Top 10 Best Male Rock Screamers

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The Top Ten

1 Chester Bennington - Linkin Park Chester Bennington - Linkin Park Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.

What The Hell. Chester is simply the BEST. He Rocks. LINKIN PARK forever. So Linkin Park is truly the best and. Chazzy is truly the best. He just ROCKS. Angel's sing and devil's SCREAM! Chazz, Linkin Park FOREVER!

Chester Rocks! I love Linkin Park Because of Him! Such a great singer! He can Sync Both Scream and Clear Voice

What I love about Chester's voice : he can go from such a soft singing voice to such a raging screaming voice. It's just awesome! Chester is the Greatest Screamer in the World! Linkin Park is the Best Rock Band in the World! From Michelle, in Machester, UK

Best melodic screaming and power vocals combined, one of the best rock singers I've ever heard.

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2 Adam Gontier - Three Days Grace Adam Gontier - Three Days Grace Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.

He has the best voice ever

I LOVE HIM

3 Matt Shadows - Avenged Sevenfold Matt Shadows - Avenged Sevenfold Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

YouTube M. Shadows epic scream. Enough said

Matt shadows is the best

Matt sounds better live than Chester does and a better perfomer

M.shadows... (y)

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4 Axl Rose - Guns n' Roses Axl Rose - Guns n' Roses William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

Is there anyone in the history of rock n roll with such a powerful, controlled scream? Axl Rose is not only one of the greatest singers of all time, but easily the best screamer. Listen to Guns N' Roses Live to hear him capture it.

Eww no.He just moans and he is ugly. - DarkBoi-X

5 Steven Tyler - Aerosmith

None of the other candidates, excluding Axl Rose, have a scream even comparable to Steven Tyler. None of the other candidates are even capable of singing Dream On or any other Aerosmith song. His powerful vocals make him one of the best rock singers in the history of the genre, if not the greatest of all time.

Steven Tyler is the best, I love the way he works his way in dream on from a low calm voice to finish with which I honestly consider one of the best screams in Rock n' Roll. Aerosmith forever.

I've never heard any great screams other than Steven's brand of screaming. This man is really an epic vocalist. Hats off.

Tyler wasn't nicknamed "Screamin' Demon" for nothing! No one can beat him!

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6 Ian Gillan - Deep Purple Ian Gillan - Deep Purple Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

The Master. Hands down. 'Child In Time' is legendary.
He was he first rock/metal screamer and the first singer who became famous for his screams so he should be #1. - Metal_Treasure

The standard bearer. So cool and smoothe just powerful.

7 Oli Sykes - Bring Me the Horizon Oli Sykes - Bring Me the Horizon Oliver Scott "Oli" Sykes is a British musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Bring Me the Horizon. He also founded the apparel company Drop Dead Clothing.

Listen to any of Sempiternal or earlier and there is no doubt he's is quite simply the best scream in rock right now, if not ever. Also, if That's the Spirit proved anything, it's that he also has one of the best singing voices

Oli has the voice (scream) of and angel, absolutely beautiful and amazing

Oli is hands down the best. His evolution as a singer and a screamer over the years demonstrates his amazing range, and he pulls off melodic screams that I have not heard from any other band. BMTH all the way!

Best screamer I've heard mate

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8 Layne Staley - Alice in Chains Layne Staley - Alice in Chains Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

Too he died before he could have sung with Ben burnley

He might have inspired Ben burnley

9 Jonathin Davis - Korn

He's a great singer, his growling is pure awesomeness and his screams are just amazing. He puts so much emotion into his screaming.

10 Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

The most brutal screams and growls ever. All other screamers, except for Ivan Moody, Jamey Jasta, Christian Machado and Waylon Reavis + Jmann, are cats, he is a lion.

Ivan moody is second only to Corey. No one can scream like that bastard haha. Chester and M. Shadows are great as well.

Slipknot Iowa albums has a lot of very deep brutal screams but there newest album.5 grey chapter sarcastrophe had a very brutal scream same with the negative one and a little bit of XIX towards the end

I hate slipknot with a passion but Taylors vocals from 1-3 albums are brutal

The Contenders

11 Maynard James Keenan - Tool Maynard James Keenan - Tool Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

I live the scream at the end of “The Pot”

12 Kurt Cobain - Nirvana Kurt Cobain - Nirvana Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his ...read more.

On Tourette's he absolutely lets loose and it's the funniest thing ever. But really most of the songs on In Utero showcase his screaming. In All Apologies he is able to scream one syllable and continue the rest in a gentle voice. Scentless Apprentice is all screaming, and Milk It has some good screaming too. On Nevermind there's Lounge Act and Endless, Nameless. He only screams when he feels it's important, and he does provide emotion and lyrical power in his screams that other screamers can't match. Tourrette's sounds like mindless ranting but the lyrics are still pretty poetic. So he gets my vote.

Okay... you had to vote to say something, but HE DOESN'T EVEN SCREAM.

Listen to endless nameless and negative creep, he screams his head off on those songs

His screams have that feelings compared which other screams seem bland

What a disgrace that axel rose placed higher than Kurt. He should be 2nd if not first.

