40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time

C'mon get sad: the best of punk rock's moody younger sibling

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Jimmy Eat World, 'Bleed American' (2001)
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8. Jimmy Eat World, 'Bleed American' (2001)

Jimmy Eat World's 2001 album Bleed American propelled them from playing with underground bands like Mineral and Christie Front Drive to full-blown mainstream success – platinum certification, MTV play and a Top 10 single. The album, re-released as Jimmy Eat World following the 9/11 attacks, proved that emo wasn't just an enigmatic subculture. Hooky anthems like "Sweetness" and "The Middle" saw the band taking the rough-around-the-edges sound of 1996's Static Prevails and making it accessible enough for anyone pondering buying an iPod. Additional cred for featuring a shout-out to the Promise Ring's Davey von Bohlen on "A Praise Chorus." J.B.

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