Best Ronnie James Dio Songs

In Memory Of One Of The Greatest Legends In Metal Music 1942-2010. Here's The Top 10 Songs with Ronnie James Dio Singing Vocals.

The Top Ten

1 Stargazer - Rainbow

1- stargazer
2- heaven and hell
3- holy diver
4- falling of the edge of the world
5- neon knites
6- don't talk to strangers
7- man on the silver mountain
8- rainbow in the dark
9- sign of the southern cross
10- die young

A Metal-Masterpiece in every sense of the word. This song combines several elements found in nearly all metal tracks to date, and even in some non-metal songs. His voice is so powerful he can level mountains. Not only the best performance in Dio's career but perhaps one of the genres' best songs ever created.

I completely agree with the top five, just not with the order, but I suppose its all just personal preference though.
Got to be honest though, his voice is probably my favourite out of any rock singer, and this song and the lyrics are the reason

All time classic simple as - kieros

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2 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

Just wow... not only great vocals but great lyrics.

the shift in the slow solo to the fast solo is the best part of the song... never get bored of it! also has wonderful meaning..

just awesome the perfect voice of Ronnie James Dio mixed on the sabbath's style of music. Awesome!

When the vocals come back after the solo and smacks you in the face- it's one of the best moments in metal.

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3 Holy Diver - Dio

1. Holy Diver - Dio
2. Stargazer - Rainbow
3. Rainbow In The Dark - Dio
4. Don't Talk To Strangers - Dio
5. Heaven And Hell - Black Sabbath (I like Dio, and I like Black Sabbath alot, but not as much together. Still pretty good though. )

The perfect song. Listened to this song hundreds of times and it never gets old.

lovely lovely riff and awesome solo - sharm7064

Beautiful song. Dio does it great. I love how it starts of slowly then it start to REALLY rock. His style is absolutely incredible. When the guitar solo comes, I imagine Dio riding a tiger. Crazy good song. - reddy4u2

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4 Rainbow in the Dark - Dio

Vocals, lyrics and the keyboard riff. Rainbow in the Dark is an epitome of a hard rock/heavy metal track with such obscure yet beautiful lyrics.

Rainbow in the dark is the BEST song ever it was a big hit for ronnie james dio by the way RIP Dio you will be in our hearts forever - rocknrollhorselover

I love this song its one of my top favorites of all time - rocknrollhorselover

A beautiful song that soon will be in my arm forever!

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5 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow

Awesome tune on an awesome lp!

The best, as so many are of Dio/early Rainbow songs were
Cutting edge, and as usual, Blackmore started that style of rock, and Ronnie was the perfect fit, and he put Ronnie on the "map" to be seen...

A stand out track.

Just listen to it and you'll understand completely why this is my choice.

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6 A Light In the Black - Rainbow

Great track from rainbow rising awesome vocals by ronnie james dio

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8 Man on the Silver Mountain - Rainbow

Ritchie and Ronnie are a perfect duo for metal. Nothing comes close, not even Hetfield and Hammett. - bighercules

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9 The Last in Line - Dio

No, no, Either this one or Rainbow in The Dark should be #1, MAYBE children of The sea, not some Rainbow song boi

This is my personal number one...listen again.

After Heaven and Hell this is the next best song!

So Good, Can't stop Listening to this song!

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10 Children of the Sea - Black Sabbath

Amazing song. But the first time I heard this song my big brother was playing it, and he passed away nearly fourteen years ago. That might weigh heavily on my opinion.

Its totally a kick ass song. love the vocals of ronnie I guess this is one of Black Sabbath's epic rock song

Great song on an epic album. Lady Evil should be here as well...

One of my favourite songs ever.

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The Contenders

11 Lock Up the Wolves - Dio

Appeared on the last dio album that went Gold in the states.

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12 Don't Talk to Strangers - Dio

The vocals in this song were unbelievably beautiful. So high at the beginning, yet so powerful towards the end.

Dio at his best

Ronnie James Dio is the greatest rock singer that has ever lived on the planet earth since the beginning of time... Plain and simple... And for some one to be better then him your above god... When he passed I cryed badly... I have all his cd's and movie's of him... He is a legend... If life lasts another million years how will he ever be beaten...

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13 Neon Knights - Black Sabbath

Best song I have ever heard of RJD!

Another that I am shocked it is not here. Great song to open up Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath's second best album, behind Paranoid of course.

Dio at his absolute best with Sabbath. Awesome tempo and it really deserves to be up there in the top ten along with We Rock and Stand Up and Shout

This one is legendary. That's all I can say.

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14 Love is All - Roger Glover (Featuring Ronnie James Dio)

Just beautiful!

