Legendary Who frontman Roger Daltrey turns 75 today (March 1), and if we could pick just one thing that makes him so incredible it’s his iconic scream.
Daltrey is undoubtedly one of the best, and he certainly set the standard for screams for decades to come. In honor of his birthday, we look back at some of our other favorite “screams” in classic rock.
The Who – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
Sure, it's difficult not to think of CSI: Miami when thinking about this particular Daltrey scream, but it's still amazing.
This is Track 09 of the Who's album - Who's next. First recorded (then rejected) in New York on March 16, 1971, this became the first song to be worked on with Glyn Johns during a trial session at Stargroves with The Rolling Stones Mobile studio in April, 1971.
Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love”
There are so many different scream/wail pockets in "Whole Lotta Love," it's difficult to pick which one was Robert Plant's best
Whole Lotta Love is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It is featured as the opening track on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II.
Aerosmith – “Dream On”
Alright, who hasn't harmonized with Steven Tyler on the climax of "Dream On"? If you say you haven't, clearly you're a lying.
Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Dream On · Aerosmith Aerosmith's Greatest Hits ℗ 1973 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment Producer: Adrian Barber Composer, Lyricist: S. Tyler Auto-generated by YouTube.
Janis Joplin – “Cry Baby”
Similar to Plant on "Whole Lotta Love," there are so many incredible screams and wails from Joplin on "Cry Baby," it's hard to pick just one.
Music video by Janis Joplin performing Cry Baby (Audio). (C) 2017 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment http://vevo.ly/O5grc0
The Doors – “Back Door Man”
Easily the most primal scream on this list, Jim Morrison on The Doors' "Back Door Man" never fails to send chills up your spine and make your brain all tingly.
This remastered version is from the "Perception" box set by The Doors. Perception is a fortieth anniversary edition twelve disc box set by The Doors. The CDs contain the 1999 remastered editions of all the Jim Morrison albums, while the DVD-AUDIO discs contain new (2006) "40th Anniversary" remixes of them.
The Beatles – “Revolution”
Just in case that opening riff didn't grab your attention enough, John Lennon's scream in the intro was there to grab you metaphorically by the collar.
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Revolution (Remastered 2009) · The Beatles The Beatles 1967 - 1970 ℗ 2009 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) Released on: 1973-04-02 Associated Performer, Vocals: John Lennon Producer: George Martin Composer Lyricist: John Lennon Composer Lyricist: Paul McCartney Auto-generated by YouTube.
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.