Top 10 Most Legendary Vocalist Screams

Which Vocalist has the most legendary scream in their songs?
The Top Ten
1 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.

Incredible voice, powerful screams, meaningful lyrics, and master of screaming! No one could beat Chester when it comes on screaming. No one could scream for 17 seconds, except him! The legendary vocalist is CHESTER! Hands down...

Coming back here after he died. I remember seeing his name on the top of this list and I couldn't be prouder for my childhood hero. Now that he's gone... only his achievements remain. Rest in Peace man.

He is the god of screaming listen to him in live performance like given up place for my head faint wish one step closer. His voice is out of the world when he screams he can make anybody and listen to him

His screen is like just awesome no one ever ever in this world has screen like him "he can screen like a devil but also he can sing like an angle that's it Chester is the most lovely singer I've ever heard.

2 Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) 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. He also is the singer of A Perfect Circle and Puscifer bands that vary in style.

I used to think Chester was the champion with his 17 second scream in Given Up. However, Maynard's scream in Grudge crushes it coming in around 24 seconds. He said he couldn't talk for quite some time after the recording. It's not his only good scream either... the DIE and the end of Jerk Off is great. Most all of his work has some great screaming especially the late 90's. Check out those tracks before you write him off as the best screamer ever!

To the idiot that said no one can yell for 17 say seconds like the crappy Linkin Park singer, Tool- the grudge 25 second scream. Also jerk off is a crazy scream you tube Maynard James Keenan best screams 11m of insanity then make this list again, Maynard and tool are by far underrated even though they are the best alternative band of all time

Okay, Maynard may not be #1, but he certainly trumps Axl and Serj, without a doubt... He should definitely be in the top 5

Listen to him scream "DIE! " at the end of Jerk Off and I guarantee you'll all see why he deserves to be in the top 5.

3 Serj Tankian (System of a Down) Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He's best known for being the lead singer of the Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release ...read more.

Serj can do anything he wants with his voice, INCLUDING SCREAMS. While he's not that heavy nowadays, he can still perform these as great as he used to do in System of a Down's glory days.

Serj is an absolute legend, unique and inspiring. His vocals are intelligent, passionate and emotive. There really isn't anyone like him.

Not only are his screams legendary, but his vocals are one of the best I have ever heard. A true master at his art.

This guy can sing, make funny sounds that work for him, and scream so artisticly and madly

4 Phil Anselmo (Pantera) Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

No matter how much of a douchebag this guy is, he is one of the most legendary metal vocalists ever.

5 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).

He could sing screaming, in tune, for lengthy periods of time ("A Child in Time") then return to his normal rich upper-baritone voice. Incredible.

Speaking of legendary, Child In Time is where it started. Ian Gillan screams for about 2 minutes and does it extremely good. Before him, The Beatles screamed, too, but Gillan made screams part of the singing art because his screams are well controlled and mastered. He screams on most of the songs and also, his screams are systematic on many songs - Hard Lovin' Man, Bloodsucker.

Seriously I do not get why some of these singers are on this list for the GREATEST SCREAM... Daltrey and Gillian are at top of that list.

It's not only Child In Time that he screamed.He screamed in other songs too.However two of my favorite screaming songs of him is Smoke On the Water (remix version) and Highway Star(the song starts with a screaming)

6 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.

He's scream is so deep and dirty, you can feel he's emotions when he sing, like disasterpiece!

7 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.

Seriously he should be number 1 for sure just listen to painkiller before you vote
I also think that Freddie mercury should be higher up!

Painkiller, a touch of evil, victim of changes, dreamer deceiver... And Chester is number one? Guys, please.

He needs to be in the top 10

8 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.

Love hate love and Bleed the freak are only two of Staley's vocal masterpieces. I've been listening to him for over 20 years and he still takes my breath away with his vocal power and passion. RIP

For me he is the obvious number 1. I've never heard another scream that sounds like Layne's. It was so unique and filled with pain.

Layne Staley's scream is so unique and it is so powerful. His singing ability is unmatched and he is extremely underrated.

Layne didn't just scream, his passion and power filled all the lyrics that AIC's released. He was just so fabulous, wish he was still with us today.

9 Freddie Mercury (Queen) 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.

Freddie Mercury has a great screaming voice listen to We are the Champions, Under Pressure, and Another one bites the Dust and you will hear that rock scream and growl and bark in his voice and the song Hammer to Fall, and One vision really shows off his growl screams and the high pitch scream he did in the 80's song Under Pressure at the middle of the song when he went up so high and did a little bit of scream he is a rock screamer.

Yes like the visitor said he did a little bit a high pitched screaming in Under Pressure. And it was great

Ogre Battle anyone? Under Pressure has a good scream though.

