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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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3. Silverstein


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.


9. Alexisonfire

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.

12. The Fall of Troy

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

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, 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.


26. A Static Lullaby


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

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.


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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