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Emo is a subculture that first became popular around 2005 and carried on until finally dying out in the early 2010s when Hot Topic moved away from alternative fashion and more towards geek culture as a whole. However, there are some individuals and groups that still participate in the subculture in an attempt to keep it alive.

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Emo as an aesthetic often overlaps with others visually, such as Goth (much to the chagrin of the Goths, who absolutely detested the Emo Kids at the time of their rise in popularity) and Scene, due to dealing with negative emotions as its major topic.

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While a lot of people who initially got into the Emo subculture eventually found their way into Scene, many stayed on board the Emo train until it did eventually fall out of popularity and some artists (namely Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco) transitioned into a more poppier sound and aesthetic compared to the dark, brooding days of their initial rise to fame.