Top 10 Cover Versions of Dio Songs

Metal_Treasure
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 10 covers on this list and counting - not bad for an old song from the 70s. Seems metal musicians like it a lot. - Metal_Treasure

@visitor - this would be off topic. - Metal_Treasure

3 Neon Knights - Anthrax

Anthrax would be an excellent Dio cover band and this song proves it - christangrant

4 Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage

A 100 times better than Bullet For My Valintine's cover of Crazy Train - christangrant

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

5 We Rock - Metal Allegiance V 1 Comment
6 The Mob Rules - Adrenaline Mob V 1 Comment
7 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

8 Rainbow In the Dark - Corey Taylor
9 Ronnie Rising Medley - Metallica
10 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

The Contenders

11 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

12 Starstruck - Motörhead with Biff Byford
13 Stargazer - Mundanus Imperium V 1 Comment
14 Straight Through the Heart - Halestorm
15 Heaven and Hell - Stryper
16 Kill the King - Metallica
17 Man On the Silver Mountain - Judas Priest
18 Heaven and Hell - Benedictum
19 Kill the King - Stratovarius
20 Kill the King - Heathen
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1. Don't Talk To Strangers - Blind Guardian
2. Kill the King - Jorn
3. We Rock - Metal Allegiance
Metal_Treasure
1. Don't Talk To Strangers - Blind Guardian
2. Neon Knights - Anthrax
3. Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage
christangrant
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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