emo has alot of definitions on urban dictionary most of them make fun of what they THINK is emo. so i felt compelled to write what it really is.

most people would define emo:
fag dark clothing
poser hot topic
self mutilation sad
skinny jeans myspace whore
black rim glasses loser

but the real definition is far from any of these things. what people are discribing is POSER emo. real emo kids dress however they want and dont really care what people think about them. they are themselves, sometimes they might take their emotions too far, but that is with any emotion. emo kids ,contrary to popular belief, are not always sad,sometimes they show signs of being bipolar. one minute they will be happy, the next they might be sad or mad.(schitzophrenic behavior might also be displayed)they depend alot on their friends to to bring them up when they're down, but most of them love life to an extent.
THAT is the real definition of emo.
poser emo 1:oh, im so depressed!
poser emo 2:yeah, me too! lets go to hot topic and buy dark clothing and more eyeliner.
poser emo 1:then we could go to wal mart and buy some razor blades!
poser emo 2:yeah! when we come back we could sit around and play that new hawthorne heights cd and write sad poetry on our myspace blog.
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emo 1:dude, what do you want to do today?
emo 2:whatever is fun
emo 1:nevermind i just got sad all of a sudden
emo 2:oh come on, lets go over to emo 3's house, you know she can always cheer you up
emo 1: yeah you're right. lets go have some fun!
by lilyda April 09, 2008
Usually teens that have serious problems in their lives. They don't just make stuff up for attention, they all really have problems unless they're just posers. All of them don't cut themselves, actually most don't. Guys usually wear tight jeans and shirts and thick scarves. They also have black hair that is usually pretty long and covers most of their face, which is extrememly hot! Also they are mostly seen wearing black, although they do wear other colors as well. Emo girls can have mostly any color hair but it also usually covers most of their face. They usually wear some kind of striped shirt and fairly tight jeans. Any way you look at emo it's pretty cool and they don't deserve to be treated any differently than anyone else. They can't help it if they have problems in their lives.
emo kids are cool! No they don't all cut themselves so don't think that! It's wrong!!!
by BleedingBullet March 20, 2008
okay...for all you haters out there...emo is not a guy/girl who wants attention. emo is not wearing skinny jeans, eyeliner, having black hair, and carrying a razor. most emos are the happiest people around. if you think emo stands for "emotional" you are somewhat right. if you think it means someone who is always depressive, you are wrong!! emo is when you can be extrememly happy and extremely sad. so for all those people who hate emos, who dont have enough courage to be themselves,who are afraid of a color (obviously black if you all make such a big deal out of it), THINK what you want. but KNOW that youre wrong.
guy-yesterday she was so happy. today shes so sad.
other guy-shes just emo.
by xxBFMVxx January 28, 2008
1.A sub-genre of punk music that has very emotional(hence emo)lyrics, often talking about suicide,love,or death.also see screamo

2.A culture in which the people listen to emo/screamo music,are very emotional,often very artistic, and feel that no one understands them. Some emos are gay or bisexual. stereotyped as depressed or angry.

3.Many characterize emos by thier clothes. Often includes band tees(often dead or unheard-of bands),very tight "drainpipe" pants,black/striped clothing, hoodies,and studded or metal accessories. Many wear converse

4.Hair is often dyed black, dark brown, or an unnatural color. often parted to one side, covering one eye

5.Many people stereotype emos as the people who cut themselves. this stereotype is not completely true. Emos are publically emotional people, and this may lead to cutting, but just remember that there are preps,jocks,and skaters that cut or self harm as well.
1.The Rites of Spring is an emo band

2.Just because a person is emo doesnt mean they are gay or bi.

3.Emo is also a type of clothes.

4.Erin must be emo because she looks like one, and she listens to emo music.

5.Sam cuts, but she's a prep, and even though Erin is emo, she doesnt.
by gvr&hlpr January 28, 2008
Emo may refer to:

A genre of rock music
A slang term used to describe a wide range of fashion styles and attitudes somewhat affiliated with emo music

