A terribly misconstrued and misused word. In contemporary culture it is utilized as a broad term to describe a multitude of children and teenagers who straighten their hair, have their hair in their face, perhaps dye it black, and wear tight clothing. Unfortunately this is completely inaccurate. Actual "emo" music existed in the late 80's and was a subgenre of hardcore punk rock, after all, "emo" is a shortening of "Emotional hardcore punk rock". The people in early emo bands dressed like regular people, everyday guys/girls who just played music that they enjoyed. Sadly, since the formulation and ongoing existence of Hot Topic, the term emo has been incorrectly characterized for a little more than a decade. You have to wonder how the original bands feel about the slandering and mass misunderstanding and misuse of their originality with those of the unoriginal.
Just search Cap'n Jazz to listen to actual emo music.
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Something that very few people are. The style has mind-fucked every teenager into thinking that they are depressed. I, being manic and having extreme anger issues and emotional outbursts, don't even know if I'm emo. If you seriously need to look this up because of style, you aren't really emo. So there.
FAKE SCENE/EMO KID: Oh, my Gawd, my life sucks so bad. Let's go cut our wrists while listening to Hawthorne Heights on my four thousand dollar stereosystem.
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A lifestyle which seems to have been blown out of proportion. Goth is not emo. Emo is not goth. Emos have usually a dark outlook on life, and just because someone dresses in all black does NOT make them emo. People tend to judge emos unfairly.
Man, he looks like an emo.

Look at that sexy emo hair!
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Noun
There are 2 possible variations of this word.

1. A person who due to circumstances, more often than not out of his control, is in a depressed state wherein the person can be happy and outgoing one moment to depressed and distant the next. Doesnt always have to dress in dark colors or have dark hair but is sometimes a sterotypical characteristic than may or may not be true in said case.

2. A person who actually has little wrong with their life but tells everyone they do as to attract attention. It is thought that by doing this they may be 'cool' or 'in' but in reality is not being who they are and is closely related to 'scene'
1. "Hey guys, you wanta hang after school today?"
After school
"Sorry guys, i just cant hang out right now... i dont even want to talk to anyone."

2. "When i go to this new school i think im gonna change my look. I hear 'emo' is popular there so ill stop by the store and get some hair dye and dark clothes"
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Emo is a genre of music, also known as "Emotive Hardcore", which was created in the 80s by a band who uplifted it all known as Rites of spring. Emo is a powerful and passionate style of genre that features powerful musical build ups, Vocalists screaming passionately, and Very Instrumental.

Emo is NOT in anyway linked to how a person dresses or looks like, Emotions, or the action of one cutting themselves.

Emo Is Legit! Check it out boiz and gurlz!

GOOD emo bands I listen To:

Snowing,
La dispute,
Pianos Become The Teeth,
Algernon Cadwallader,
Touche Amore,
Loma Prieta,
mewithoutyou,
Weatherbox.

Bad/Fake:

Bring Me The Horizon,
Drop Dead Gorgeous,
Blessthefall,
Brokencyde,
Bullet For My Valentine,
Escape The Fate,
Taking Back Sunday.
Man Pianos Become The Teeth is my favorite Emo Band!

Drop Dead Gorgeous on the other hand...... FAILS.
by xTGx August 19, 2009

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A word that has been tortured and mutiated by disgusting and repulsive bands like Blessthefall, Drop Dead Gorgeous, And Bring Me The Horizon.

Emo does not stand for some kid that cuts himself or dresses like a fag with black straightened hair and skinny jeans.

Emo originally started out as a genre of music where bands put passion and EMOtion into their pieces of art. Wait a sec? they put what? -emo-tion, EMOTION. that is what it stands for.

Emo stands for a genre of music where lyrics and music are emotional.

Bands like,
Snowing,

Algernon Cadwallader
and La Dispute.

Listen to them guys, they are good jams with alot of emotion into them.

