11 Early 2000's Emo Songs That Will Still Make You Feel Weird

11 Early 2000's Emo Songs That Will Still Make You Feel Weird

Remember when you could still have feelings?
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Whether you consider it third wave emo or fourth wave emo or hundred millionth wave emo or pop punk or “that pussy shit,” it’s pretty undeniable that there was something happening in mainstream music in the early to mid-2000’s that didn’t sound like pop and only sometimes sounded like rock. My iTunes likes to call it “alternative.” That’s also how middle-aged people describe me, so I guess it works.

I never stopped listening to this stuff. When I’m in control of the aux cord, or tasked with playing anything anywhere, the usual reaction is “Oh my God! I haven’t listened to this in years!” To which I can only say “Hahaha. This has a hold on me I will never escape. I listen to Panic! at the Disco every day. Hahaha.”

This music is still emotionally manipulative--simplistic in its approach and sharp in intensity. It cushioned our worst days when we were younger, and for that we should remember it, even if we haven't thought about it in years.

I understand that most of us have moved on to newer music, or at lease those of us who don’t want to live in a constant, cloying haze of soul-crushing nostalgia. However, if nothing else, I do think that most of our mid-2000s emo has a singular timeless quality to it—it’s always good to feel sad about. That’s why it was invented, really.

1. "Everything We Had" - The Academy Is…

This song is like walking home from high school in the dead of winter, slipping on black ice and knowing that no matter how cold it gets outside, there is no pain that matches the pain of love.

Saddest Lyric: “Take the pain out of love and then love won’t exist.”

2. "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" - Death Cab for Cutie

This song is like your windshield wiper passing slowly over the rain-splattered window, smearing red and yellow tail lights into paintbrush streaks that make your eyes feel glazed. You're on your way to them. You'd follow them anywhere.

Saddest Lyric: “Love of mine, someday you will die. But I’ll be close behind—I’ll follow you into the dark.”

3. "Ohio is For Lovers" - Hawthorne Heights

Do you remember what it was like? You were a teenager with too much eyeliner, too many hormones, surrounded by preps and parents that just didn't understand. This song is like pulling on fingerless black gloves and screaming to yourself while you rock back and forth, trapped in a tempest of emotions and feelings and adolescence.

Saddest Lyric: “So cut my wrists and black my eyes, so I can fall asleep tonight… OR DIE.”

4. "Your Guardian Angel" - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

This song is sitting in the back of your summer love's car while he sings it to you, accompanied with his out-of-tune acoustic guitar. It's the warmth of the pavement on a summer day and rushing into someone's arms because something awful happened and you have nowhere else to go.

Saddest Lyric: “'Cause you’re my true love, my whole heart, please don’t throw that away. 'Cause I’m here for you, please don’t walk away and please tell me you’ll stay.

5. "Northern Downpour" - Panic (!) At The Disco

Northern Downpour is like walking into a room of your oldest friends. They sit around a fire. They welcome you. You warm your hands on the flames and think of how lucky you are. When you open your eyes, there is nothing there. Your oldest friends are gone. The fire is gone. It is only you, and you alone.

Saddest Lyric: “I know the world’s a broken bone, but melt your headaches, call it home.

6. "Cancer" - My Chemical Romance

This song feels like loss. The kind that grips you by the throat and squeezes. It arcs over you like cold water from a fountain left on too late in the season, and reflects lights from skyscrapers. It should be beautiful, but it's too cold.

Saddest Lyric: “'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving you.

7. "Blue and Yellow" - The Used

Blue and Yellow is scraping your nails against your skin as you try to stop yourself from saying the only thing you want to say. You feel snowflakes settling on your clothes and skin, but it's soft enough, so you don't mind. Your hands tremble and so do theirs. You somehow still feel the pressure of their presence, even when they turn and walk away.

Saddest Lyric: “Should have done something, but I’ve done it enough. By the way, your hands were shaking. I’d rather waste my time with you.”

8. "You’re So Last Summer" - Taking Back Sunday

How many times have you done this? You tear the same picture to shreds again and again, only to try and piece it back together when regret settles over your aching joints. This song is mean, miserable, angry, and desperate to prove itself. And so are you.

Saddest Lyric: “The truth is you could slit my throat and with my one last gasping breath I’d apologize for bleeding on your shirt.”*

*Author’s Note: The most emo.

9. "What A Catch, Donnie" - Fall Out Boy

This song is like pushing yourself away from the shore in a boat that you know will start taking on water any second, but you go on your way. You'll go down with it. It's lonely on the sea, but you've always been lonely, haven't you?

Saddest Lyric: I’ve got troubled thoughts and the self-esteem to match. What a catch. And all I can think of is the way I’m the one who charmed the one who gave up on you.”

10. "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" - Brand New

This song is like trying to eat dead leaves and then choking when they cut your throat. Diamonds of blood issue from your throat, and you collect them and try to sell them as rubies. No one buys any. (If it doesn’t remind you of your ex, you can think about my ex, because I sure as hell am, and it sucks.)

