‘I’m not okay’: 10 great emoments in honor of My Chemical Romance [SLIDESHOW]

A great thing happened musically during the first decade of the century. It was called emo music.

Now, intellectually this music may have been below subpar, but it was just so damn catchy and emotional. Who could hate it (even if you might have denied it to your friends)?

Today we mourn the loss of one of the bands that embodied what it meant to be emo, capturing the teen spirit of a pretentiously dark youth complaining about being white and middle class. My Chemical Romance tragically broke up last week.

How will we make it? Tragically, of course, by using this moment to indulge ourselves in the emo bands that got us through the early 2000s with by making us (or at least letting us) feel all existential and dramatic.

Let’s pour some out for our homies. We salute you, My Chemical Romance.

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  • Brand New was a little bit darker than the average emo band. But their song "Soco Amaretto Lime" became an anthem for high school graduates, who basked in the glory of their youth by singing "You're just jealous 'cause we're young and in love."
  • Panic! at the Disco was a little late to the mainstream emo party, but nonetheless made their mark with excessive eye liner and catchy tunes.
  • Yellowcard's breakout album "Ocean Avenue" saw a lot of commercial success and made teenagers across middle America dream of being by the beach basking in the sunshine.
  • New Found Glory will forever be known in emo history for their hit "My Friends Over You." They had other good songs, but nobody cares because their first song was just so great.
  • No girl could stop herself from swooning at Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba. The band's songs were both sensitive and poignant, and they made you want to be passionately in love -- because apparently that's what you're supposed to do in high school. (Photo: Pollstar.com)
  • After their awesome song "Addicted," Simple Plan became extremely whiney and self -pitying troubadors of white people problems, with songs like "I'm sorry I can't be perfect," and "Welcome to my life."
  • Jimmy Eat World had great success with their single "The Middle" but the band's true impact lies in songs like "Sweetness" and "Bleed America." (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect)
  • One of the first breakout emo bands, Good Charlotte was known for being both dark and pop-y. And then one of the singers went on to marry Hillary Duff, so...yeah.
  • 'Thanks for the memories' Fall Out Boy. With song lyrics like 'where is your boy tonight/I hope he is a gentleman,' teenage girls across America were able to dream of one day meeting their knight in shining (black) armor.
  • How could you do this to us, My Chemical Romance? How are we supposed to get up every the morning and carry on with our sad lives without your screamo-emo music? (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

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