Remember Friendster and MySpace? These were the turf of the emo kids—our home! We ruled them in our #NeverAgain all-black ensemble. We finished that look with our chessboard-like Vans and gelled up hair with spikes that–as we remember of an old joke–could kill a lizard that fell on it. As emo kids, we loved to brood. We found "bleeding inside" cathartic. It was something that made it hard for us once Facebook came. We thought Zuckerberg's work was too bright, friendly, anti-black. When Friendster and MySpace shut down to make way for the newer, now-more popular social networking sites, we thought we had gone extinct.
Still, we bet there are a few remaining emo kids out there. We ask you to join us in coming out of the proverbial closet. Slip into your black Sabbaths, put on your thickest and darkest eyeliners, raise your tattooed fists, and come out to make a run! Let's get on some major #tb mode, with Chalk's five most iconic emo songs that have made us weep with black ink! If we missed some of your emo jam, tell us your picks in the comments!!
"Welcome to The Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance
The moment we hear "When I was a young boy...": Hands on our chest and goosebumps from head to toe!
This song used to be the national anthem of all emo kids back in elementary school, as it hit all the feels. During that time, people emulated Gerard's way (pun intended!) of dressing up—inch-thick eyeliner, black-highcut Chuck Taylor's, and necktie—you couldn't get more emo than that!
"I Write Sins not Tragedies" by Panic! At The Disco
The moment we hear "I chimed in...": Every dead emo kid inside rejoices and then dances.
The music video of "I Write Sins not Tragedies" is the dream emo wedding! Filled with eyeliners, feelings, and betrayals, everything's oh so problematic and we love it. Plus, when you see fetus Brendon Urie, all will make sense in the world—an emo kid can have happy feelings, too, okay?
"Numb" by Linkin Park
The moment we hear "I've become so numb, I can't feel you there": We shout in chorus, "SAME!"
This song became one of the most relatable songs for emo kids. "You were just like me with someone disappointed in you...?" Hell yes! Just hearing the lyrics made us feel that someone, somewhere out there, was going through the exact same feels, and listening to this song was an escape, a chance to shut everyone out of our world and be numb, alone.
"Thnks fr th Mmrs" by Fall Out Boy
The moment we hear "One night and one more time...": We get the sepanx the song is serving!
This song is about a relationship that has lost all the love, yet the couple still strives to get back together. They stay for the pleasure and fun, just to "appease their physical and mental desires." Being in a relationship without the need for feelings? Where do we emo kids sign up?
"Jenny" by The Click Five
The moment we hear "Jenny, what's the problem?": We automatically say, 'Jenny is!' because as you'll see, Jenny is every girl that ever hurt us.
This song is about a hot and cold girl who played with the heart of an emo guy. The lesson? Never mess with an emo's heart, you'll get a song in return spilling all the tea in the world about you. Sure, we can be romantic to a fault, but we're not always nice guys, either!
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