Five emo classics that every music fan should listen to

These albums should be part of your collection.
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Fall Out Boy - From Under the Cork Tree (2005)

More poppy than the Rites of Spring or Weezer albums, this specific Fall Out Boy is still excellent because the hooks never seem worn. This was also a transitional album for the band as vocalist Pete Wentz took full control of the lyrics. He created introspective narratives while playing with different types of stanzas.

The music drives the record forward, however. This is especially true on the track, Sugar, We're Goin' Down" which is almost criminally catchy. You might not want the earworm stuck in your head for the next, well...decade, but sorry. It's going to be there. Then you will realize, just as with almost every other track on this album, even though you keep humming the tunes to yourself, you never really get tired of them.

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (2006)

There are some rankings of MCR albums that might have Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, the album that preceded The Black Parade, a notch about of ...Parade. Normally, to each their own, but is simply wrong. Not only is the scope of The Black Parade larger and fuller than Three Cheers... but the songs are arguably stronger. Each is a banger, highlighted by "This Is How I Disappear" and "Welcome to the Black Parade." But not mentioning all these tracks here seems somehow wrong.

A rock opera with an emo bent? Yes, please! Plus, My Chemical Romance throws nearly every idea at the production, including Liza Minelli making a cameo on "Mama," and it all works. Loud, bombastic, sometimes over-the-top vocals but still brilliantly done; it's all here. And you will be thankful it is. This isn't just the greatest emo album ever made, the record might be one of the 50 best of any genre ever created.

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