Top 10 Metal Songs with the Best Screams

Screams are different from screamed vocals. There are songs with screamed vocals start to finish (aka screamers, employing screaming technique to sing the words) but some of them have no distinct screams.

On the other hand, there are metal singers who aren't screamers but have awesome individual screams.

This list is about screams and not screamed vocals.

There are different types of screams - raw, brutal, melodic, single, multiple...
Screams in metal are part of the vocal skills and vocal technique.

I took into account the length of the screams, their power and difficulty. Also the singers skills to nail the screams. I'm not impressed by short and/or simple screams everybody can do. Yet, this list is not about the longest screams - some screams are not very long but they are still awesome.

Please don't add screamo bands because screamo is punk and not metal.

The Top Ten

1 Painkiller - Judas Priest

There are 5 well performed screams - 2 are longer, one is in the background. - Metal_Treasure

Yes I agree with this being number 1 The screams are amazing - christangrant

2 Angel of Death - Slayer

A brutal, raw and long scream in the intro. - Metal_Treasure

3 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

Unleashing the beast. - Userguy44

A very powerful and well performed scream (12-13 seconds long). - Metal_Treasure

Bruce's gull rules over all!

I must agree with Painkiller being number 1, but this is a (very) close second. - kk2001

4 Mysteria - Edguy Mysteria - Edguy

Perfection at 0:20 - a powerful, beautiful and long scream (10-11 seconds).
I made a list with more screams by him - Top 10 Tobias Sammet Screams - Metal_Treasure

5 Open Face Surgery - Cryptopsy

28 seconds! A raw and brutal scream by Lord Worm at 3:45. - Metal_Treasure

6 The Piper Never Dies - Edguy

Tobias Sammet is perfect again - you can hear the scream on the song sample. On the song it is at 0:50 - Metal_Treasure

7 Framing Armageddon - Iced Earth
8 Ten Thousand Strong - Iced Earth

2 remarkable screams by Tim 'Ripper' Owens - an intro scream for about 13 seconds and another one towards the end for about 12 secs. - Metal_Treasure

9 The Great Southern Trendkill - Pantera

I love that scream in the beginning a great start to one of their heaviest songs - christangrant

How he did this intro scream? - Metal_Treasure

10 Highway Star - Deep Purple

A great intro scream, legendary for a reason. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Ride the Sky - Helloween

A very good high pitched intro scream by Kai Hansen, 6-7 seconds long. - Metal_Treasure

12 Child in Time - Deep Purple

I'll never get tired of this. Never! - Userguy44

Ian Gillan was the first metal screamer. He screams for about 2 minutes towards the end of this song (after 8:00). - Metal_Treasure

13 Shot to Hell - Laaz Rockit

2 amazing intro screams and more screams later. All these screams are perfect. Michael Coons sounds like a combination of Rob Halford, Bobby Blitz and King Diamond. - Metal_Treasure

14 Machine Gunn Eddie - Nitro

Just play the song sample! (vox - Jim Gillette).
This scream is exactly like the one Steve Terreberry tried to do in his video "How to Be Power Metal! "
Steve Terreberry screamed and... passed out. Then he said:
"If you can't hit those high notes, just squeeze your testiculars". - Metal_Treasure

15 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards

One of the best melodic screams I know: emotional, powerful and yes - surprisingly melodic. And it's about 10-11 seconds long (4:05, right before the guitar outro).
In fact, Hansi Kürsch screams very often and really good - I made a list: Top 10 Hansi Kürsch Songs with the Best Screams - Metal_Treasure

16 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden

I never expected that scream, but it's cool! - Userguy44

His scream in this song descends into an evil cackle, coinciding with a burst of thunder... then epic Maiden soloing commences. This one's the best, folks.

