"Emo" is a very misunderstood word. I am 14 and I get labelled emo all the time, and I think it's very stupid because nowadays you can't wear anything without being categorized into a certain group. Yes, I wear a lot of black, I wear skinny jeans and band tees and arm warmers and all the rest, I have a side fringe, but maybe I just like those clothes? Also I listen to so-called "emo" music, but I also listen to some punk and the odd metal thing as well.

Anyway forget that for the moment, if I was to describe an "emo" I would say there are three different types. Two are stupid and one is good.


Typical emo stereotype. Black hair covering the face, skinny jeans, tight band tee, lots of braclets, arm warmers, you get the picture. Claims to be depressed, but you can tell whether this is real or not, if there is a good solid reason for this person to be depressed (bullying, death, child abuse, etc) then it is real. If they just wail and go "NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME!" then they are attention seeking idiots. They will definately cut, and they will show it off. Or, even sadder, they will draw a cut on their arm. Listens to Hawthorn Heights, Fallout Boy, Dashboard Confessional, Good Charlotte, (ie. an example of SHIT emo music).


These can sometimes be confused with the fake emo's. They dress similar, except they may be more colourful. The boys will wear the same skinny jeans but with a tight tee, probably with stars, guns, pokemon or something like that. The girls will wear skinny jeans (or sometimes denim miniskirts) with a Hello Kitty tee, too many braclets, a headband, multicoloured hair, and cheap pumps. These are different from the fake emo kids, because these scene kids are just following the fashion of the emo because it's the "scene" at the moment. So when the scene changes, these kids will all follow the new trends.

Neither of the above types are emos. They are silly wannabe kids who will all change their dress sense when they get older or when emo goes out of the current trend. A "real" emo is what I'm about to describe.


Dresses like in emo clothes, but doesn't dress only in clothes from Hot Topic (that is strictly posers only) but on the other hand, doesn't completely disregard it. Doesn't dress like this to "rebel" or to scare parents, dresses like this because they LIKE it. Simple. They are usually very happy, fun people to be around, but some may have depression. If they do it is for a solid reason, and not many real emos cut. If they do, they don't show them off. They don't believe in labels, while the fake emos will happily boast about their "emoness". They don't live online (that is the scene kids) and they don't use Xs all the time (though the odd X is ok). They aren't all bi. They listen to whatever music they want. This could be metal, punk, maybe even the odd pop song in there. And of course, emo. Thursday, Underoath, Avenged Sevenfold, From First To Last, The Used- these are all examples of GOOD emo music. These emos will still be emos when the trend dies and may still be emos when they are adults.

So you see there are the cool types of emos and the stupid ones, although I really believe that labels should be banned because they are very confusing as I have just proven ^ ^.
A fake emo

"I nearly got a new pair of skinny jeans today but my mum wouldn't buy them for me because she didn't have any money OMG I'm being abused I'm so depressed, I'm now going to listen to Dashboard Confessional and slit my wrists and then think of new ways to show off my cuts."

A scene kid


A true emo

"Hey guys how are you all? Guess what! I got 6 tickets for us all to go to a My Chemical Romance concert today! I'm so happyyyyy...lets listen to their albums to celebrate!"
*emos then proceed to have lots of fun*
by Rebecca Birchall February 12, 2008
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Genre of softcore punk music that integrates unenthusiastic melodramatic 17 year olds who dont smile, high pitched overwrought lyrics and inaudible guitar rifts with tight wool sweaters, tighter jeans, itchy scarfs (even in the summer), ripped chucks with favorite bands signature, black square rimmed glasses, and ebony greasy unwashed hair that is required to cover at least 3/5 ths of the face at an angle.
::sniff sniff:: "The Demise of the Siberian Traintracks of Our Rusty Forgotten Unblemished Love" sounds like it would make a great emo band name. ::cry::
by 7ThisIsWudie7 June 08, 2003
An entire subculture of people (usually angsty teens) with a fake personality. The concept of Emo is actually a vicious cycle that never ends, to the utter failing of humanity, and it goes something like this:

1. Girls say they like "sensitive guys" (lie)
2. Guy finds out, so he listens to faggy emo music and dresses like a dork so chicks will see that he is sensitive and not afraid to express himself (lie). He dyes his hair black, wraps himself in a stupid looking scarf, develops an eating disorder, and rants about how "nobody understands".
3. Now an emo guy, he meets Emo chick and they start dating, talking about how their well-off suburban lifestyles are terrible and depressing (lie)
4. Emo guy is just too much of a pussy. His penis is too small, he's too depressed to bathe, and has more mood swings than emo chick, and he doesn't even have a menstrual cycle. Emo chick dumps him, saying "It's not you, it's me." (lie) as she drives off with Wayne, the school jock and captain of the football team.
5. Emo guy goes home and cries, proceeds to write a weak song and strum a single string on his acoustic guitar. Another emo chick sees how he is so in touch with his feelings, and the cycle continues.

This is the sad truth of the emo lifestyle/music, and now that I look at how pathetic it really is, maybe the emos DO have something to cry about!
When she sees how sensitive and emo I have become, she'll definately go out with me!
by Chernorizets Hrabr January 10, 2005
Like a Goth, only much less dark and much more Harry Potter.
My life sucks, I want to cry.
by Lockesly April 06, 2004
The Difference between Emo And Goth:
Emos Hate themselves
Goths hate Everyone
Emos Want to Kill themselves
Goths Want to kill Everyone
by Chelsea Lewis April 14, 2006
Punk music on estrogen. Often acoustic guitar with soft, high male vocals that dwell exessively on the singer's feelings, especially melancholy remembrances of past relationships/mistakes in life. A form of music that diverged from punk in the '80s, the name "emo" is derived from the emotive style of the lyrics and music. This genre has lately been marketed heavily by the music industry to teenagers with bands such as Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday, and has seen much commercial and mainstream success. The music has also spawned a subculture which conforms to certain conventions in dress such as tight sweatshirts, tight band T-shirts and horn-rim glasses. Adherents profess to exessively melancholy temperments. Males that adhere to the emo subculture are sometimes confused with metrosexuals; indeed the line between the two is somwhat blurred, though both groups claim to be intouch with their emotional side. The ephemeral and hackneyed nature of emo songwriting suggests that its audience will be restricted largely to teenagers. the genre suffers from a lack of credibility outside the aforementioned demographic group, much like current Nu Metal bands.
girlfriend: C'mon, lets have sex.
boyfriend: I'm too sad to have sex.
girlfriend: I'm sad too; lets have sex and cry.
boyfriend: I'm already crying.
by Pureblarney July 30, 2004
"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
A group of white, mostly middle-class well-off kids who find imperfections in there life and create a ridiculous, depressing melodrama around each one. They often take anti-depressants, even though the majority don't need them. They need to wake up and deal with life like everyone else instead of wallowing in their imaginary quagmire of torment.
Emo conversation!

XxSlavetoAnguishxX: omg my gf just left me
acidburnedsoul: that sux man
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: i blame myself only i'm such an ass *cries*
acidburnedsoul: dude come over to my house and we can cut ourselves together
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: okay *cries*
acidburnedsoul: omg dashboard confessional has a new cd, i preordered it already
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: dude they're my favorite band to self-mutilate to
acidburnedsoul: i prefer to cut myself while watching Napoleon Dynamite on my bigscreen
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: dude that movie is so deep. i cry every time i see it
acidburnedsoul: me too. i hate myself
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: yeah we're such tortured souls, nobody understands how hard life is for us
acidburnedsoul: yeah we got it tough dude. pass the tissues
by JT March 23, 2005

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