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Emo

Most popular artists in Emo

This chart is based on the monthly listeners metric for all artists tagged with the genre emo by Spotify. It may contain some errors or some data may not be up to date. You can check the artist profile to update data if necessary.

# Artist Monthly Listeners Followers
1
24,810,416
10,647,629
2
16,905,723
8,564,871
3
11,894,618
1,559,799
4
2,607,179
845,901
5
Basement
2,255,233
344,009
6
1,808,317
748,590
7
Title Fight
1,802,337
420,671
8
1,599,944
831,589
9
1,417,764
612,822
10
Modern Baseball
1,326,694
469,233
11
Brand New
1,018,809
712,148
12
Mom Jeans.
1,003,377
317,602
13
Hot Mulligan
939,512
224,684
14
The Ataris
915,912
254,175
15
The Story So Far
905,085
459,632
16
Senses Fail
860,851
446,441
17
Alkaline Trio
858,996
390,576
18
Movements
826,508
264,921
19
Motion City Soundtrack
767,197
329,901
20
692,343
155,334
21
American Football
686,373
352,193
22
Joyce Manor
606,682
222,288
23
Turnover
569,800
330,913
24
La Dispute
562,187
368,287
25
Citizen
554,168
254,833
26
The Starting Line
517,145
185,441
27
Say Anything
505,485
293,853
28
The Wonder Years
503,549
273,329
29
Sorority Noise
473,575
183,498
30
Microwave
460,671
125,379
31
Bayside
438,747
226,621
32
Free Throw
415,151
95,291
33
Finch
386,162
197,783
34
Knuckle Puck
383,554
216,565
35
Circa Survive
383,300
334,570
36
Real Friends
382,969
280,411
37
PUP
373,496
256,906
38
Something Corporate
339,695
179,836
39
The Menzingers
338,634
177,578
40
The Academy Is...
335,558
212,444
41
Sunny Day Real Estate
327,036
197,028
42
Moose Blood
311,365
186,213
43
Tigers Jaw
308,670
212,276
44
Hot Water Music
297,954
139,423
45
At the Drive-In
267,986
327,442
46
Thursday
261,338
206,641
47
Remo Drive
194,508
130,315
48
Saves The Day
194,274
154,900
49
Head Automatica
188,711
56,749
50
Balance And Composure
188,241
141,799
51
Can't Swim
187,167
73,995
52
Tiny Moving Parts
179,677
152,509
53
Prince Daddy & the Hyena
174,562
74,198
54
The Get Up Kids
165,046
140,323
55
Armor For Sleep
160,007
130,434
56
The Early November
159,345
101,164
57
Cursive
147,444
110,680
58
mewithoutYou
140,151
140,470
59
Foxing
136,942
123,893
60
Oso Oso
135,692
70,371
61
It Looks Sad.
130,545
71,077
62
Drug Church
128,528
76,891
63
Pet Symmetry
126,574
41,457
64
Have Mercy
126,203
76,430
65
The Obsessives
126,150
32,978
66
Heart Attack Man
124,959
52,992
67
Fiddlehead
123,789
54,175
68
Jank
123,438
54,950
69
The Hotelier
120,006
90,351
70
Marietta
118,129
47,760
71
Jawbreaker
114,180
101,150
72
Pedro The Lion
110,628
68,654
73
The Format
108,496
87,155
74
Touché Amoré
106,485
170,862
75
I Hate Myself
104,199
40,969
76
Straylight Run
103,614
62,060
77
Mat Kerekes
101,890
59,111
78
Man Overboard
100,715
104,468
79
Midtown
93,384
49,619
80
Quicksand
92,428
83,705
81
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
81,964
128,254
82
Into It. Over It.
79,927
53,020
83
You Blew It!
75,544
34,591
84
Rufio
73,833
78,763
85
The Lawrence Arms
73,732
68,911
86
Defeater
72,078
112,286
87
Sparta
67,350
76,749
88
Transit
66,969
66,691
89
Cap'n Jazz
66,671
75,012
90
Old Gray
65,937
52,718
91
Braid
65,279
40,990
92
Camping In Alaska
64,808
23,085
93
Dismemberment Plan
63,274
59,125
94
Reggie And The Full Effect
62,165
42,108
95
Samiam
61,224
42,082
96
The Juliana Theory
57,565
40,931
97
Seahaven
54,880
75,597
98
Rival Schools
53,574
41,675
99
Further Seems Forever
53,257
40,767
100
Pity Sex
50,964
57,007
101
Jets To Brazil
50,027
48,986
102
The Promise Ring
49,394
55,480
103
Mineral
45,296
59,373
104
Owen
44,669
49,765
105
Texas Is The Reason
44,381
39,359
106
Rites of Spring
44,277
61,613
107
Pianos Become The Teeth
42,403
79,735
108
Orchid
39,087
39,793
109
Somos
38,706
20,800
110
Pretty Girls Make Graves
38,596
27,274
111
The Cardboard Swords
37,352
30,737
112
Dads
37,146
36,955
113
The Movielife
34,564
30,363
114
Polar Bear Club
33,960
46,382
115
Piebald
29,663
25,132
116
Rainer Maria
29,392
25,157
117
Jawbox
29,053
40,425
118
The Appleseed Cast
27,247
45,005
119
Boys Night Out
27,145
36,077
120
Q And Not U
26,691
22,699
121
Embrace
24,411
23,445
122
Saetia
22,926
29,880
123
Hot Rod Circuit
21,207
19,604
124
Moneen
19,989
18,791
125
Sense Field
19,763
13,999
126
Drive Like Jehu
19,695
52,248
127
I Am The Avalanche
19,193
28,865
128
Such Gold
19,055
34,530
129
Fireworks
19,052
36,050
130
Indian Summer
18,664
16,159
131
Bear Vs. Shark
18,436
27,554
132
Northstar
18,023
16,073
133
Forests
18,010
15,182
134
The Casket Lottery
18,005
16,547
135
The Anniversary
17,917
22,199
136
The Forecast
17,695
9,677
137
Lifetime
16,892
24,702
138
Moss Icon
16,677
20,494
139
Pageninetynine
15,997
28,780
140
Planes Mistaken For Stars
14,960
19,108
141
The Jazz June
14,299
10,136
142
Hey Mercedes
13,449
19,010
143
Knapsack
13,269
17,716
144
One Last Wish
12,704
12,876
145
The New Amsterdams
12,451
18,033
146
Brandtson
12,177
7,930
147
No Knife
12,109
10,404
148
Penfold
11,428
13,884
149
City of Caterpillar
11,187
22,623
150
The Jealous Sound
10,702
14,946
151
Loma Prieta
10,208
27,882
152
Elliott
9,526
18,299
153
Joan Of Arc
9,455
21,472
154
Small Brown Bike
8,318
16,837
155
The Saddest Landscape
7,926
20,151
156
Christie Front Drive
7,659
15,093
157
Grade
7,381
10,045
158
Boys Life
6,674
7,595
159
Burning Airlines
6,661
11,057
160
Twelve Hour Turn
6,304
4,430
161
Portraits of Past
5,581
11,680
162
Jejune
5,431
4,239
163
Boilermaker
4,676
3,484
164
Vitreous Humor
3,896
2,983
165
Engine Down
3,751
7,655
166
The Gloria Record
3,464
8,936
167
The Van Pelt
3,381
7,580
168
Swing Kids
3,298
8,515
169
Still Life
2,984
5,110
170
Fairweather
2,795
5,554
171
Love of Everything
1,939
876
172
Ethel Meserve
1,346
1,957
173
Boy Rex
1,228
1,654

