Legendary Who frontman Roger Daltrey turns 78 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.
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.
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 liar.
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.
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.
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.