I don’t know about ya’ll, but my emo phase was in full effect by the time I hit middle school.
I was wearing too much eyeliner and buying hair extensions in every color available. Not to mention wearing finger-less gloves (why?) and colored skinny jeans were everywhere! I was living for the scene queen aesthetic.
Take a journey with me back to the early 2000’s, and enjoy this list of songs you most definitely were rocking out to in middle school.
This playlist is for all the alternative black girls who were ever called “oreo” or “too white” for liking punk and rock music.
“Welcome To The Black Parade” – My Chemical Romance
The G note. Had to start the list off with a classic. My Chemical Romance was the emo band. 2004
“I Write Sins Not Tragedies” – Panic! At The Disco
What a beautiful and strange wedding. Let’s not forget Brendon Urie’s amazing eyeliner look. 2005
“Helena (So Long & Goodnight)” – My Chemical Romance
Funeral goals. One of the best videos of the early 2000s. 2004
“Misery Business” – Paramore
Living for OG Hayley Williams with three shades of orange in her hair. This video is a classic! 2007
“In The End” – Linkin Park
So while making this list, I found out that this song actually came out in 2000. That goes to show you how timeless Linkin Park is. 2000
“Bring Me To Life” – Evanescence
This song is totally a meme now, but still a good song nonetheless. 2004
“My Immortal” – Evanescence
Don’t pretend you didn’t sit in your room and cry to this song at least once. 2000
“Face Down” – Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
This is one of those songs that I didn’t realize had a really good message until I got older. 2006
“Numb” – Linkin Park
R.I.P. Chester Bennington. This song will stay with me forever. 2003
“Broken” – Seether ft. Amy Lee
Let’s be honest, Amy Lee makes this song amazing. 2004
“Paralyzer” – Finger Eleven
Another group where I’ve definitely only heard this one song. From what I remember, this was used in alot of Youtube tutorials back in the day. 2007
“Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard
This is one of those songs where the first few seconds of it you have no idea what it is but then the chorus comes and before you realize it you’re rocking out and singing along. 2003
“Decode” – Paramore
From the Twilight soundtrack. Yes I loved that movie and I read the books before it was cool. #TeamJacob. 2008
“All Around Me” – Flyleaf
The alternative christian band we didn’t know we needed in our lives. 2005
“Never Too Late” – Three Days Grace
Powerful song with a powerful message. 2006
“Let Me Go” – 3 Doors Down
“You love me, but you don’t know who I am.” 2005
“That’s What You Get” – Paramore
“Why do we like to hurt so much?” Hits me right in the feels every time. I will gladly admit I’m a Paramore stan. 2007
“The Pretender” – Foo Fighters
This is definitely my favorite song by them and the video is epic! 2007
“I’m So Sick” – Flyleaf
This song definitely got me into metal. 2005
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