Top 100 Emo Songs of All Time
8. AFI | "Girl's Not Grey"
"Girl's Not Grey" by AFI from the album Sing the Sorrow (2003)
Punk purists hoping AFI would forsake increasingly introspective, melancholy auras and resume writing dumbass songs like “I Wanna Get a Mohawk (But Mom Won’t Let Me Get One)” wept in anguish upon hearing the first single off 2003’s Sing the Sorrow. Davey Havok scales to a shattering octave leap during the triumphant final chorus, as if he’s spotted a glimmer of hope in the one big, dark room he once equated with his whole life. Lyrics like “I’d send God’s grace tonight/Could it be found” don’t convey much pep. But due to Jade Puget’s glittery guitar hook, “Girl’s Not Grey” comes off bubblegummy compared to mega-maudlin Sorrow tracks like “The Leaving Song” and, uh, “The Leaving Song Part II.”