Saddest Lyric: “If it makes you less sad, I’ll move out of this state. You can keep to yourself. I’ll keep out of your way.”

11. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" - Green Day

This is not easy for me to talk about, because this song makes my head fall off my body and roll into the gutter, where it lays and cries until it can gather up the strength to get back on my shoulders and cry some more. Maybe I don’t need to say much—I think this song might be genetically engineered to make you really, really sad.

It’s about the lead singer’s father, who passed away when he was really young. Sometimes, when he sings it on stage, he looks up the sky and cries. It’s heartbreaking. Oh God. I’ll see you guys later, I have to go get my dismembered head out of the rain-soaked gutter.

Saddest Lyric: “Here comes the rain again, falling from the stars. Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are.”

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Picking Passion Over Pressure Is The Answer To A Fulfillng Life

Don't crack under pressure, flourish with passion.

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What motivates your actions? The answer to this critical question can determine whether or not you are living a fulfilling life. Many of us follow a social script as if we are reading lines from a play. We succumb to the influence of those around us and roam aimlessly in the direction of the masses.

The concept of living within the confinement of certain "norms" is an expectation society calls us to uphold, and it is not an entirely negative idea. But when life becomes "a series of motions to go through", this expectation can become problematic. When you find yourself stressed out about doing whatever it is you think that you have to do, stop and ask yourself if it makes you truly happy. Are you pursuing your passion or are you just performing under pressure? To find true contentment in your life, pick passion over pressure.

Be an individual before an identity.

When people first introduce themselves to a new friend or group of people, they are quick to jump to aspects of their life that compose their identity. Many of us define ourselves by what it is we do, and not necessarily who we actually are. For example, this can include identifying as a member of a club or sports team or even defining yourself based on accolades and accomplishments you have achieved. While these are definitely adequate ways to distinguish yourself from others, have you ever stopped to look beneath the surface? It is important to know what unique qualities make you an individual and not just a part of a larger entity.

By viewing yourself as an individual, you will find your passions in life more easily and find genuine enjoyment in all that you do. Taking on an identity will only hold you under unnecessary pressure to fulfill a role that could leave you feeling unsatisfied later on.

Become self-aware.

To find out what makes you truly happy, you need to establish a clear sense of who you are. Fostering self-awareness is a journey, and it can be discovered through life experiences. In order to figure out what you love doing, push yourself out of your comfort zone to figure out what you don't love doing. This can mean joining a new club, taking a challenging class, or working in an environment that you are unfamiliar with. Once you begin to discover how you react in certain situations, use these personality traits to your advantage.

Don't make the same mistake twice, and avoid taking on a position that you know would not be compatible with your lifestyle. By becoming self-aware, you will discover your passion more easily and will be able to take on realistic opportunities that will prove to be fulfilling. When you try to become someone you are not, it will seem like there is always a lingering pressure to "keep up the act", and it will be harder to accomplish tasks because you don't truly enjoy doing them.

View outside opinions with a filtered lens.

Don't let others dictate your future. When you make life decisions based on what other people think is best for you, you will be pleasing everyone except yourself. Consciously decide whose opinions are valid, meaningful, and constructive to your life. This can include the wisdom of close friends and relatives, professors, or a boss that has known you for years. By finding out who knows you best and who truly desires the best for your life, you can tune out the background noise and hone in on the few voices that actually do matter.

Place value in what these people have to say, and take the words of others with a grain of salt. Avoid letting irrelevant or negative opinions linger in your mind. If you allow the influence of others to infiltrate your decision making, you will find yourself in many regrettable situations and unsatisfied with the outcome of your choices. By subscribing to the helpful advice shared by those closest to you, you can foster your true passion.

Practice positive thinking. 

You can't find out what makes you happy in life without actually experiencing what happiness is. To discover your passion, adopt a positive mindset. Get out of the habit of mentally putting yourself down, and take the word "can't" out of your thought process. The more mental blocks you put on yourself, the less likely you are to have good experiences. Release your inhibitions and train your brain seek positivity in any situation.

Don't allow minor inconveniences to disturb you, and remind yourself of the saying that "it is only a bad day, not a bad life." In doing so, the positive choices you make will lead you in the direction of your passion so that you can live a fulfilling life.

Be open to new ideas. 

Keeping an open mind will allow you to experience life from a new perspective. Even when something seems foreboding, treat it as a lesson. If you cannot think of a positive quality for the situation you find yourself in, then don't assign your circumstances any qualities at all. If you keep a neutral mindset, you will eliminate the possibility for disappointment. This will encourage learning and growth, which are essential in your journey to finding your true passion.

Being open to new ideas will help you avoid sticking to the status quo. By taking part in something you have never done before, you are less likely to find yourself confined by what others expect you to do.

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