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13 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.

Listen to Under pressure.

Where is this guy?

14 Rob Halford - Judas Priest Rob Halford - Judas Priest Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

No one in rock history EVER screamed like Halford!

Why the metal god is so low? This guy's got great screams. - Metal_Treasure

He should definitely be at top 3 - zxm

15 Benjamin Burnley - Breaking Benjamin Benjamin Burnley - Breaking Benjamin Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.

He is the best. Simply put. This man is my idol and if he ever needed me to do anything for him I would. Breath is the only song that can almost put me to tears every time I hear it and his voice is the only one that can move me in the way it does. Nothing can compare to how I feel after I listen to any song. New or old. My only wish is to hear him live.

I like his voice, and he was born in the same month that I was enuff said

Burnely has an amzaing voice! It combains sounds of angel with devil's scream, like in Foever and Breakdown. All songs are different, but his voice it is everything for me, I've loved this band for recent 5 years with old guys and love them today with a new ones ( even more because of one guy from Red). Shortly say, Ben is one and only

16 Danny Worsnop - Asking Alexandria Danny Worsnop - Asking Alexandria Danny Robert Worsnop is an English musician, singer and songwriter, prominently known as the lead vocalist of rock bands Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot.

I just believe he is a phenomenal singer, his screaming on the new Asking Alexandria song 'Run Free' is unbelievably intense, he definitely deserves a Top 5 position, I mean his singing voice after the vocal training is so amazing too, a truly talented vocalist in my opinion.

One of the only metalcore singers that can do it live

Just hope he lives for a while longer,
This guy parties hard

You just don't get do u

17 Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more.

He's not a typical screamer (not scream-style singer) but he screams pretty often and his screams are awesome - emotional, powerful, melodic and always spot on. The scream to 'Fiddler on the Green' is 10-11 sec long and is brilliantly crafted. He did some screams for other bands as a guest musician, which means he's really good.
Try:
Demons & Wizards - My Last Sunrise, Fiddler on the Green, Poor Man's Crusade;
Blind Guardian - The Last Candle, This Will Never End, Bright Eyes. - Metal_Treasure

18 Jarkko Ahola - Northern Kings, Teräsbetoni, Ahola Jarkko Ahola - Northern Kings, Teräsbetoni, Ahola Jarkko Kalevi Ahola is a Finnish performing artist, composer and singer, best known as a metal singer. He is the vocalist, bass player and one of the three songwriters of the metal band Teräsbetoni. He also started a solo career as Ahola, a metal band.

His intro scream to 'Don't Bring Me Down' by Northern Kings is epic!
He loves screaming and does that on almost every song. - Metal_Treasure

His screams are his trademark.

19 David Draiman - Disturbed David Draiman - Disturbed David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.
20 Randy Blythe - Lamb of God Randy Blythe - Lamb of God David Randall "Randy" Blythe is the vocalist and lyricist of American heavy metal band Lamb of God and side-project band Halo of Locusts.

Randy Blythe is one of the most professional screamers. He is using all screaming techniques with a really nice sound, many years of experience, Courses with Mellissa Cross. He just know what is doing without destroying his voice

21 Jon Oliva - Savatage Jon Oliva - Savatage John Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, ...read more.

He's one of the masters on this list and he screams a lot although he's not a typical screamer.
Try: Hounds, Hall Of The Mountain King. - Metal_Treasure

22 Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.
23 Tobias Sammet - Edguy Tobias Sammet - Edguy Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.

Mysteria by Edguy contains one of the best screams I've ever heard (intro scream)
This scream is 10-11 sec long, it's complex and it's perfectly crafted. Tobias Sammet - great job! - Metal_Treasure

24 Tim Mcllrath - Rise Against

He is an awesome singer, when he scream like in death blossom you can be sure that you are listening the best lyricist in the world

Can't find a single live video where he isn't terrible

25 Matthew Tuck - Bullet for My Valentine Matthew Tuck - Bullet for My Valentine Matthew "Matt" Tuck is a Welsh musician. He is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in the Welsh emo/metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine.

I honestly love his screaming it can range from ranges unknown to the naked ear I just honestly don't see how he isn't higher on the list.

26 Bon Scott - AC/DC Bon Scott - AC/DC Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.
27 Ivan Moody - Five Finger Death Punch Ivan Moody - Five Finger Death Punch Ivan L. Moody, known by the pseudonym Ghost during his time with Motograter, is the lead vocalist for American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ivan has a brutal scream, and can do it consistently.

I am still not to sure how he screams like he does.

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28 Michael Kiske - Helloween Michael Kiske - Helloween Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.
29 Roger Daltrey - The Who Roger Daltrey - The Who Roger Harry Daltrey, is an English singer and actor. In a music career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the English rock band The Who, which released fourteen singles that entered the Top 10 charts in the United Kingdom during ...read more.

We don't get fooled again!

30 Fred Durst - Limp Bizkit Fred Durst - Limp Bizkit William Frederick "Fred" Durst is an American musician and film director. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he has released six studio albums.