So dont kill the word emo with your adolecent scene bullshit. BMTH sucks, plain and simple. Emo kids, arent "EMO" kids, they are just kids dressing like fags.

Emo = Emotional genre of music.
Right:

Person1- Man La disputes genre of style is emo!

Person2-I listened to them and they are actually so emotional! the lyrics are powerful!

Wrong:

Person1 -Man I love emo bands like bmth!
Person2- I know!! Oli Sykes is so emo! its HOT!
by An Average Guy July 01, 2009

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its basically described by society as a type of person or is basiclly a insult all together but in real cases its a type of music evolved from punk rock just like many other that evolved from punk rock as well. In Standards emo is dead well not nesicarly dead but lets just say is not
so "easy" to find a REAL emo band now a days. If you people didnt know before Hawthorne Heights isnt emo and all the other bands out there such as like my chemical romance and what not are also not emo MCR is post punk or pop punk so is HH basically because most/all of there lyrics are sad or deperessing were in real life emo is about the instrumentals yes there a some emo music with no lyrics yes i know its ODD~~~~ the genre of emo orignated in the 1980s time period 1986 is basically the most accurate time period and died out in the early 1990s and pop punk is suppose to be there so called "resurrection" the whole clothing thing has nothing to do with emo. Emo was basically all about the music they basically did have a clothing to go with it but it was basic and not focused on the clothing was basically solid pocket tees and no brand clothing with earth colors black ,white, brown ect.


Now a days what you see tellum haircuts and multi colored hair and skinny jeans and stripped leggings and billions of more other things people call "emo" are actually "scene" Scene is a type of fashion that again originated from punk and has some of its aspects and like i said is called EMO by stupid people that have no knowledge at all and try to make people feel low and bad about them selfs.
Emo is also a stereotype which is not a true because a music can not be a person or anyother thing cause its impossiable. The Stereotype is that most of people that are apart of 3m0 are typically sad all day hate there life are gay cross dress and so on when in real life all this is untrue people just make up these fibs to make people or mad or just because they dont like the style or w.e and try to cause other people to hate that w.e thing it is and other people to harm it.



Some people actually try to make emo w.e a cult or something thats just stupid it is the real ordeal is its music that has died out and some other thing ressurected from and is totally different i think its wrong to separte your self from sociey yes it good to be different but separting your self or trying to be in a cult is wrong because with or with out the clothes or hair or acsessories your still a human being.

i personally like some real emo bands and i have my share of pop punk bands that i like i like all kinds of music i think theres good in all music but im just sick of these little groups or w.e that are trying to be created trying to dress in a particaller style and listening to only one type of music or w.e gets boring, limits your you fun intake ability and everything there are no phiscal border that says NO DONT GO INTO HOT TOPIC YOUR NOT LIKE THAT OMG ITS SOOO WRONQ people made clothes to sell they dont give a shit if you it likes right on you they just sell it to get money and if you think it really looks wrong on you then dont fucking wear it all clothes are the same just the fabric and design and how you wear it is different and creating group and such are ruining peoples choices and basically life because they are limiting people clothing choices and mixing clothing is bascially POSERISSHHH :| come on thats stupid im just really pissed off and amazed how this is a big fucking deal wear what you want and talk to the people you want listen to music you want and stfu if you want to be cool you wont waste fucking 600000000 dollars on clothes just to talk to angelina or micheal or just to be cool its just pointless.

For all you stupid people out there get your shit straight before you start talking and care about yourself and other fucking stuff that matter, and posers if being cool is fucking importaunt and following fashion and stuff is a need go ahead and waste 90343254235323255 dollars your just wasting your time
Jim: -sees kid in a MCR shirt- EMOOOOO!!!

Kim: wow your stupid do you know wtf emo is you retarted

Jim: ITZ LYK WEN U WER BLACK AND BEH SAYD

Kim: guess you didnt gradiuate kindergarten yet huh gtfo -curb stomps-
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