Some info about emo

Emo, short for "emotional hardcore," is a music genre that emerged from the hardcore punk scene of Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s. Initially dubbed "emocore," emo was characterized by an expressive and confessional lyricism melded with the intense, fast-paced aggression of hardcore punk. Over the years, emo evolved, branching into a more mainstream genre that integrated pop and rock elements, which significantly broadened its appeal.

The birth of emo is often attributed to the band Rites of Spring, which formed in 1984. Fronted by Guy Picciotto and including drummer Brendan Canty, they sought to break from the strict, often emotionally detached confines of traditional hardcore punk by incorporating introspective lyrics and a more melodic approach to songwriting. This introspection soon became a hallmark of the genre, tapping into personal feelings of angst, love, and despair. Following closely were bands like Embrace and Moss Icon, which contributed to defining the early emo sound and ethos.

As emo music progressed into the 1990s, it began to diverge from its hardcore roots, embracing a softer and more indie rock influence. This period saw the emergence of second-wave emo bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, whose 1994 album "Diary" is often hailed as a seminal emo work, and Jawbreaker. These bands introduced a complex duality between melody and dissonance, creating deeply emotional and layered musical textures.

The late 1990s and early 2000s marked the entry of emo into the mainstream with bands like My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, and Dashboard Confessional. These groups brought emo to a broader audience, achieving significant commercial success with more polished sounds and major record label backing. Jimmy Eat World’s album "Bleed American," particularly the hit single "The Middle," played a critical role in catapulting emo into top 40 radio stations and MTV playlists.

Another pivotal phase for emo was characterized by the advent of what is often referred to as "emo-pop." Bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic! at The Disco managed to blend catchy pop hooks with the emotional depth and angst typical of traditional emo. Their success in the mid-to-late 2000s helped cement emo's place in the mainstream music scene, although often at the cost of criticism from purists who felt the genre was straying too far from its hardcore punk roots.

Emo has always maintained a significant cultural presence in the United States, particularly among suburban American teens. However, its influence can also be found internationally, in countries like Canada, the UK, and Australia, where vibrant emo scenes have developed.

Throughout its development, emo has been marked by its passionate fan base and its members' strong sense of identity and community. Despite the genre’s evolution and commercialization, at its core, emo has remained a channel for expressing emotion, with an emphasis on authenticity and self-expression.

In considering emo's legacy and impact, it's essential to recognize the genre's role in shaping youth culture and indie music. As emo continues to evolve, it constantly engages new generations of fans, ensuring its place in the dynamic landscape of popular music.