His screaming is brutal, mostly on 3 Dollar Bill Y'all$, and that pretty much makes up for everything else that he might lack. Definitely should be higher up in the ranks, especially seeing a couple that shouldn't be there

How is he not #1? Have you heard him on 3 Dollar Bill Yall$?

31 Paul McCartney - The Beatles Paul McCartney - The Beatles Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

Second only to Little Richard. Screamers that followed only did so because McCartney (and to a slightly lesser extend, Lennon) did it so well.

32 Pete Loeffler - Chevelle

Cleanest screams, and best well timed in my opinion... Should be ranked higher, maybe around 10th or so... Band itself, unfortunately! Only downfall, and maybe the ranking, from live shows I have seen, seems to back off on intensity of screams heard on recordings...

Amazing vocals, great range, the ability to sing and scream at the same time makes him sound better than most singers.

Just listen--please just listen--to his scream near the end of Comfortable Liar

Pete is the best simply put

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33 Chris Cornell - Soundgarden/Audioslave Chris Cornell - Soundgarden/Audioslave Chris Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while his highest notes ...read more.

Needs to be higher, the end of “shadow on the sun” is just amazing

34 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Great vocal range!

35 Jacoby Shaddix - Papa Roach Jacoby Shaddix - Papa Roach Jacoby Dakota Shaddix is an American musician, singer-songwriter, sporadic actor and former television presenter.
36 Zack de la Rocha - Rage Against the Machine Zack de la Rocha - Rage Against the Machine Zacharias Manuel "Zack" de la Rocha (born January 12, 1970) is an American musician, poet, rapper, and activist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rap metal band Rage Against the Machine from 1991–2000, and after the band's reunion in 2007 until their last show in 2011. He left Rage Against ...read more.

How is he not #1? Just listen to Freedom.

Zack doesn't mess around, man. Just loom at his live performances. - phillysports

He has pure anger in his voice.

37 Bert McCracken - The Used

He should definitely be higher up. He should be in the top 3, he's better than most of the people on this list, and if you don't agree listen to choke me, sound effects and overdramatics, box full of sharp objects and listening. He is even better live when he adds in extra, more intense screams.

38 Tom Araya - Slayer Tom Araya - Slayer Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
39 Jared Leto - Thirty Seconds to Mars Jared Leto - Thirty Seconds to Mars Jared Joseph Leto is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and director. He is well known for being the lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars.
40 Roger Waters - Pink Floyd Roger Waters - Pink Floyd George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.

chack out his scream on careful with that axe eagene and ull see what I mean. - russian

41 Daniele Tofani - Hopes Die Last

Great vocal range in his scream. Listen to Unleash Hell, never trust the hazel eyed, some like it cold and air raid siren.

42 David Lee Roth David Lee Roth David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality.

David Lee Roth should be second behind Steven Tyler

Should be #2 behind Rob Halford.

David Lee Roth and Sebastian Bach," Slave to the Grind"... Mudkicker! That's how you scream.

43 Chino Moreno - Deftones Chino Moreno - Deftones Chino Moreno is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of Deftones.

Chino moreno, the best of the creamers now in 2013... Check out, riviere

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44 Jim Morrison - The Doors Jim Morrison - The Doors James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

#1 should be for an artist/poet whose ethereal screams were born of the tormented anguish of true longing and pain. Jim Morrison.

Jim Morrison should be on the first position. Man, he is the founder of screaming.

45 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.
46 Andy Beirsack - Black Veil Brides

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! WHEN I VOTED, HE WAS 50 SOMETHING. MY VOTE PUT HIM UP TO 30, BUT IT'S STILL WAY TOO LOW! In all seriousness, I'm not some crazy fan-girl (or guy, in my case) that only likes Andy for for his looks. He deserves to at least be in the top ten. The only reason I might put my vote towards anyone else is because Andy said in his documentary The Making of Andy Biersack, that he only screamed in his first album because he didn't know how to write bridges. I might be taking that the wrong way, but I think he doesn't appreciate screaming that much. That's sad because he has (in my opinion) the best scream ever.

His scream is so powerful and can reach high vocal points that are just astounding I mean this guy has true vocal talent.

ANDY BIIERSACK IS THE BEST! 1

47 Dave Grohl - Foo Fighters Dave Grohl - Foo Fighters David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the ...read more.
48 Michael Barnes - Red

Such a hard choice between Chester Bennington, Benjamin Burnley, and Michael Barnes. But in my opinion Michael gets it.

This is a truly unfair list. Listen to Release The Panc, Let Go and Feed The Machine. He should be at least top 5.

Why is he not #1

49 Donnie Iris

Puts everyone on this list to shame

Totally agree. Aaaah Leah! Should be top of the list. !

Seen lots of these live - however this guy can reproduce every time. Doesn't loose voice doing it either. He's like 70+ and STILL outdoes most on this list - that's sort of amazing in and of itself. Check YouTube of this guy, you won't believe he's still rock'in like he does.

50 Sean Smith - The Blackout
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1. Rob Halford - Judas Priest
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3. Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden
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