Emo (Eng. Emo, short for "emotional", the transcription of "imo" is also common) - a rock music style characterized by melodic musicality and expressive lyrics. Appeared in the mid-1980s in Washington, where he was known as the “emotional hardcore punk” or “emocor” developed by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace. The style was redesigned by American punk rockers, its sound changed, mixed with pop punk and indie rock and was recorded in the early 1990s by the bands Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate. By the mid-1990s, numerous emo bands had appeared in the Midwest and central United States, and several independent record companies began to specialize in this style. Emo burst into the mainstream in the early 2000s with the success of Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional and the emergence of the screamo subgenre.
On the basis of fans of emo and related genres, the subculture of the same name arose.