Originally a music movement in Washington D.C. combining punk with even faster guitar riffs and screaming, with bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace, emo, or "emocore", became popular on the west coast as well. Most emo bands of this time for breaking guitars on stage, screaming out lyrics, and doing anything else that got people's attention. Basically Jimmy Urine, on crack. Emo's second wave was hit up with a softer more melodic sound with more riffs and songs that were all incredibly long. This came to be with bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker (which later become Jets to Brazil), and Texas is the Reason. Emo went mainstream and got more people's attention with more popular bands today. These bands include Dashboard Confessional and Phantom Planet. Nowadays, it is incredibly hard to know what true emo is as most people think that popular bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, and My Chemical Romance are emo. However, all of these bands have denied such claims. "emo is bullshit, we're the next Radiohead" -Brendon Urie (lead singer for Panic at the Disco). Emo is now often associated with Screamo. However, this is typically untrue. Hawthorne Heights is under much debate and can be seen as somewhat emo. With songs like Niki FM which follow a second wave emo pattern.

Some bands that are NOT emo include:
Senses Fail
Bullet for My Valentine
Hopes Die Last
From First to Last
The Used

The original style of emo was simply whatever you could find at your local thrift store. Combining the style of your grandpa, with that of a nerd.

There are many more but these are just a few bands that many believe to be emo. Sorry to all the 13 year old girls who actually thought they were truly emo.

"Oh my God, I love My Chemical Romance! I'm so emo!"
"Oh really? Because I like Rites of Spring,"
by brdof hrms June 16, 2008
emo is a slang term used to describe teenagers today.
it is popular to be emo because of the all the radiant attention you get from it,guys wear skinny jeans,have jet black hair(sometimes brown-dark brown),can barely see through their hair and are always flicking it to see clearly,they consider this sexy.
girls love emo guys and only date them,it was first a catch of the millenium now it's so normal you can practically marry one without hassle.
mp3/ipod lists my chemical romance,panic! at the disco,afi,fall out boy and some other random unknown 'emo' bands to show how intellectual they are.
emo kids are faking,not a single real one exists anymore,if they dye their hair,they're faking.
emo is practically over now,people consider it embarassing and are desperate to either cut their hair or grow their hair back again....sad,when they were the ones bragging 'emo 4 life'...

my question....what's next?
emo kid: i totally regret doing this now...(chucks out mcr cd)
emo girl: i can't wait to grow my hair again...what was i thinking?
former emo kid: i hate emos they are so gay and dumb and...(you get the idea)
by Biolet November 12, 2007
emo is just a cruel label. im considered to be an emo but my mates (yes, emos can have friends) dont care. they accept me for who i am not what other people call me. one of my friends is blonde but we're awesome mates. anyways its better than being a stuck up robot that cant trust their so-called friends. and you can listen to screamo without people thinking your weird. its actually quite relaxing.
barbie- gosh your so emo
me- well at least im not a complete freak
barbie- matter of opinion. go slit your wrists
me- *turning up slipknot song* huh cant hear ya
by xo-escape the fate-ox October 13, 2007
Emo meaning emotional is a new craze across the young 'uns! emos can be spotted by a greasy fringe, skinny jeans, hoodies and a general grunting distain for those around them. Emo gangs try to act depressed and generally buy a copy of marilyn mansuns greatest hits. They pretend to know everything about punk and rock (even though most of them weren't born when kurt cobain died)they wear t-shirts saying 'kurt cobain died for us' which in short is a pretencious pile of wank that's spread across our society! Don't get me wrong I appreciate that everybody has problems, and i am by no means a chav... (they're all scum and should be shot!)... but come on people. We are british, we do not parade around showing our emotions and slitting our wrists and acting depressed. We as a nation are supposed to have the stiff upper lip and generally repressed attitude to our feelings!
It needs no example just look at a group of depressive teens and you'll see the emo crowd.
by fed-up-of-emos September 26, 2007
People who are overly depressed over the littlest things. The ones who can't suck it up like the rest of us. Attention seekers.
"Upset leave me da fuck alone.. MISSING U HURTS ME SO MUCH.. Fuck everybody..Fuck da bronx!! So fucking upset and mad and alone.. My mandi got more brain and looks then anybody else.. Just please leave me alone.. I can't take it anymore.. Everybody leaving me behind.. I don't need to be here anymore.. There's no more room for me in this life time goodbye.."

"Pizza Face Maria's mad emo over her lost pen."
by muymalella September 13, 2007
people who wear tight jeans for attention and have hair that covers 8/10ths of their face
"whats with your hair?"
"I'm too emo for a face."
"gah stupid emos."
*sucks other persons blood*
by nickelback fan 2296 August 06, 2007
Guy1: Did you know that the adverage emo's brain is the same size as it's eye?

Guy2: How big is that?

Guy1: Dunno, you can never see both their eyes to make a judgement.
by Annata .W. Bokunamma August 04, 2007
Emos are people that shop at hot topic, cut their selfs an talk about suicide because they don't have shit in life to be depressed enough to, or have big enough balls to really kill their selfs.

OR, Goths that find life easier to buy clothes with chains an straps already attached while still claiming to be a goth, they are just a subclass added to the hot topic scene.

OR, Punks, pretty much like hot topic goths
We should fucking burn down all the Hot Topics to stop the EMO CANCER. That would be very emo.
by Stoichiometry June 28, 2007

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