10 emo and pop punk love songs from the 2000s for when you have crush

  • From Bright Eyes to Dashboard Confessional, these are the songs to listen to when you can't get your mind off a certain someone
  • These songs are perfect for listening to while doodling their name on your notebook
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Sweet acoustic songs, pop punk tunes ... there's a wide variety of music to daydream to.

Ahhhh love! Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it makes you want to skip through a field of daisies. Are you spending your time doodling your crush's name all over your notebook? Does your heart jump out of your chest whenever you see they "liked' one of your photos? These emo and pop punk love songs from the early 2000s are the perfect soundtrack for those 'butterfly in my tummy' feels. 

Here in your arms, Hellogoodbye

A little bit of pop punk, a bit of electronica, a lot of heart: this song is so light and boppy, you can’t help but hug your teddy bear and dance around your room. It paints an adorable picture of young love; driving around together, first kisses, and missing each other when one person isn’t around.

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First Day of My Life, Bright Eyes

This sweet, acoustic song is so heartfelt and full of sugary sweetness that it will put a smile on your face. It’s the perfect song for sitting out in the sun and thinking about your crush.

Hands Down, Dashboard Confessional

You should definitely Google the band - the lead singer, Chris Carrabba, was the ultimate emo hunk of the era. His voice is so sweet and smooth, you’ll fall in love with it. It’s also got the most emo lyrics we can possibly think of, “My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me/So won’t you kill me?/So I die happy.”

The Mixed Tape, Jack’s Mannequin

Oh, the struggles of putting together the perfect mixtape (or playlist) for your crush! How do you show them how you feel without being too obvious about it? How do you get your message across without being weird? It’s definitely an art, and this Jack’s Mannequin song perfectly expresses the joy and euphoria that comes from finally finishing the absolute PERFECT mix.

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Only One, Yellowcard

Have a crush and ready to finally shout it out loud from the rooftops? That’s what this song is all about. It’s a song about love that will also have you rocking out – Yellowcard also successfully manages to incorporate a violin player, which makes for a nice contrast with the drums and guitar.

Hey There Delilah, Plain White T’s

In this adorable acoustic tune, the lead singer pledges his love to Delilah, who lives far away in New York City, and promises that one day they’ll be together and he’ll provide for them as a singer. It’s the perfect song to listen to if your crush lives far away – it’ll remind you that they have planes and trains and cars, and you can always walk if there’s no other way.

I Miss You, Blink 182

This song features one of the most iconic first lines from the 2000s – “Hello there, the angel from my nightmares”. It also has a callback to The Nightmare Before Christmas, a favourite movie of the era’s Hot Topic-loving emo kids. It’s quite a departure from the other hits from Blink 182, like “What’s My Age Again?” and “All The Small Things”.

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Swing, Swing, The All-American Rejects

Sure, you’ve been hurt before, but you’re ready to feel again! This song is all about new beginnings and starting something new with someone new. We advise you to move your furniture to the side of the your flat to give yourself some room to jump around.

Quit Your Life, MxPx

There's so much beauty and comfort in mundane, everyday activities. This song says "So quit your life/and stay with me/we'll order in and watch TV/we'll paint the house/wash the car/we'll take a walk but not too far" as the lead singer says he's ready to stop constantly touring and settle down.

Check Yes Juliet, We The Kings

We’re sure you’ve all passed that classic note: Do you like me? Check yes, no, or maybe. This song asks Juliet to check yes and promises they will run away together.

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