The Golden Era gave emo its unequivocally best songs, and it also birthed a number of bands and artists who would go on to become both huge commercial successes and revered darlings of independent music. These are its 30 essential songs, presented chronologically. Check out the full story here:
  1. Jawbox – “Savory” (from For Your Own Special Sweetheart, January 1994)
  2. Sunny Day Real Estate – “In Circles” (from Diary, March 1994 )
  3. Policy Of 3 - "Nine Years Old" (from the American Woodworking 7", September 1994)
  4. Cap’n Jazz – “Little League” (from Burritos, Inspiration Point, Fork Balloon Sports, Cards In The Spokes, Automatic Biographies, Kites, Kung Fu, Trophies, Banana Peels We’ve Slipped On And Egg Shells We’ve Tippy Toed Over, January 1995)
  5. Jawbreaker – “Jet Black” (from Dear You, September 1995)
  6. Texas Is The Reason – “Johnny On The Spot” (from Do You Know Who You Are?, April 1995)
  7. Christie Front Drive – “Radio” (from Christie Front Drive, June 1996)
  8. Weezer – “Tired Of Sex” (from Pinkerton, September 1996)
  9. Mineral - "Gloria" (from The Power Of Failing, January 1997)
  10. The Promise Ring – “Red & Blue Jeans” (from Nothing Feels Good, October 1997)
  11. Rainer Maria – “Tinfoil” (from Past Worn Searching, December 1997)
  12. Braid - “A Dozen Roses” (from Frame And Canvas, April 1998)
  13. At The Drive-In – “Napoleon Solo” (from In/Casino/Out, August 1998)
  14. Jets To Brazil – “Chinatown” (from Orange Rhyming Dictionary, October 1998)
  15. Jimmy Eat World – “For Me This Is Heaven” (from Clarity, September 1999)
  16. Piebald – “Grace Kelly With Wings” (from If It Weren’t For Venetian Blinds, It Would Be Curtains For Us All, May 1999)
  17. Further Seems Forever – “New Year’s Project” (from the From The 27th State split EP, July 1999)
  18. The Casket Lottery – “Midway” (from Choose Bronze, July 1999)
  19. Planes Mistaken For Stars – “Copper And Stars” (from Planes Mistaken For Stars, August 1999)
  20. American Football – “Never Meant” (from American Football, September 1999)
  21. The Get Up Kids – “Holiday” (from Something To Write Home About, The Get Up Kids, September 1999)
  22. Saves The Day – “Rocks Tonic Juice Magic” (from Through Being Cool, November 1999)
  23. The Anniversary – “The D In Detroit” (from Designing A Nervous Breakdown, January 2000)
  24. The Appleseed Cast – “Forever Longing The Golden Sunsets” (from Mare Vitalis, March 2000)
  25. Death Cab For Cutie – “Title Track” (from We Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes, March 2000)
  26. Cursive – “The Martyr” (from Domestica, June 2000)
  27. Elliott – “Calm Americans” (from False Cathedrals, August 2000)
  28. Thursday – “Understanding In A Car Crash” (from Full Collapse, April 2001)
  29. Brand New – “Jude Law And A Semester Abroad” (from Your Favorite Weapon, October 2001)
  30. Desaparecidos – “Greater Omaha” (from Read Music/Speak Spanish, February 2002)