This is a more light-hearted article inspired by the plethora of quotes and lyric articles I’ve seen on here. Fun fact: my favourite artists were Paramore and My Chemical Romance. Here’s a secret – I always listened to regular pop music but pretended I didn’t. My emo phase ended when I was around 15-16. The proof is in the pudding; if you have enough time to waste you can scroll back through my feed or go through my tumblr (@aqvamarina) archive you find the evidence of my emo era. Anyways, I’ve split this article up into mini-stages of emo from 2013 to 2015.

2013: Budding emo

Don’t waste your time on me, you’re already the voice inside my head (I miss you) // I Miss You – Blink-182
She built up a world of magic, because her real life was tragic // Brick by Boring Brick – Paramore
Things are better if I stay, so long and good night (so long and good night) // Helena – MCR
Thanks for the memories, even though they weren’t so great // Thnks fr th mmrs – Fall Out Boy
You’re gonna catch a cold, with the ice inside your soul // Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri
I will never believe in anything again // (Coffee’s for Closers) – Fall Out Boy

2014: Emo intensifies but loved EDM

If our love’s insanity why are you my clarity? // Clarity – Zedd
Let’s get lost at sea, where they will never find us, got stars at night to guide us // Lost At Sea – Zedd
If I lose myself tonight, it’ll be by your side // OneRepublic
My love for you was bulletproof but you’re the one who shot me // Bulletproof Love – Pierce the Veil
I should’ve given you a reason to stay // Lack of Color – Deathcab for Cutie
I will soon forget the colour of your eyes, and you’ll forget mine // I'm Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket – Pierce the Veil
How did we get here, when I used to know you so well // Decode – Paramore
My heart is nuclear, love is all that I fear // Radioactive – Marina and the Diamonds
Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise // Dark Paradise – Lana Del Rey

2015: Grunge all caps lyrics

We go together or we don’t go down at all // Love Like War – All Time Low
Come on make it easy, say I never mattered // Young Volcanoes – Fall Out Boy
He doesn’t think I’m that fucking dumb does he? // Sippy Cup – Melanie Martinez
Are you insane like me, been in pain like me? // Control – Halsey
Even when I doubt you, I'm no good without you // Doubt - Twenty One Pilots
I wish that I could wake up with amnesia // Amnesia - 5sos
We had it all, now we're dead roses // Blackbear

For the record, I don't listen to most of these artists anymore. I won't even listen to these songs because it takes me to back to a time where full of self-loathing and I'd rather forget about this stage of my life. Some of the songs are worth listening to, but I can't. Writing this article made me want to vomit and cringe because I had to access repressed memories.