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27 Bands That 2000s Screamo Kids Loved

Because you whisper-screamed along to most of these bands. Admit it.

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1. Taking Back Sunday

From: Long Island, New YorkRecommended Listening: Tell All Your Friends (2003)Scream Along If: You and your best friend are having a really big fight about a girl.
Victory

From: Long Island, New York

Recommended Listening: Tell All Your Friends (2003)

Scream Along If: You and your best friend are having a really big fight about a girl.

2. Thursday

From: New Brunswick, New JerseyRecommended Listening: War All the Time (2003)Scream Along If: You hate the man, man, and would rather die than wear a suit to work.
Island

From: New Brunswick, New Jersey

Recommended Listening: War All the Time (2003)

Scream Along If: You hate the man, man, and would rather die than wear a suit to work.

3. Silverstein

From: Burlington, Ontario, CanadaRecommended Listening: Discovering the Waterfront (2005)Scream Along If: You were recently broken up with but, because you're Canadian, you can't stop apologizing.
Victory

From: Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Recommended Listening: Discovering the Waterfront (2005)

Scream Along If: You were recently broken up with but, because you're Canadian, you can't stop apologizing.

4. Hawthorne Heights

From: Dayton, OhioRecommended Listening: The Silence in Black and White (2004)Scream Along If: Your heart is in Ohiiiiooooooooo.
Victory

From: Dayton, Ohio

Recommended Listening: The Silence in Black and White (2004)

Scream Along If: Your heart is in Ohiiiiooooooooo.

5. Senses Fail

From: Ridgewood, New JerseyRecommended Listening: Let It Enfold You (2004)Scream Along If: You have an obsession with fire. (And blood. And murder. And stuff like that.)
Vagrant

From: Ridgewood, New Jersey

Recommended Listening: Let It Enfold You (2004)

Scream Along If: You have an obsession with fire. (And blood. And murder. And stuff like that.)

6. Finch

From: Temecula, CaliforniaRecommended Listening: What it is to Burn (2002)Scream Along If: You want to practice holding a scream for 10 straight seconds.
Drive-Thru / MCA

From: Temecula, California

Recommended Listening: What it is to Burn (2002)

Scream Along If: You want to practice holding a scream for 10 straight seconds.

7. Glassjaw

From: Long Island, New YorkRecommended Listening: Worship and Tribute (2002)Scream Along If: You want to practice screaming and your vocal runs at the same time.
Warner Bros.

From: Long Island, New York

Recommended Listening: Worship and Tribute (2002)

Scream Along If: You want to practice screaming and your vocal runs at the same time.

8. The Used

From: Orem, UtahRecommended Listening: The Used (2002)Scream Along If: You want to practice screaming and throwing up at the same time.
Reprise

From: Orem, Utah

Recommended Listening: The Used (2002)

Scream Along If: You want to practice screaming and throwing up at the same time.

9. Alexisonfire

From: St. Catharines, Ontario, CanadaRecommended Listening: Watch Out! (2004)Screaming Along If: You have a friend with an amazing voice and guitar chops to compliment your screaming.
Distort / Equal Vision

From: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Recommended Listening: Watch Out! (2004)

Screaming Along If: You have a friend with an amazing voice and guitar chops to compliment your screaming.

10. Emery

From: Rock Hill, South CarolinaRecommended Listening: The Question (2005)Scream Along If: If you're OK with only screaming a few times per song.
Tooth & Nail

From: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Recommended Listening: The Question (2005)

Scream Along If: If you're OK with only screaming a few times per song.

11. Underoath

From: Tampa, FloridaRecommended Listening: They're Only Chasing Safety (2004)Scream Along If: You want to scream about Jesus.
Solid State

From: Tampa, Florida

Recommended Listening: They're Only Chasing Safety (2004)

Scream Along If: You want to scream about Jesus.

12. The Fall of Troy

From: Mukilteo, WashingtonRecommended Listening: Doppelgänger (2005)Scream Along If: You want to practice screaming and playing difficult guitar riffs at the same time.
Equal Vision

From: Mukilteo, Washington

Recommended Listening: Doppelgänger (2005)

Scream Along If: You want to practice screaming and playing difficult guitar riffs at the same time.

13. Boys Night Out

From: Burlington, Ontario, Canada (Canada, amirite?!)Recommended Listening: Make Yourself Sick (2003)Scream Along If: You're a little bit screamo and a little bit pop-punk.
Ferret Records

From: Burlington, Ontario, Canada (Canada, amirite?!)

Recommended Listening: Make Yourself Sick (2003)

Scream Along If: You're a little bit screamo and a little bit pop-punk.

14. Story of the Year

From: St. Louis, MissouriRecommended Listening: Page Avenue (2003)Scream Along If: Your heartbreak is so bad you just want to die. Or you metaphorically already died. Something about dying.
Maverick

From: St. Louis, Missouri

Recommended Listening: Page Avenue (2003)

Scream Along If: Your heartbreak is so bad you just want to die. Or you metaphorically already died. Something about dying.

15. Thrice

From: Irvine, CaliforniaRecommended Listening: The Artist in the Ambulance (2003)Scream Along If: You want to scream in odd time signatures.
Island

From: Irvine, California

Recommended Listening: The Artist in the Ambulance (2003)

Scream Along If: You want to scream in odd time signatures.

