Top 10 Most Legendary Vocalist Screams

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Which Vocalist has the most legendary scream in their songs?

The Top Ten

1 Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

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

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...

Number 1 without a doubt, can scream amazingly and still sing amazing melodies for the longest time. LP rules. - lukestheman4

Listen to given up, and you will not believe it at first so listen to its aol session after

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2 Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)

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. - Metal_Treasure

CHILD IN TIME is some of the most wicked screaming ever. - ultrablastic123

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.

Made in Japan. Need I say more?

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3 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.

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

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!

4 Serj Tankian (System of a Down) 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.

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.

The best!

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5 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.

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

6 Phil Anselmo (Pantera) 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.

7 Ivan L. Moody Ivan L. Moody Ivan L . Moody, known by the pseudonym Ghost during his time with Motograter, is the lead vocalist for American groove metal band Five Finger Death Punch from Las Vegas, Nevada .
8 Freddie Mercury (Queen) 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 - zxm

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

Great scream in Under pressure.

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

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.

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

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

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

10 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.

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, 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.

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

#1 scream in Wont get Fooled Again

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The Contenders

11 Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) 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.

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

25-30 second scream, ‘enough said.

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12 Eric Adams (Manowar) 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. - Metal_Treasure

13 Lord Worm (Cryptopsy) 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. - Metal_Treasure

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14 M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) M. 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.

A visitor recommended to listen to "second heartbeat" as an example of his legendary screams - ok, I listened to it twice. But there's nothing interesting there in terms of screams, let alone legendary screams. - Metal_Treasure

Listen to their early stuff like second heartbeat

He is my idol. I love his voice

M. Shadows Deserv To Be Number 2...

15 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.

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

number of the beast rime of the ancient mariner and many others bruce is one of the best vocalist and has many great screams.

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

his scream in the number of the beast - wolphert

16 Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. V 1 Comment
17 James Hetfield (Metallica) 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.
18 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.

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). - Metal_Treasure

19 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.

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.

20 Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) 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.

Tyler's voice/scream is unique and very recognizable. He should be number 1. He became super popular thanks to his legendary scream - Irina2932

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!

easily number one, his voice is freking great!
Axl rose in number 2 - rock2metal

21 Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) 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). - Metal_Treasure

22 Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.

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.

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..

23 Tim Ripper Owens Tim Ripper Owens

Just hear the intro scream to 'Ten Thousand Strong' by Iced Earth - it's very well performed and it's about 13 secs long. There's a second scream in this song - about 12 seconds. - Metal_Treasure

24 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.

Axl rose have 3 voice, and he is best vokalis band in the world

25 Matt Smith (Theocracy) Matt Smith (Theocracy)

About 23 secs in the song Laying the Demon to Rest. - Metal_Treasure

26 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

Twist and Shout...enough said. Screamed beyond the top of his lungs, lost his voice, and coughed up blood after his larynx ripping performance.

He invented the scream, and left no room for improvement. What's with all the LP love? Their lyrics are idiotic.

27 Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow,Black Sabbath) 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.
28 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

Why is he not #1? There was never a more diverse honest raw rock and roll voice like Jims. - Beatlesboy9

29 Kyo (Dir en grey) Kyo (Dir en grey) Kyo is a Japanese musician, poet and singer-songwriter. 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.
30 Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars)

Can definitely scream if he wants to.

31 Vic Fuentes (Pierce the Veil) Vic Fuentes (Pierce the Veil) Victor Vincent "Vic" Fuentes is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Pierce the Veil.

His voice is so distinguishable let alone his screams. This guy is one of the most talented singers I've ever heard a old with people like Bennington, Leto, Kellin Quinn, and a couple others.

32 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.

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

33 Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.
34 Matt Adams (Chaos Theory)

A scream so blood curdling that you'd almost think the guy had lost a nut.

35 Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche) Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche) Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.
36 Jarkko Ahola Jarkko 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.
37 Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir)
38 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
39 Brian Johnson (AC/DC) Brian Johnson (AC/DC) Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Since 1980, he is the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As of April 2016, Johnson is not participating in the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing ...read more.
40 Matt Heafy (Trivium) 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. V 1 Comment
41 Joe Cocker Joe Cocker John Robert "Joe" Cocker was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs.
42 King Diamond King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.
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