You Weren't REALLY An Emo Kid if You Didn't Scream These 37 Songs

You Weren't REALLY An Emo Kid if You Didn't Scream These 37 Songs

The ultimate playlist for every born-again scene kid.
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For as long as I can remember, music has always been an important part of my life. For the longest time, music was my only friend. Each band member was a part of my family, someone that I felt a true connection with. Every song, every word was like poetry, as if the bands had translated my feelings into music. I was that "emo" kid in high school, adorned with Hot Topic chains and band tees. I would strut down the hall my in my checkered Vans with skater friends, blaring the loudest screamo I could play on my iPod Touch.

Since unearthing my metalcore roots, I have felt like a kid again, before life became real and troubles were unknown. I felt carefree... wandering the halls like I was hot shit with no one to listen to. Stupid child... but I love the memories. Even though I will always and forever be a metalhead, my roots are ground deep in these bands.

These are the 37 songs that make me feel like that emo kid again:

1. If It Means A lot to You - A Day to Remember

NOW EVERYBODY'S SINGING LA... LALALA... LALALA!

2. Second and Sebring - Of Mice and Men

This was the first scream song I ever listened to... it will always be my anthem.

3. Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

I know you are singing the words right now... don't hold back.

4. Famous Last Words - My Chemical Romance

MCR was the definition of tween rebellion and I miss it.

5. Thnks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy

Need I say more...

6. If You are James Dean, I'm Audrey Hepburn - Sleeping With Sirens

I met Kellin Quinn when I was 14 in an Urban Outfitters and cried while singing this song to him...

7. Part of Me - Neck Deep

*SCREAMS LYRICS AS LOUD AND OFF PITCH AS POSSIBLE*

8. Dear Maria, Count Me In - All Time Low

I GOT YOUR PICTURE, IM COMING WITH YA

9. Time Bomb - All Time Low

I remember listening to this song for hours on abandon playgrounds while drinking airplane bottles of rum...oh high school.

10. Miles Away - Memphis May Fire ft Kellin Quinn

When Kellin came on stage in Warped Tour 2014 to sing this...Ded.

11. Stick Stickly - Attack Attack!

No one will ever make electronic keyboard and screamo sound as perfect as Attack Attack! and that's why they are Top 5.

12. Tears Don't Fall - Bullet For My Valentine

This music video though...

13. Bring Me To Life - Evanescence

Even if you aren't a scene kid, you love this song.

14. Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade

If you didn't cry about lost love to this song, were you even emo?

15. King for a Day - Pierce the Veil

Anddddddd Kellin Quinn dominated another song (what happened).

16. Stay Away From My Friends - Pierce the Veil

The ultimate fuck boi song.

17. The Red - Chenille

That bass though.

18. All Signs Point to Lauderdale - A Day To Remember

I HATE THIS TOWN

IT'S ALL WASHED UP

AND ALL MY FRIENDS DON'T GIVE A...well you can finish it.

19. Can You Feel My Heart - Bring Me The Horizon

Even though Suicide Season is better, this album put them on the map, and its fucking great.

20. Not The American Average - Asking Alexandria

This is a raunchy song and I didn't realize it 'til I was almost 18...

21. 40 Days... - blessthefall

My favorite song (and also the loudest set I have ever heard at Warped Tour)

22. Awakening - blessthefall

Second favorite...

23. The Anthem - Good Charlotte

I almost forgot this one and I am ashamed of myself.

24. All the Small Things - Blink 182

The roots of all punk music was born here.

25. Good Riddance - Green Day

This played at my middle school graduation and everyone cried while I sang the lyrics in happiness.

26. You Only Live Once - Suicide Silence

The original YOLO. #RIPMitch

27. Middle Fingers Up - Attila

My grandmother once told me that this song was obscene.

28. Savior - Rise Against

This is the only Rise Against song I remember, but do we need to know any others?

29. The Kill - 30 Seconds to Mars

The Jared Leto I remember, before he was a heroin addict and a transgender Aids victim (in his movies just saying).

30. Face Down - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

I have rediscovered this song and I have probably played it 17 times today.

31. Scars - Papa Roach

I TEAR MY HEART OPEN

I SEW MYSELF SHUT

32. Broken - Seether

A boy played this song for me on his guitar when I was 13 and my emo heart fell in love (yes, he was a skater boy in a punk band).

33. Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin

Their best song 10/10.

34. Holding On - Scary Kids Scaring Kids

I hope some of you are not so young that you don't remember this gem.

35. In The End - Linkin Park

Would you be a real emo kid if you didn't call Linking Park 'metal' and burn illegal copies on your computer?

36. Through Glass - Stone Sour

I remember trying to analyze what this song was about, trying to make it sound deep as shit.

37. I Hate Everything About You - Three Days Grace

Finally, it wouldn't be emo if I didn't include some angry Three Days Grace.

Bang on, my fellow emo kids. Enjoy the throwbacks.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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