Conor Oberst stormed onto the emo scene right at the turn of the century when he released Fevers and Mirrors with his band Bright Eyes, and the group's popularity soared from there—spiking with releases from the acclaimed records Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, and I'm Wide Awake It's Morning. After nine records with Bright Eyes, there are a number of emotion-drenched songs that have soundtracked sleepless nights for indie kids.
It's easy to relate to Conor's music; the earnestness and vulnerability in his songs express all the feelings you weren't able to or weren't comfortable enough to put into words. His skill as a songwriter and his aptitude for drawing larger cultural concerns into songs have stuck with the now 33-year-old Conor throughout all of his musical phases and style changes. Today, we celebrate Conor Oberst's birthday by revisiting the 20 most influential, emotional, and tear-jerking Bright Eyes songs. Happy birthday Conor.