By Rob van Alstyne
By Zach McCormick
By Emily Eveland
By Jack Spencer
By Michael Madden
By Reed Fischer
By Emily Weiss
By Emily Weiss
1. BIKINI KILL
STAR BELLIED BOY
Laura: Kathleen Hanna's screaming in this song is the reason I decide to risk vocal strain and larynx blisters—to someday maybe make someone feel the way Bikini Kill makes me feel.
Taylor: When I listen to this song, I think of Black Francis furiously strumming his guitar and screaming his brains out until there's a watermelon-sized sweat stain creeping down the front of his shirt, yet I want to be him.
AGELESS FORMLESS HOLLOW
Laura & Taylor: Jim from Ganglion is the greatest screamer in Minneapolis. Hands down.
CALL THE DOCTOR
Laura: The entire album is fantastic, but Corin and Carrie's intense shouting match near the end of this song is particularly heart-wrenching.
5. THE WHO
WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN
Taylor: I remember hearing this scream on a commercial when I was like 10 years old, and I immediately decided I need to be in a band, and we need to scream like that. I've never heard a better scream in any other song.
6. HUGGY BEAR
Laura: Huggy Bear is underappreciated but vital to the music and ideals of riot grrrl. The end of the song "Pansy Twist" is a huge influence lyrically and vocally, when it turns into a mess of unintelligible shouting: "Does it make you more a pig if you wanna off a kid/Does it make you more a kid if you wanna off a pig?"
Laura: I read somewhere that Courtney Love gargled whiskey while recording the vocals for Pretty on the Inside, and I've always envied how raw and scary she sounds on this album.
8. THE LIME SPIDERS
BEYOND THE FRINGE
Taylor: Even though the Lime Spiders are probably a bunch of misogynistic Australians, their screams will melt your face.
(RIGHT ON) THRU
Taylor: When the music stops and Billy Corgan yells, "And into the eyes of the jackal, I say ka-boom!," I feel proud to still own all their albums—and lucky I didn't buy Zeitgeist.