell, some lazy journalist somewhere, writing an article about them, decided "Well, fuck, no one knows what emo is anyways, so I'll call these bands "emo" - sounds more appealing than bubblegum pop rock..." and the spiral continued downwards into the current amalgomation of bands MTV has told everyone is "emo."

Somehow, people decided that "emo" meant "emotional," which is obviously bullshit, as 99% of bands make music to illicit emotion, which would make "emotional" a completely all-encompassing genre from classical to opera to pop to rap.

Hope that helps.
Taking Back Sunday, Senses Fail, and My Chemical Romance falls under the "horrible pop rock" genre, not the emo genre.

Rites of Spring is emo.
by Chelsea March 02, 2005
1. A type of music.

2. A shity little poser (uselly a teenager) who talks about how he/she hates life when he/she has their health, is able to go to school, and has the money to go on shoping sprees and buy all the fagey that they whare.
They also talk about hateing conformest when they conform them selfs

3.The more evolved less dark goth (goth is just a more evolved punk) origionated in 1982.

4. The fags that give people that really are clinicly depressed, a bad name!
1.guy:Hey, do you like emo music?
guy 2:Thought that was a stiyle, not music

2.guy:You ok dude? You look sad.
emo:(says some sad shit about how sad his life is)
guy:So. Suck it up!
emo:(more sad shit about how sad his life is)
guy:im just going to kick you gay ass now!

3.emo:(says sad shit about how sad his life is)
goth:(talks about death,saten, and killing his/her self)
punk:(talks about heavy metal and vandelism)

4.guy: hey are you an emo or something?
clinicly depressed kid:no.
guy:Then how come you dont talk?
CDK:becouse i dont want to.
guy:do you hang out with emos?
CDK:No! I hate emos. They are the biggest posers that walk this earth! If they talk about killing them selfs then they should do it! The world would truly be a better and happier place with out them!
by enjoy life before its to late February 27, 2008
Suppressed children who get grounded all the time, Cry alone in the dark, and smell of hair gel and cigarettes. (As well as ass from all the butt smex) A true emo would cry if you called them emo. Skinny girl jeans, emover, ofter seen with tight hoodies, bad tattoos

Enjoys bands such as, Bright eyes, Mars Volta, Claps your hands say yeah, Dignan (will try and describe emo music as "indie" ITS EMO)

thinks there hot and important

men like men
Emos hates life

by sexy jesus January 28, 2008
1. Another really annoying label started by some loser who had no life.

2.Usually a whiny little adolescent boy or girl who thinks they are "rebellious" or a "non-conformist". They think their life sucks, so they waste their time cutting their wrists and hurting themselves instead of finding ways to make it better.
A lot of these people actually have no problems and are rich little liars who pretend to be emo to "fit in" with a select few people. Posers
Some of these people actually have a really bad life(example: abuse, neglect, poverty, disease, ect.), but still do nothing about but hurt themselves even more.
The worst type of emo is the kids who don't even cut themselves but make it appear as if they did, they will pretend to have issues that some real kids have. Saying their parents abuse them or they have been raped. When people who have actually had this happen to them, live with it much better or at least try to be happy.
Most shop at Hot Topic and Thrift stores.

3. A genre of music that some how spawned into a label.
1. "Check out that emo fag!"

2. "My life is so horrible, my girlfriend just dumped me for my bestfriend, no one ever pays attention to me, and my parents took away my convertible for screaming at them and calling them a prick. I'm going to kill myself"

"Instead of doing that how about you stop being such a pussy and do something proactive for once."

3. "Listen to this awesome emo band i found!"
by LikeHeyItsTiff October 31, 2007
A stupid stereotype that doesnt really exist.
Started off as a a genre of music from the Mid 80's Punk scene. Now turned into a trend that still, doesnt really exist. Emo is a type of music and nothing less. Someone who calls someone emo is obviously arrogant and doesnt understand the proper meaning. Calling someone 'emo' doesnt make sense. Its like calling some Jazz or Hip hop.
Its a type of music.
People who call themselves Emo are usually posers who are not dressing that way because they want to but just trying to figure out who they are.
I myself, I have black hair with blonde bangs, you can hardly seen any of my face. I wear girls drainpipes, I wear girl shirts, girls sweaters, I wear makeup, wear vans, usually have band t's on, and im one of the happiest people you will ever meet.
Most of my friends dress like me and are also happy.
Just because someone dresses like that doesnt mean they are depressed or whatever. Thats bullshit.
Its just a style, get over it. Stop judging.
If you have ever called someone emo you are completely arrogant and should probably go back to American Eagle and buy an 80 dollar pink polo.
I love emo/Post hardcore music.

Emo is a word that should be banished from anyone using.

I wear tight pants and makeup, im not emo.

by Zane Knight September 24, 2007
need to get over themselves.
Most emos are well-off melodramatic losers, who have things better off than some people.
by Wassup? September 13, 2007
a kid who is dirty and buys jeans from baby gap and cries in his closet and slits his wrist cause his myspace isnt working
emo kids are the scum of the earth and all need to be killed
by john miller blake miller August 19, 2007
Emotional person or attention seeker. The generalisation that has come to the "emo" society is stupid, they have no clue how to create there own style and have fun, they slot in nicely with the million others. Allthough the name is stupid the steriotype is completely reasonable. Most people are just trying to get along with thier lives and do it there own way, it is hard when every catagory of personality is steriotyped, people cant be who they want anymore. We need to cut everyone some slack and stop the deprecation.
emmo people are dressed in black with a splash of white. emo people have radical and crazy hair cuts.
by James Lowafle August 06, 2007

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