Emo rock music is making a comeback online, but is the genre here to stay? |

It’s safe to say that we’ve all gone through an emo stage.

At some point we’ve all probably incorporated the standard dark eyeliner, dark clothes, chains, maybe a neon hair shape/out of the ordinary haircut, or at least listened to hits like “Sk8er Boi”.

With emo fashion and artists like Avril Lavigne and Fefe Dobson returning to the limelight, is emo rock music making a comeback?

TikTok may have had some credit for in doing so, with hits such as Paramore’s “Misery Business” being among the popular audios during the pandemic. With the influence of the classics, artists such as Willow, Billie Eilish and Machine Gun Kelly have brought these tunes back into our hearts.

It is claimed that emo is considered a genre; many say it’s a subgenre of pop-punk. The difference? Emo music brings out more of our emotional and sensitive side, while pop-punk is perhaps more of our rebellious side (along with a political and social side). So what’s all the hype about?

With everything going on in the world, it might seem apt to say that we’ve been in our feelings (but not as Drake describes it). Many would also agree that music has been our therapy and our saving grace to consummate this so-called life.

Last month, an unexpected announcement was made that had all pop-punk fans and nostalgic millennials rushing to get tickets: The When We Were…

Who brought back this trend? Millennials? Generation Z?

Emo may have started for Millennials, but Gen X brought the wave of music back, especially the classics.

Another good thing with the return of emo music is that it’s becoming more diverse than ever. Willow, Billie Eilish and more have their take on the genre, drawing inspiration from OGs like Avril Lavigne. Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker also made several collaborations with such artists throughout his career and kept the genre alive.

What’s fascinating about emo music is the number of collaborations over the years (the infamous Punk Goes Pop, Punk Goes Crunk, the list goes on). Some artists mix lyrics into hip hop, with EDM tunes in the mix. Emo music is everywhere, whether we agree or not.

Over the years, emo music has never left. Take a look at the “When We Were Young” festival. Many artists are coming out of retirement, and new artists are more diverse than ever. Who knew Will Smith’s daughter would go from whipping her hair back and forth to becoming a rock star? We can conclude that we are moving towards an immersion of emo music that we so need in our lives and live in the future.

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