The music:
Emo is a genre of rock music. Since its inception, emo has come to describe several independent variations of music, linked loosely but with common ancestry. As such, use of the term has been the subject of much debate. At first, the term 'emo' was used to describe a subgenre of hardcore punk which originated in the Washington, DC music scene of the mid-1980s. In later years, the term 'emocore', short for 'emotional hardcore', was also used to describe the DC scene and some of the regional scenes that spawned from it. The term emo was derived from the fact that, on occasion, members of a band would become spontaneously and strongly emotional during perormances. The most recognizable names of the period included Rites of Spring, Embrace, One Last Wish, Beefeater,Gray Matter, Fire Party, and, slightly later, Moss Icon. The first wave of emo began to fade after the breakups of most of the involved bands in the early 1990s. Starting in the mid-1990s, the term 'emo' began to reflect the indie scene that followed the influenes of Fugazi, which itself was an offshoot of the first wave of emo. Bands including Sunny Day Real Estate and Teas Is The Reason put forth a more indie rock style of emo, more melodic and less chaotic in nature than its predecessor. The so-called 'indie emo' scene survived until the late 1990s, as many of the bands either disbanded or shifted to mainstream styles. As th remaining indie emo bands entered the maintream, newer bands began to emulate the more mainstream style, creating a style of music that has now earned the name 'emo' within popular culture. Whereas, even in the past, th term 'emo' was used to identify a wide variety of bands, the breadth of bands listed under today's emo is even more vast, leaving the term 'emo' as more of a loose identifier than as a specific genre of music. There were three main waves of emo music, the first involving bands like: Embrace, Rites Of Spring, Moss Icon, Nation Of Ulysses, Dag Nasty, Soulside, Shudder To Think, Fire Party, Marginal Man and Gray Matter. The second wave involved bands like: Sunny Day Real Estate, Boy's Life, Cap'n Jazz, The Promise Ring, Braid, Elliott, Bright Eyes, Cursive and The Get-Up Kids. The third wave of emo (current) involves bands like: Dashboard Confessional, AFI, Alexisonfire, Brand New, Bright Eyes, Coheed And Cambria, Death Cab For Cutie, Fall Out Boy, From First To Last, Funeral For A Friend, Hawthorne Heights, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, Senses Fail, Something Corporate, The Starting Line, Story Of The Year, Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, The Used and Underoath.

My opinion is that the majority of these third-wave bands are influenced by emo, but they are not completely emo in themselves. I refuse to get into arguments with anyone over this, so don't even think about it.

The slang term:

Emo is a somewhat ambiguous, controversial slang term most frequently used to describe a fashion or subculture which is usually defined to have its roots in punk fashion and subculture, as well as some attributes of gothic fashion and subculture. By almost all current definitions, emo clothing is characterized by tight jeans on males and females alike, long fringe often brushed to one side of the face, dyed black, straightened hair, tight t-shirts which often bear the names of rockbands, studded belts, belt buckles, Converse All-Stars, skate shoes, or other black shoes - often old and beaten up - and thick, black rimmed glasses.

This is NOT my opinion of what emo is, but this is the 'stereotypical emo kid', so to speak. I believe very firmly that you don't need to look exactly the same as the person mentioned above to be considered 'emo'.

When referring to a person's personality and attitude, many people think that emo people are honest about their emotions, sensitive, shy, introverted, broken-hearted, glum, and often quiet.

Some definitions of emo hold that typical emo people are likely to inflict self-injury, most often by means of cutting, burning, or otherwise mutilating themselves (well that just has BULLSHIT written all over it, doesn't it?). Emos are also stereotyped (so, therefore, not my opinion again) to use depressing Internet screen names that sometimes contain straight-edge X's, often using ironic sloganry, a poetic sense or cliché. In the years since emo music's rise in popularity, both emo music and emo subculture have attracted sometimes severe criticism. The term 'emo' itself is sometimes used pejoratively, to suggest that the target is "overly emotional." Emo in general has been characterised as a fad which will be discarded and forgotten in the near future (OK, maybe it's a fad, but it's a frickin' AWESOME one while it lasts...I <3 it).

Don't come whining to me if you disagree, 'cause I couldn't care less. I am sick and tired of hearing people say things like "Oh that's so emo" or "She's such a poser". I've had it. People can dress and act however they want, and they can listen to whatever music they want. If you still refuse to see the truth and carry on with your incredibly ignorant point of view, fine, think what you want, but you can't change us. Thank you for your patience.

We are who we are. If you have a problem with emo people, but don't have the guts to say it to our faces, I suggest you shut your mouths right now. Just remember that every time you criticise us, it won't make any difference. We're too far gone, and we never gave a damn about what you thought anyway.
by xX_nameless_seductress_Xx May 04, 2007
EMO - is more fashion than anything else, the fashion is mainly wearing black, jet black hair (covering half the face), lip piercings, eyeliner. Sadly emo get stereotyped to being kids who sit and cut themselves which is crap. That is NOT emo thats just a sad thing called depression (get help!) and infact many "emos" disagree with self mutalation completely. Emos are said to be moody, dark and have bleak outlooks on life but most are happy and comfortable with their own styles.

Many bands are also considered to be emo such as My Chemical Romance, From First To Last, Hawthorne Heights, 30 Seconds To Mars etc as they sing on moody and sometimes death related themes.

