Top 10 Early Metal Songs with the Best Screams (1970-1979)

I know that Victim of Changes by Judas Priest has some amazing screams (hands down) but this song isn't exactly a metal song.

The Top Ten

1 Child in Time - Deep Purple

1970. Legendary screams, especially at the end of the song - Ian Gillan screams generously for about 2 minutes. Hands down - one of the best vocal performances of all time (not only for the screams).
This song has some non-metal elements but metal prevails. - Metal_Treasure

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2 Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep

1970. A great intro scream by David Byron. Hands down. And his vocals are awesome throghout the entire song. - Metal_Treasure

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3 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple

1970. In general, Ian Gillan screams are incredibly well controlled and performed. He started the art of correct screaming in metal.
This song is very important for many reasons but regarding screams: Gillan used multiple screams systematically - not only one scream and not a series of screams put in one place only. He did more than that - screams appear at certain intervals on certain places of the song.
This idea is important - it's been used by metal singers ever since. Example - Blind Guardian used systematic multiple screams in a similar way in Tanelorn (2010). - Metal_Treasure

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4 The Wall - Squadron

1979. A very good intro scream and several shorter ones later. Man, the screams of this guy sound like King Diamond's although this song came out before King Diamond. And his singing style is obviously influenced by Rob Halford. Squadron are from NYC. - Metal_Treasure

5 Highway Star - Deep Purple

1972. A great intro scream and screamed vocals several times later (example - "I love it and I need it, I bleed it, yeah"). - Metal_Treasure

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6 Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest

1977. A very good intro scream by Rob Halford. This song is already a very developed metal song (because it's from 1977). - Metal_Treasure

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7 Tired of Me - Accept

1979. A pretty good intro scream by Udo but I didn't put this song very high because it's on the borderline between metal and hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

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8 Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend

1970. An intro scream by John Lawton who later replaced David Byron in Uriah Heep. - Metal_Treasure

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9 The Ripper - Judas Priest

1976. A very short intro scream by Halford - in the 70s he didn't scream much. This song is a mix of metal and hard rock but I think metal is more. - Metal_Treasure

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The Contenders

11 Victim of Changes - Judas Priest

This song is NOT a metal song and wasn't added by me. I even explained that in the list description (right under the list title). - Metal_Treasure

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12 Ogre Battle - Queen

Like I said before, this song has really good screams. - zxm

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Top Remixes

1. Child in Time - Deep Purple
2. Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep
3. Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend
1. Child in Time - Deep Purple
2. Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep
3. Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple


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