They Create an Image

Emo songs are all created in that image. This anonymous person comes alive in the song lyrics. The singer is famous and appears to be singing about his or her troubles, which may or may not be the case. The lyrics all involve an implied author expressing negative emotions about something that happened to him or her. In many cases, the angst that is being expressed in these videos is fairly generic and could apply to anyone. However, people will still listen to these songs over and over again, sharing in the generic angst of people who do not exist, demonstrating their commitment to exploring these feelings.

Personalized Songs in the Emo Subculture

Many of the lyrics in emo music are going to be highly individualized. The implied narrators of the songs are going to be talking in first person and emo songs are full of first person pronouns. This simple stylistic choice is going to make all the difference in terms of how these songs are going to be perceived.

On the one hand, the use of first person pronouns will make the song seem like it reflects the emotions of the singer in a way that feels that much more authentic. On the other hand, some detractors will say that the entire first person pronoun use is going to make the song feel much more like a bout of whining. Naturally, these individuals would usually feel the same way if the songs were in third person or the first person pronoun choice was reversed, but the personalized nature of the songs is only going to heighten the effect for them.

Of course, the lovers of emo music have a tendency to like the very things that the detractors dislike, so the personalized nature of many emo songs will draw them in from the start. Many people like songs where the singer almost seems like he or she is communicating with the audience. In the emo subculture, people pouring out their emotions on their blogs and livejournal accounts back in the day was common, to the point that the outside detractors would mock the situation. The emo subculture is one in which people are encouraged to express and to vent their feelings.

When people express and vent their feelings, it sometimes signals to other people that it is okay for them to express and to vent their own feelings, which is going to be an appealing prospect for the individuals who feel as if the way that they feel is constantly being trivialized and belittled.

Emo Music


Emo music culture is very poorly understood by the people who are not immersed in it. Lots of people today use the term ’emo’ as an insult, which should speak to just how poorly they’re going to comprehend the basic ideas behind the emo music culture. The scene subculture, to a certain extent, was formed as a reaction against the emo subculture in general. Many scene subculture members refused to be identified with the emo kids that were criticized by many other members of the culture at large. A greater, broader cultural understanding of the emo music subculture would make a huge difference when it comes to situations like these.

Emotional Expressiveness and the Emo Subculture

If emo music is anything, it is emotionally expressive. Most of the songs that are described as emo are going to be highly emotional songs that explore certain feelings. Emo songs will typically draw on emotions as the themes of their songs. They usually aren’t going to explore the more political themes that people will associate with punk, certain styles of rock, and folk music. Emo songs will try to evoke a particular emotion by singing about a particular emotion.

The emotions that emo music will explore most frequently will be negative emotions. While some of the songs from emo bands can be positive, people don’t usually turn to emo music because they are interested in elation. Pop music tends to be better at making people feel better for whatever reason. Emo songs tend to explore the darker sides of people’s emotional lives.

Many emo songs are fairly blatant about the fact that they explore the darker side of people’s emotional lives and their lives in general. This is a direct reaction to many of the broader trends in Western culture. People in the West, for the most part, are pressured to be optimistic and to avoid discussing their personal problems too much.

In the United States, people are expected to think positively all the time in accordance with the American idea that people can overcome any adversity through enough drive and determination, a belief that many Americans hold without any evidence at all. However, American children are at least socialized to believe in the importance of high self-esteem and individualism in general.

In many other cultures, individuals strongly expressing emotions of theirs is going to be discouraged because those cultures have a more collectivist approach, and no single person should be occupying anyone’s time by focusing only on their own problems. Either way, the results are the same. People are discouraged from expressing the feelings that are closest to them, or they’re going to risk coming across as either selfish or weak to a good portion of the individuals in their cultures.

One of the appeals of the emo subculture is that it is a space where people really are encouraged to voice what is troubling to them. While many emo people are seen as the sorts of people who will focus on their own problems at the exclusion of other people’s problems, this is a subculture that is actively defined by people wanting to listen to other people voice their problems. This is a subculture where people are constantly trying to keep and create a safe space for others. It is a place where people don’t feel the need to have to justify why they feel the way they do when they’re sad.