It’s always bittersweet when your favorite underground band make their way from your personal playlist to radio stations across world. Over the years, we’ve seen small groups grow into national stars and take over the Billboard Hot 100.
For those who may not know, the Hot 100 is a definitive list created by Billboard that ranks songs weekly based on digital sales, radio airtime and streaming numbers. Here are 14 of our favorite scene bands who placed into the high ranking top 10 on the Hot 100 list and made it into hearts across the United States Of Emo.
1. Fall Out Boy – “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race”
After its Nov. 17, 2006 release, Fall Out Boy’s “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race,” began its upward spiral on the charts. It peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 Feb. 3, 2007, after having a 20-week run on the list. This is not Fall Out Boy’s only major hit. “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” hit No. 8 and “Dance, Dance” hit No. 9, which are both from 2005’s From Under The Cork Tree. The band have been making “a scene” at Billboard for over a decade, and we hope it doesn’t stop.
2. 5 Seconds Of Summer – “Youngblood”
Our favorite Australian punks with the great hair and better music skills have been killing it across America. As of Oct. 15, 2018, 5 Seconds Of Summer hit No. 7 with their powerful anthem about young love.
3. Panic! At The Disco – “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
With a sense of poise and rationality, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” hit No. 7 Aug. 26, 2006 after a fantastic 37-week run. Additionally, Panic! At The Disco reached a great feat this summer when they became Billboard’s No. 1 band on the Artist 100. The accomplishment came as a result of the release of Pray For The Wicked, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as well.
4. blink-182 –- “All The Small Things”
OG pop punkers blink-182 helped this music scene flourish hit No. 6 on the Hot 100 after having ruled MTV with their iconic music video parodying ’90s boy bands. The song lasted on the chart for 23 weeks and had its peak Feb. 19, 2000. The band’s songs, “Bored To Death,” “All The Small Things” and “I Miss You” all peaked at No. 1 on the Alternative Songs charts too. It’s fair to say these alternative stars ruled the charts since their third album Enema Of The State.
5. Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
Paramore have been causing “riots” in the music scene since their conception in 2004. The band found great success with several songs, but “Ain’t It Fun” proved its popularity after it peaked on the Hot 100 list at No. 10 May 24, 2014. The song reigned on the charts for 24 weeks. Paramore notably also held “The Only Exception” at No. 24 in the list in 2010. Shockingly, Paramore’s iconic song “Misery Business” only peaked at No. 26 Jan. 12, 2008 after 30 weeks on the Hot 100 list.
6. twenty one pilots – “Stressed Out”
Your favorite music duo twenty one pilots hit the Hot 100 with a song that defines how most of us feel all the time. “Stressed Out” had a powerful lead on the charts and peaked at No. 2 Feb. 27, 2016 after a whole year on the Hot 100. They could actually buy a house of gold with sales like that. “Heathens” also didn’t take it slow on the Hot 100 and peaked at No. 2 Sept. 24, 2016 after 39 weeks on the chart. These songs might very well live forever.
7. 3OH!3 – “Don’t Trust Me”
3OH!3’s “Don’t Trust Me” was an iconic ballad we all remember from our middle school and high school dances. It hit No. 7 on the Hot 100 May 30, 2009. It lasted on the charts for 37 weeks, but undoubtedly will live on in our throwback playlists forever and always.