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.

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

Roger Daltrey is absolutely fantastic

I really think that Roky Erickson of "The 13th Floor Elevators" had the best scream of all time. "You're gonna miss me"

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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...

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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

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4 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

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

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5 Revolution - The Beatles

John let the throat here

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6 Helter Skelter - The Beatles

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

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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

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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

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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

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The Contenders

11 Piece of My Heart - Big Brother and the Holding Company UListen to Sample
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 UListen to Sample
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

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

This So real Scream power

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

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

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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.

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21 July Morning - Uriah Heep

David Byron again - 4:50. - Metal_Treasure

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22 Cochise - Audioslave

So you don't feel a TTHHIIiIiIiNNggg

So much power!

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23 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

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24 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

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

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25 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

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

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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

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28 Free for All - Ted Nugent UListen to Sample
29 Dream On - Aerosmith UListen to Sample
30 Celebration of the Lizard - The Doors

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

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31 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

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32 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

33 In the Lap of the Gods - Queen UListen to Sample
34 Sacrifice/Let There Be Peace - Bob Mould UListen to Sample
35 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles UListen to Sample
36 I Put a Spell on You - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins UListen to Sample
37 Run - Foo Fighters UListen to Sample
38 Highway Star - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
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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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