Great performance on this fun track. From the Butterfly Ball and the Grasshoppers Feast concept album, and later on deep purple's live at the royal albert hall. Was well received in the Netherlands and Australia.

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17 Between Two Hearts - Dio

A stand out track.

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18 The Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath

"fade away, fade away, vanish into smoke, fade away, fade away, break the crystal ball" a really heavy song by black Sabbath. It's so beautiful. Deserves to be at least the second best Dio song.

Iommi's beautiful acoustic intro followed by a bad-ass riff and Dio's amazing voice and fantastical lyrics at their best. The dichotomy between gentle and powerful both musically and vocally make this a very special song.

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19 Stand Up and Shout - Dio

I LOVE this song, it's one of my favorite Ronnie James Dio songs, I listen to it almost all the time.

Rock on, Ronnie, We miss you :(

How the hell is this not on the list? Brilliant opener to Holy Diver!

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20 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

Wonderful melody, Ronnie sings so good.. love this song

The word 'magical' describes best this tune. - Metal_Treasure

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21 Wonderworld - Elf

Great track off of the Trying To Burn The Sun release. Produced by Roger Glover who also did the Judas Priest sin after sin release.

"I'm a fire, burning higher, trying to burn the sun." Great.

22 Bible Black - Heaven & Hell

One of heaviest Dio songs, worse than Stargazer, but still one of the best!

Song to be listened closely by all religious extremists

Song Comes in mind when I hear News about is and that

It is here at number 10! Are you mad? This is one of the sweetest songs of RJD.

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23 This is Your Life - Dio UListen to Sample
24 We Rock - Dio

Fast, anthemic, awesome.. The perfect metal song in my opinion done by the Man on the Silver Mountain

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25 Long Live Rock 'N' Roll - Rainbow UListen to Sample
26 Dixie Lee Junction - Elf UListen to Sample
27 Gypsy - Dio

From the holy diver album

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28 Stars - Hear 'n Aid

I think this is worth being mentioned. Although there was a bunch of others singing besides him, it was completely his initiative. The song is awesome! - sumit

Great song for a great cause

29 Catch the Rainbow - Rainbow

This song and title is just amazing. Listening to it from "On Stage" live album is just breathtaking and awesome. What a performer and performance

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30 Kill the King - Rainbow

I don't believe it is not in the top of the list... Perfect song...

This song was insanely fast for the 70s and it was/is one of the most influential metal songs. It was covered by many bands:
Heathen, Metallica, Candlemass, Jorn, Primal Fear, Adrenaline Mob, Liege Lord, Grave Digger, and several more. - Metal_Treasure

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31 Starstruck - Rainbow UListen to Sample
32 The Mob Rules - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
33 The Temple of the King - Rainbow

Wow. This is top ten!

Very touching song...Need to stay more?

I suggest the Scopions cover of this song... Very impressing

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34 Straight Through the Heart - Dio

How is this not on here? This and Shame on the Night are my favorite songs by Dio.

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36 Die Young - Black Sabbath

This song should be in top 5!

One of dio's best songs.
Also the riff maker, Sir tony iommi did a great job.

One of the best songs! It should be on the top five

I love this Song so much!
It's a typical Dio Song...
The Feelings in this Song are so awesome and it still Rocks!
R.I. P Ronnie James Dio,
We will never forget you

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37 I - Black Sabbath

How was this song not even included in the list? It's easily in the top twenty.

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38 Ain't It All Amusing - Elf

Great track

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39 All the Fools Sailed Away - Dio

The most powerful singing by the voice of metal, in my opinion, the best dio song, followed by stargazer, rainbow eyes, don't talk to strangers, etc.

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40 Follow the Tears - Heaven & Hell
41 Caught in the Middle - Dio UListen to Sample
42 Hoochie Koochie Lady - Elf UListen to Sample
43 Computer God - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
44 Naked in the Rain - Dio UListen to Sample
45 Metal Will Never Die - The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2

The first true heavy metal song

Last song he wrote before he passed away..

46 Good Time Music - Elf

"good time music is coming back today." RJD

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48 Falling Off the Edge of the World - Black Sabbath

Very good song, must be on the top 10

One of my favorites.

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49 Black Swampy Water - Elf
50 Killing the Dragon - Dio UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (12)

1. Stargazer - Rainbow
2. A Light In the Black - Rainbow
3. The Sign of the Southern Cross - Black Sabbath
1. Stargazer - Rainbow
2. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
3. Holy Diver - Dio
1. Stargazer - Rainbow
2. Rainbow in the Dark - Dio
3. Gates of Babylon - Rainbow

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