16. Atreyu

From: Orange County, CaliforniaRecommended Listening: The Curse (2004)Scream Along If: You thought the only thing holding Bon Jovi back was a lack of screaming.
Victory

From: Orange County, California

Recommended Listening: The Curse (2004)

Scream Along If: You thought the only thing holding Bon Jovi back was a lack of screaming.

17. Chiodos

From: Davison, MichiganRecommended Listening: All's Well That Ends Well (2005)Scream Along If: You want to practice jumping back and forth from a falsetto to a scream.
Equal Vision

From: Davison, Michigan

Recommended Listening: All's Well That Ends Well (2005)

Scream Along If: You want to practice jumping back and forth from a falsetto to a scream.

18. From First to Last

From: Tampa, FloridaRecommended Listening: Dear Diary, My Teenage Angst Has A Bodycount (2004)Scream Along If: That fact that Skrillex used to front this screamo band makes you want to scream screams of joy.
Epitaph

From: Tampa, Florida

Recommended Listening: Dear Diary, My Teenage Angst Has A Bodycount (2004)

Scream Along If: That fact that Skrillex used to front this screamo band makes you want to scream screams of joy.

19. A Day To Remember

From: Ocala, FloridaRecommended Listening: For Those Who Have Heart (2007)Scream Along If: You would like pop-punk more if it had screaming in it.
Victory

From: Ocala, Florida

Recommended Listening: For Those Who Have Heart (2007)

Scream Along If: You would like pop-punk more if it had screaming in it.

20. Poison the Well

From: Miami, FloridaRecommended Listening: You Come Before You (2003)Scream Along If: You prefer your screamo to be 80% screaming, 20% singing.
Atlantic

From: Miami, Florida

Recommended Listening: You Come Before You (2003)

Scream Along If: You prefer your screamo to be 80% screaming, 20% singing.

21. From Autumn to Ashes

From: Long Island, New YorkRecommended Listening: The Fiction We Live (2003)Scream Along If: You have a friend who can do the singing parts while you scream over them.
Vagrant

From: Long Island, New York

Recommended Listening: The Fiction We Live (2003)

Scream Along If: You have a friend who can do the singing parts while you scream over them.

22. Saosin

From: Newport Beach, CaliforniaRecommended Listening: Translating the Name EP (2003)Scream Along If: You can hit the high notes.
Death Do Us Part

From: Newport Beach, California

Recommended Listening: Translating the Name EP (2003)

Scream Along If: You can hit the high notes.

23. Funeral for a Friend

From: Bridgend, WalesRecommended Listening: Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation (2003)Scream Along If: You just can't wait until the breakdown happens.
Atlantic / Mighty Atom / Ferret

From: Bridgend, Wales

Recommended Listening: Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation (2003)

Scream Along If: You just can't wait until the breakdown happens.

24. The Receiving End of Sirens

From: Boston, MassachusettsRecommended Listening: Between the Heart and the Synapse (2005)Scream Along If: You love screaming almost as much as you love three-part harmonies.
Triple Crown Records

From: Boston, Massachusetts

Recommended Listening: Between the Heart and the Synapse (2005)

Scream Along If: You love screaming almost as much as you love three-part harmonies.

25. Dance Gavin Dance

From: Sacramento, CaliforniaRecommended Listening: Downtown Battle Mountain (2007)Scream Along If: You also have a thing for math rock.
Rise

From: Sacramento, California

Recommended Listening: Downtown Battle Mountain (2007)

Scream Along If: You also have a thing for math rock.

26. A Static Lullaby

From: Chino Hills, CaliforniaRecommended Listening: And Don't Forget to Breathe (2003)Scream Along If: You enjoyed screaming along to every other album on the list, and you still have some screaming left in you.
Ferret

From: Chino Hills, California

Recommended Listening: And Don't Forget to Breathe (2003)

Scream Along If: You enjoyed screaming along to every other album on the list, and you still have some screaming left in you.

27. Circa Survive

From: Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaRecommended Listening: Juturna (2005)Scream Along If: You like screamo but don't really like screamo. (Also: You just watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and it gave you a bad case of the feels.)
Equal Vision

From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Recommended Listening: Juturna (2005)

Scream Along If: You like screamo but don't really like screamo. (Also: You just watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and it gave you a bad case of the feels.)

Obligatory playlist. If you have any questions about emo or pop-punk, please consult those respective lists.

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DISCLAIMER: WTF?! THIS ISN'T SCREAMO?!

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No, it technically isn't. But before you get your asymmetrical bangs in a bunch, breathe normally and chill. Yeah, the term "screamo" happened way before the 2000s, and the ~proper lineage~ can be more closely traced to 2000s bands like Orchid, Circle Takes the Square, City of Caterpillar, etc. In fact, you and your tight-fitting black scenester t-shirt could argue that the term "screamo" was improperly applied to the bands on the list by Hot Topic employees who didn't know any better, which is a fair assessment.

Probably the most accurate term for this kind of music is "post-hardcore," but that term is boring and lacks any impact. You would not click on a list with the word "post-hardcore" in it. So, we're just going to go with screamo and if you want to throw a temper tantrum about it, we can't stop you. (And we honestly don't care).

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