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 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. more.

Number 1 will scream like chester

Best... Period


He ledgendaery

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 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!

5 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.

Listen to the entire self titled album. enough said

6 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 .
7 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.

8 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.

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.

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!

9 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!

How in the world is MJK not number 1? 24 second scream, game over.

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

10 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 more.

Ogre Battle anyone? Under Pressure has a good scream though. - Userguy44

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!


The Contenders

11 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.


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

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

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

12 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 more.

This is the quintessential scream.

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.

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

heck yeah

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.

Ending scream of god hates us live (2011)
Starting scream of beast and the harlot, second heartbeat, critical acclaim, almost easy, all live in the lbc (2008)
There you have the loudest and most powerful screams in metal :) He is the number 1 by far.

He is my idol. I love his voice

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

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15 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.

Does he have a best scream? - Userguy44

16 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 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

17 Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) 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?

18 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

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19 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

20 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. 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

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

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 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.

21 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 more.

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

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..

22 Tim Ripper Owens Tim Ripper Owens Timothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who currently performs with Beyond Fear, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force and Charred Walls of the Damned. He first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth.

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

23 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

24 Matt Smith (Theocracy) Matt Smith (Theocracy)

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

25 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.

Beginning of WTTJ - Userguy44

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

26 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 more.

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

27 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.

Do not catch LP to your mouth.. Lennon is good but listening to given up's insane 17 minute pure 100% Chester Bennington scream you'll understand🤘👆

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, 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.
30 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 more.
31 Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) Jared Leto (30 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.

Can definitely scream if he wants to.

32 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.

33 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 *-*

34 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.
35 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.
36 Phil Bozeman (Whitechapel) Phil Bozeman (Whitechapel)

You have all those singers in the list that don't even scream that much or not at all but you don't have Phil Bozeman. His screams are so powerful and his gutterals. Screw PTV, Whitechapel's Phil Bozeman can scream.

37 Matt Adams (Chaos Theory)

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

38 Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir)
39 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.
40 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 more.

I don't like his voice. I prefer Bon - Userguy44

41 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.

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

42 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.
43 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 more.
44 Jimmy Barnes Jimmy Barnes James Dixon Swan, better known as Jimmy Barnes, is a Scottish-born Australian rock singer-songwriter.
45 Danny Worsnop Danny Worsnop 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.

His screams are just.. perfect and his clean vocals are so nice as well

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Top Remixes

1. Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)
2. Ivan L. Moody
3. Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
1. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
2. Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)
3. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
1. Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
2. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
3. Eric Adams (Manowar)


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