Inspired by Stereogum’s “30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo,” I put together an all-emo 4:00 Free-For-All. I played a few tracks from Stereogum’s list, a few faves of my own, some newer fare, and even some screamo. Take a look and a listen. And cheer up, emo kid!

1. Sunny Day Real Estate “In Circles”
From their 1994 debut ‘Diary,’ perhaps the most important, respected album in the genre.

2. The Dismemberment Plan “The Ice Of Boston”
It’s New Year’s Eve in Boston, emo kid.

3. Piebald “American Hearts”
Hardcore alongside their Andover, MA neighbors Converge and Cave In, they’d later add an emotional edge.

4. Braid “Bang”
The Illinois outfit is on their third go-round together since 1993, and they released a new album this year. It’s called ‘No Coast’ and it’s good.

5. Jimmy Eat World “Lucky Denver Mint”
Arguably emo’s most successful act. (Just don’t call them that.)

6. Weezer “The Good Life”
Purists that shun “commercial” music would likely disagree, but I back Stereogum’s claim that Weezer’s ‘Pinkerton’ is an important album in the emo cannon.

7. The Get Up Kids “Mass Pike”
On the other hand, you’d be hard-pressed to find a music fan who doesn’t feel ‘Something To Write Home About’ by The Get Up Kids belongs in the aforementioned emo cannon.

8. The Jealous Sound “A Gentle Reminder”
Front man Blair Shehan started out in another emo act–Knapsack–before founding TJS in 2000. After a brief hiatus, the band released ‘A Gentle Reminder’ in 2012.

9. Saves The Day “At Your Funeral”
“This song will become the anthem of your underground,” sings Chris Conley. Yeah, it kinda did.

10. At The Drive-In “One Armed Scissor”
And suddenly, five lunatics from El Paso reminded everyone that “emo” is actually short for “emotional HARDCORE.”

11. Brand New “Sic Transit Gloria (Glory Fades)”
Then “emo” became “screamo…”

12. Taking Back Sunday “MakeDamnSure”
…and everyone fell in love with Adam Lazzara.

13. Dashboard Confessional “Screaming Infidelities”
Important to remember, though, that before everyone fell in love with Adam Lazzara, they were in love with Chris Carrabba.

14. Death Cab For Cutie “405”
Also important to remember that, before DCFC were an alt-rock juggernaut, they were that peculiar little emo band from outside Seattle.

15. Pinback “Proceed To Memory”
The San Diego indie rockers aren’t thought of as a core emo act, but they’re important nonetheless. And they put out one of their best albums to date in 2012’s ‘Information Retrieved.’

16. Sunny Day Real Estate “Lipton Witch”
We started with SDRE and we’ll end with them. “Lipton Witch” was recorded in 2009 and finally released this past April.