stylistic origins: Melodic Hardcore, Hardcore Punk, Indie Rock, Post Hardcore
cultural origins: Mid 1980s, Washington D.C.
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stylistic origins: Melodic Hardcore, Hardcore Punk, Indie Rock, Post Hardcore
cultural origins: Mid 1980s, Washington D.C.

Emo is a genre of music that originated from hardcore punk and adopted pop-punk influences later on in the 2000s when it became mainstream. It has since come to describe several variations of music with common roots and associated fashion and stereotypes.

In the mid 1980s, the term "emo" described a subgenre of hardcore punk which stemmed from the Washington, D.C. music scene. In later years, the term “emocore”, short for "emotional hardcore", was also used to describe the emotional performances of bands in the Washington, D.C. scene and some of the offshoot regional scenes such as Rites of Spring, Embrace, One Last Wish, Beefeater, Gray Matter, Fire Party and later, Moss Icon.

Starting in the mid 1990s, the term "emo" began to refer to the indie scene that followed the influences of Fugazi, which itself was an offshoot of the first wave of emo. Bands including Sunny Day Real Estate and Texas Is the Reason had a more indie rock style of emo, which is more melodic and less chaotic. The so-called "indie emo" scene survived until the late 1990s, as many of the bands either disbanded or shifted to mainstream styles. As the remaining indie emo bands entered the mainstream, newer bands began to emulate the mainstream style. As a result, the term "emo" became a vaguely defined identifier rather than a specific genre of music.

From about 2004 to the present, emo refers to pop-punk bands such as Good Charlotte, Fall Out Boy and Simple Plan who took the influence of original indie emo acts and mixed them with pop-punk in the like of Blink-182.

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