A very good one and it's over 10 seconds long (8:53-9:04, right before the guitar solo) - Metal_Treasure

Then...the spell starts to break!
The albatross falls from his neck!
Sinks down like lead into the sea! falls...comes the RAIIN

17 Thor - Manowar

The LONGEST scream in metal I know - 33 seconds long (4:35) - Metal_Treasure

18 Queen of the Ryche - Queensryche

Excellent and long intro scream. Reminds me of Gillan's Highway Star scream. - Metal_Treasure

19 Given Up - Linkin Park

Screams and louder guitars don't make a song metal. - Userguy44

"Nu metal" is metal, deal with it. Anyone who says this song shouldn't be here needs to listen to Chester's insane 17 second scream

"Nu metal" is NOT metal, deal with it. I know that scream. But a scream can't make a song metal. And there are much better and longer screams than that by metal bands. - Metal_Treasure

How the hell this non-metal song got to #9? - Metal_Treasure

One of the best.. - akthegenius97

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20 Evil Dead - Dragonforce
21 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera

He sounds like a Pteranodon when he did that scream. - Userguy44

22 Cemetery Gates - Pantera
23 Among the Living Dead - Iced Earth
24 The Game - Dragonforce
25 This Will Never End - Blind Guardian
26 Laying the Demon to Rest - Theocracy

Matt Smith screams for about 23 seconds. - Metal_Treasure

27 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

Not a metal song guys - Metal_Treasure

28 Towards the Pantheon - Emperor

An impressive scream by Ihsahn - about 23 seconds long. - Metal_Treasure

29 Make Them Suffer - Cannibal Corpse

A good intro scream but compared to the other screams on this list, it's not very long though - 5 seconds - Metal_Treasure

30 Are You Dead Yet - Children of Bodom

Not very long intro scream (5-6 seconds) but deserves an honorable mention. - Metal_Treasure

31 Extreme Aggression - Kreator

Yes, there's an intro scream (about 6 seconds long). - Metal_Treasure

At 28 seconds in Mille does an epic scream. - Kytotoxic

32 Abigail - King Diamond

The scream after 4:00. - Metal_Treasure

33 The Coming Curse - Iced Earth

Matt Barlow doesn't scream very often but when he does, it's good and long (4:20-4:31) - Metal_Treasure

34 Silence Calls the Storm - Quo Vadis

An epic death metal scream in the intro (about 16-17 seconds). - Metal_Treasure

35 My Curse - Killswitch Engage
36 Pyhä Maa - Teräsbetoni

A very good intro scream for about 8-9 seconds (Jarkko Ahola). - Metal_Treasure

37 Rebellion in Dreamland - Gamma Ray

It's on the song sample. - Metal_Treasure

38 Fire in the Sky - Hypocrisy

Intro scream for 13 seconds. - Metal_Treasure

39 Mayday - Crimson Glory

Check this out. It's insanely high-pitched - Metal_Treasure

40 Learning to Live - Dream Theater
41 Ticks and Leeches - Tool
42 This Fire - Killswitch Engage
43 A Place for My Head - Linkin Park
44 Cathedral Spires - Judas Priest Cathedral Spires - Judas Priest

Tim Ripper Owens Best screams are in this song - christangrant

45 Harvesters of Death - Shade Empire

Brutal and about 24 seconds long (intro). The end of the scream is on the sample.
Shade Empire are a Finnish metal band. - Metal_Treasure

46 Don't Bring Me Down - Northern Kings

A very powerful and beautiful intro scream by Jarkko Ahola - Metal_Treasure

47 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

This song has interesting and emotional screams by Hansi Kürsch at 1:35 and 2:05, especially the 2nd one. - Metal_Treasure

48 The Wall - Squadron

A very good intro scream and several shorter ones later. He screams like King Diamond although this song came out in 1979, before King Diamond. Squadron are from NYC. - Metal_Treasure

49 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple

Multiple, powerful and very well controlled systematic screams throughout (1970). - Metal_Treasure

50 Bright Eyes - Blind Guardian Bright Eyes - Blind Guardian
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List StatsUpdated 18 May 2019

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Top Remixes

1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. Mysteria - Edguy
3. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
3. Angel of Death - Slayer
1. Given Up - Linkin Park
2. Framing Armageddon - Iced Earth
3. Evil Dead - Dragonforce


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