Top 10 Cover Versions of Dio Songs

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I mean the singer Ronnie James Dio and not his band Dio. So covers of songs he sang for different bands and side projects.
R.I.P. Dio.

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1Don't Talk To Strangers - Blind Guardian

It's unreal how close to Dio Hansi sounds. Their voices are really very similar - very expressive high baritones with the same range.
I appreciate Hansi for not imitating Dio in Blind Guardian original songs because it's a big temptation when your voice naturally has qualities that are so close to Dio. Instead, Hansi developed his own singing style(s). - Metal_Treasure

2Kill the King - Jorn

Incredible vocals from Jorn Lande. I pay more attention to the vocal performances because judging by the other covers, bands have more difficulties with Dio vocals than with guitars or drums in his songs. - Metal_Treasure

Currently Kill the King has 8 covers on this list - not bad for an old song from the 70s. Seems metal musicians like it a lot. - Metal_Treasure

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3We Rock - Metal AllegianceV1 Comment
4Don't Talk to Strangers - Jorn

This version and Blind Guardian version are equally good and I hesitated a lot but eventually decided that Hansi vocal performance is closer to Dio idea. Hansi and Dio have a hint of vulnerability in their voices which moves a lot when they use it. Example: the way Hansi sings the line "Drive you insane', the beginning of the song and many times later.
This vulnerability isn't present very much in Jorn's voice. Jorn approach is more like full throttle all the way which isn't bad of course but after several rounds Hansi version sounds more interesting because he changes his intonation more. - Metal_Treasure

5Neon Knights - Anthrax
6The Mob Rules - Adrenaline MobV1 Comment
7Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage

To be honest, I thought this would be no. 1 with at least 20% of the votes. - ElectricCorpseSlayer

This is very good but I am not sure if growls were absolutely necessary here - I like growls but Dio wasn’t a growler and I don't know... Mixed impressions. - Metal_Treasure

8Rainbow In the Dark - Corey Taylor
9Stargazer - Mundanus ImperiumV1 Comment
10Heaven and Hell - Manowar

Manowar may not be the greatest metal band but Eric Adams may be one of the greatest metal singers and he did a good job on this song. - Metal_Treasure

The Newcomers

?Heaven and Hell - Stryper

The Contenders

11The Temple of the King - Scorpions

Scorpions are never wrong - they have chosen to cover a ballad. Of course! And the voice of Klaus Meine still rocked in 2014. - Metal_Treasure

12Kill the King - Metallica
13Man On the Silver Mountain - Judas Priest
14Starstruck - Motörhead with Biff Byford
15Heaven and Hell - Benedictum
16Kill the King - Heathen
17Gates of Babylon - Age of Nemesis
18Ronnie Rising Medley - Metallica
19Man On the Silver Mountain - Forgotten Realm
20Straight Through the Heart - Halestorm
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1. Don't Talk To Strangers - Blind Guardian
2. Kill the King - Jorn
3. We Rock - Metal Allegiance
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1. Don't Talk To Strangers - Blind Guardian
2. Man On the Silver Mountain - Judas Priest
3. Kill the King - Metallica
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