Top Ten Rock and Roll Songs With the Greatest Screams

I'm talking about either like a scream in the intro or somewhere else in the song. Some are also in the chorus. I may as well be possibly biased to put the Doors and Led Zeppelin Multiple Times just because of Jim and Robert's honest raw rock voices.

The Top Ten

1 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

This is THE rock scream.

THE scream. Raw, powerful, emotional. You know it when you hear it. A lot of other good ones out there, but this one is the gold standard.

Greatest rock band ever, often overlooked, but once introduced to the Who, you never look back.

Roger Daltrey is absolutely fantastic

2 Child In Time - Deep Purple

One of my favourite vocal performances ever! Nobody can imitate these screams. - Userguy44

Ian Gillan can physically scream at a higher level and control his voice better than any other singer on the planet this deserves to be number 1! - STLRams1

Ian Gillan screams for about 2 minutes towards the end (after 8:00). He is a master - his screams never disappoint. Maybe this anti-war song should be at #1. - Metal_Treasure

There are none. None more loud...

3 When the Music's Over - The Doors


Obviously kickin in after a high quality, trippy masterpiece. It builds up to the scream the seconds before, but still comes outta nowhere. Awesome!

Jim's voice never sounded better. - PetSounds

Blood curdling

4 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

So near-impossible to pull off that even Freddie Mercury botched it when Queen covered it in concerts. - truckturner

5 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

The first heavy metal song! It still sounds fresh and vitale and McCartney sounds phenominal.

6 Revolution - The Beatles

It's actually Paul screaming. I love it.

John let the throat here

7 Fiddler On the Green - Demons & Wizards

One of the greatest and most emotional screams - it's in the second half of the song, just before the long guitar outro (go to 4:05). The scream is long, powerful and breathtaking. Perfectly performed. - Metal_Treasure

8 Mysteria - Edguy

The best intro scream I know (0:20). If you like screams, don't miss this one - it's long, beautiful, melodic, powerful and perfectly performed. - Metal_Treasure

9 Careful With That Axe Eugene - Pink Floyd
10 Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep

One of the best screams from the 70s (1971), comparable to Ian Gillan's screams. It's in the intro. David Byron did a great job. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Piece of My Heart - Big Brother and the Holding Company
12 Don't Bring Me Down - Northern Kings

Awesome and powerful intro scream. This song is an ELO cover.
ELO - Electric Light Orchestra, a 70s band. - Metal_Treasure

13 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
14 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple

Ian Gillan again - many times in this song, some of the screams are at the beginning (after 1:00). Very powerful, extremely well controlled and overall, amazing screams. He's really a master. - Metal_Treasure

15 Light My Fire - The Doors
16 Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
17 Drain You - Nirvana

This So real Scream power

18 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

I'm afraid there are NO screams in this song... - Metal_Treasure

19 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

Makes you wish you were crazy

Axl rose has multiple screams all of them proving that he should be in the top ten.

20 Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
21 July Morning - Uriah Heep

David Byron again - 4:50. - Metal_Treasure

22 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

The best scream... Any song... any genre... 'enough said

Better than The Who.You know the scream anywhere.THE SCREAM.

23 Cochise - Audioslave

So you don't feel a TTHHIIiIiIiNNggg

So much power!

24 Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin

BOTH of Plant's screams in this song are better than his ones in WLL and IS

25 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

Listen to the chorus, especially the last one in the song, and you'll understand

26 Bite the Bullet - Gillan

In Bite The Bullet off the Gillan album Future Shock he unleashes a scream that rivals that of Child In Time! - STLRams1

27 Psycho - The Sonics
28 Free for All - Ted Nugent
29 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles
30 Dream On - Aerosmith
31 Celebration of the Lizard - The Doors

"I am the Lizard King, I can do anything"

32 Back In Black - AC/DC

Brian Johnson screams the whole song and its not obnoxious... plus I dig the motivational lyrics on making a comeback.

Because I think so! lol

33 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple (Roger Glover Remix)

I only listen to this version because of the screaming. Was my first song when I heard him screaming. - zxm

34 In the Lap of the Gods - Queen
35 Sacrifice/Let There Be Peace - Bob Mould
36 I Put a Spell on You - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
37 Run - Foo Fighters
38 Highway Star - Deep Purple
39 Around the World - Red Hot Chili Peppers
40 Feeling - Van Halen
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Top Remixes

1. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
2. When the Music's Over - The Doors
3. Revolution - The Beatles
1. Child In Time - Deep Purple
2. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
3. Careful With That Axe Eugene - Pink Floyd
1. Child In Time - Deep Purple
2. Mysteria - Edguy
3. Fiddler On the Green - Demons & Wizards


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