Most of the upset over the post stemmed from the use of “emo,” and why certain bands were categorized as such and others — deemed by some to be more worthy of the title — weren’t. Many of the bands I included in the list borrow from emo, pop, and punk alike, and in the early 2000s, they reached popularity along with the emo subculture. Emo and what it embodies has since evolved, along with pop culture in general.
But let’s kick it back to the 2000s for a second. Specifically, let’s look at the frontmen of popular emo bands from that time. Behold them in all their unkempt glory as you wade your way through our list of the hottest emo band frontmen.
P.S. Luv u guyz 4ever.
Tim Kasher of CursiveGetty Images
What wouldn’t you do for those sunglasses?
Jordan Pundick of New Found GloryGetty Images
The *~ear gauges~*.
Chris Conley of Saves the DayGetty Images
Chris Conley + guitar + hair flow = <3
Red-Haired Gerard Way of My Chemical RomanceGetty Images
Gotta say: G-Way’s looking good with blonde hair these days, too.
Travis Clark of We the KingsGetty Images
Weirdly jealous of that flow.
Jesse Lacey of Brand NewGetty Images
All the ladies want to be Jesse’s girl.
Martin Johnson of Boys Like GirlsGetty Images
“Martin Johnson uses Redken, so I started using Redken.”
Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate and Jack’s MannequinGetty Images
The man knows how to work a piano.
Raven-Haired Gerard Way of MCRGetty Images
Please go back to black, G-Way.
Ryan Key of YellowcardGetty Images
If we could find you now, Ryan Key, things would get better.
Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat WorldGetty Images
Is it just me or does Jim Adkins get better with age?
Pierre Bouvier of Simple PlanGetty Images
<3 Pierre, mon amour canadien <3
Brendon Urie of Panic! at the DiscoGetty Images
Do we prefer the guyliner or nah?
Tyson Ritter of All-American RejectsGetty Images
He knows it, too.
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard ConfessionalGetty Images
Heartthrob of all heartthrobs, Chris Carrabba has “Stolen” our hearts forever.