Last note, dont judge or stereotype "emo" people especialy if you dont know them. You wouldnt want someone to judge you.
An "emo" guy might wear - black skinny jeans, black "band name hear" t-shirt, hair in his face, eyeliner.
by "insert my name here" November 27, 2006
Emo (an abbreviation of "emotional") is a term now broadly used to describe almost any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that expresses emotions beyond traditional rock's limited emotional palette of alienation and rage. It is also used to describe fans of this genre, most commonly teenagers. (e.g., emo kid). The actual term "emo" originated in the mid-1980s D.C. scene, with the band Rites of Spring. The term addressed both the way the band connected with its audience, as well as its tendency to deal more with topics of personal and relationship politics than with the standard themes of rock music.


The roots of the emo style can be traced to two seminal bands of the post-punk era. In 1983, Mission of Burma's album VS did much to expand rock beyond its original constraints while still retaining its raw emotional punch. There are still emo bands around today, but most of them take on a full-on screaming approach (hence the name Screamo) like Circle Takes The Square and Saetia. In 1984, Hüsker Dü's album Zen Arcade established what is widely considered to be the definitive blueprint for emo: simple, raw guitar-oriented music with intense vocals and deeply introspective songwriting.

As the style caught on, bands such as Moss Icon, Policy of Three, Navio Forge and Indian Summer evolved the form into what became known as simply "emo", a style which intensified the dramatic aspects of vocal performances in order to achieve a cathartic breakthrough with the audience. Done well, the result was powerful emotional release that often left emo bands and their audiences crying or screaming at the end of performances. While effective, such open displays of emotion made many traditional rock fans uncomfortable, and caused much friction between the two camps.

With the mass-market acceptance of alternative music in the early 1990s, a new derivative style variously called "chaotic emo", "screamo", and "Emo Violence" emerged featuring a blend of the more aggressive parts of bands like Rites of Spring, mixed chaotic rock music and with abrasive, emotional screaming vocals. The record label Gravity from San Diego, California was a major influence in releasing many defining records of the style in the early 1990s. Significant emo bands include Heroin, Angel Hair, Antioch Arrow, Swing Kids, and Mohinder. Many of these emo bands, such as Antioch Arrow, were significant to a blossoming scene on the west coast of the United States. After the decline of the significant bands in this movement, the focus on emo has shifted to the east coast instead. Focus on Screamo has shifted to Europe.

Later in the 90s, bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Elliott, Christie Front Drive, Get Up Kids, Cap'n Jazz, The Promise Ring and Mineral explored a more moderately paced form of emo that mixed the early emo sound of Rites of Spring with the post-hardcore innovation of Fugazi and Quicksand. This style is sometimes referred to as "midwestern emo", due to many of the bands coming from midwestern American cities like Chicago or Kansas City.

Today, the term "emo" is increasingly ambiguous. With the success of such power pop bands as The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World and The Promise Ring, the music industry has eagerly appropriated the term "emo" as a marketing tool. Consequently, the emo label is now wrongly applied to a wide assortment of many diverse guitar-pop bands, such as Thursday, Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights, the New Amsterdams, and more recently to quieter, acoustic-driven bands such as Dashboard Confessional. Bands such as Bright Eyes are often mistaken for emo but are not.

Recently, as emo has edged its way into the public consciousness, non-fans of the genre (and even some ironic fans) have taken to using the term as a condescending insult, representing the stereotype of the angst-filled and overly-dramatic teenager. Examples include "cheer up, emo kid" or "I hate emo-fags".

Emo fashion:

"Emo fashion" seems to be directly derived from pre-existing rock fashion and retains staples from it, including the tendency for dyed, flat matte black hair and multiple piercings; in particular, labrets and ear "plugs" are prominent. Rolled-up (and often times form-fitting) jeans and t-shirts displaying sarcastic slogans or images of old-time cartoons are popular as well. Also band t-shirts, buttons for bands, and converse all-stars tend to be worn. More recently, many aspects of emo fashion have become mainstream and are regularly sold at stores like Hot Topic. Emo fashion, according to its proponents, is deeply rooted in a "being proud of who you are", anti-consumer subculture. Critics of the fashion point out that it has become so mainstream that it has become shallow and antithetical to this notion. To this extent, various websites and magazines have taken to poking fun at "emo kids" and stereotypical emo fashion, some offering guides to "making yourself emo".
emo: The Hated, Native Nod, Indian Summer, Sleepytime Trio, Evergreen, Embassy, Moss Icon

emocore: Rites of Spring, Gray Matter, early Lifetime, Samiam, Hot Water Music, Ignition, Jawbreaker, Kerosene 454

post-emo indie: Sunny Day Real Estate, Promise Ring, Mineral, Getup Kids, Jets To Brazil, Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Braid

nu-emo: The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Hawthorne Heights, My Chemical Romance, Thursday, Finch, Thrice, Senses Fail, Machbook Romance
by Jadyn June 23, 2005

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