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Can We Guess If You Were You an Emo Kid?

Emo Kid

Emo kids were a popular subculture of rock that gained popularity in the 2000s. However, it originated in the 1980s on the heels of the punk rock and goth movements and centered around music. Emo bands such as Rites of Spring built on the energy of punk and hard rock, making their lyrics emotional and personal and the tempos slower. Characterized by emotional lyrics, dark themes, emo music became popular by the 1990s and was considered mainstream by the 2000s. By this time, emo was most commonly associated with suburban kids and teens with a distinct style and perspective on the society in which they lived. A rejection of mainstream culture, dark, tight clothing, and emo music defined this group of people. It quickly became parodied in popular culture, with sketches such as MadTV's "Tickle Me Emo" and memes making fun of the subculture.