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23 Songs Every Former Emo Kid Will Never Forget

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1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" by My Chemical Romance (I mean...duh)

The angsty lyric that spoke to you: "What will it take to show you that it's not the life it seems?"

This was the music video that ignited your undying love for Frank Iero and affirmed your attraction to emo men. Gerard Way and the band just knew how much of an outcast you were and gave you an anthem that paved your way into emo-hood.

2. "Sugar We're Going Down" by Fall Out Boy

The angsty lyric that spoke to you: "I'll be your number one with a bullet / A loaded god complex, cock it and pull it."

FOB really helped you transition into your emo phase. Those impossible-to-understand lyrics, Pete Wentz's eyeliner, and Patrick Stump's trucker hat: perfection.


6. "Misery Business" by Paramore

The angsty lyric that spoke to you: "She's got it out for me / but I wear the biggest smile."

DAYUM that's some real shade right there. This was your ultimate revenge song and it made you feel totally badass. Also, you strived to have Hayley Williams' hair.


23. "Helena" by My Chemical Romance

The angsty lyric that spoke to you: "We'll meet again / when both our cars collide."

Because that's not depressing at all. Gerard Way paved the ~way~ for guyliner perfection and knew just the right amount to wear. MCR was your jam and the string that held your emo stage together.

Want to reminisce? Here's the playlist that will fulfill all of your '00s emo dreams.