Top 10 Cover Versions of Dio Songs

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.

The Top Ten

1 Don'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

2 Kill 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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3 We Rock - Metal Allegiance V 1 Comment
4 Don'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

5 Neon Knights - Anthrax
6 The Mob Rules - Adrenaline Mob V 1 Comment
7 Holy 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

8 Rainbow In the Dark - Corey Taylor
9 Stargazer - Mundanus Imperium V 1 Comment
10 Heaven 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 Contenders

11 Heaven and Hell - Stryper
12 The 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

13 Kill the King - Metallica
14 Man On the Silver Mountain - Judas Priest
15 Starstruck - Motörhead with Biff Byford
16 Heaven and Hell - Benedictum
17 Kill the King - Stratovarius
18 Kill the King - Heathen
19 Gates of Babylon - Age of Nemesis
20 Ronnie Rising Medley - Metallica
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Top Remixes

1. Don't Talk To Strangers - Blind Guardian
2. Kill the King - Jorn
3. We Rock - Metal Allegiance
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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