Great scream in "Under pressure". What a great man he was!

10 Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) Christopher John "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 ...read more.

Best Angelic scream voice in "Beyond the wheel" and "Hunger strike"

The Contenders
11 David Lee Roth (Van Halen) David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality.

Only one that screams in two octaves at once. What's with his screams, such as the 'woo woo' in Somebody Get Me a Doctor. NO ONE could add those chilling screams at the end of every line like DLR. THE BEST. He should be no. 1. Gotta love the guy.

Some have said the high-pitched screams, yelps and squeals heard on virtually every Roth-Halen song were actually done by bassist Michael Anthony, I don't think so. I think it was Roth. And those were such a signature sound for him, and major part of the appeal.

I brought my pencil! Give me something to write on!

well while roth ripped off gillians screaming even though he denies it, he still outshines his mentor.

12 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.

Won't Get Fooled Again, Love Reign Over Me. He has done more, but that's all he needs. The greatest thing about his screams is they weren't just loud noises, they conveyed something. Won't Get Fooled Again showed his bitterness and frustration with the world and his desire to figh, while Love Reign Over Me showed his anguish and despair.

The song, 'Won't Get Fooled Again', on the "Who's next" album. Daltrey earned his stripes the day he recorded the standard of Rock 'n Roll screams.

"Won't Get Fooled Again" - one of the most famous screams, raw and intense. I think you can see it in the grooves on the record!

This is the second best scream on rock music... But I would have liked to vote for The Doors - When the music's over.

13 Eric Adams (Manowar) Eric Adams has been the singer of the American heavy metal band Manowar since its inception in 1980. Previously, he sang for a group called LOOKS, a band which also included future Manowar bassist and childhood friend, Joey DeMaio.

Nobody can scream so long and high like Eric. He is a Metal King

By far...THE longest and continual non stop scream

He screams often and long - his scream on Thor is about 33 seconds long (go to 4:35). This is the longest scream I know.

14 Matt Heafy (Trivium) Matthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese-American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Orlando based Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Trivium.

! At # 30? Did you gyz ever listne him?

15 Lord Worm (Cryptopsy) Dan Greening, aka Lord Worm, is the original vocalist for Cryptopsy, a Canadian technical death metal band. He is also an English teacher.

About 28 seconds long, in the song Open Face Surgery.

16 James Hetfield (Metallica) James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

Does he have a best scream?

17 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.

Number of the beast was the first thought that came to mind when I first read this topic.

From the early to mid 80's, Bruce definitely had the best scream. Listen to this blood curdling (And live) scream from 1982: https://youtu.be/wPYeTyVLLZU? t=1m10s

Unfortunately, his voice was completely blown out by 1985 and he had to change up his style to save his voice. Still, I felt he should get my vote because he is definitely behind some people on this list that he shouldn't be behind lol

I agree number of the beast you can't beat that scream and right before the solo in rime of the ancient mariner

his scream in the number of the beast

18 Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow,Black Sabbath) 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.

"The Mob Rules" by Heaven & Hell, from Radio City Music Hall in 2007.

19 Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Where is john lennon?

David Gilmour?

Jim morrision?

20 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.

His screams are awesome - powerful and very well controlled. Some of his screams are even sorta melodoc which is an achievement. He's got the screaming experience from his early material when he used "screaming" vocal technique that was more aggressive and harsher than his late stuff. My fave scream is 'Fiddler on the Green' by Demons & Wizards (4:05).

21 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.

How can Kurt Cobain not be #1. Listen to his live performance of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night". This guy shouldn't even be listed here. He should be on the Best Rock Howl of all time list.

He has to be number 1. His screams were raw and uninhibited.

You guys have heard a live version of drain you right?

In their live @Club Quattro, Nagoya, Japan 02/16/92,
Cobain bursts with a 10-second scream during 'Aneurysm'

I'm talking about scream, not metal songs etc..

22 Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

While Chester Bennington is good and all, there's a reason why Steven Tyler is called the Demon of Screaming. He should at least be in the Top 3!

Tyler's voice/scream is unique and very recognizable. He should be number 1. He became super popular thanks to his legendary scream

Another one who can sing screaming, mostly in tune, e.g. "Dream On".

easily number one, his voice is freking great!
Axl rose in number 2

23 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.

Not the best... but not the worst *-*

24 Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) 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.

Perfect long screams. My favorite is on Mysteria by Edguy (0:20).

25 Kyo (Dir en grey) Kyo is a Japanese musician, singer, lyricist and poet. He is best known as the vocalist of the metal band Dir en grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was formerly in La:Sadie's.
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