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 Neon Knights - Anthrax

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

3 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

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

Metal Allegiance is a supergroup with a debut album in 2015. We Rock line-up (also watch the video):
Vocals: Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy & Steve “Zetro” Souza
Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick
Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy
Additional Lead Guitar: Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel & Gary Holt - Metal_Treasure

6 The Mob Rules - Adrenaline Mob

Vox: Russell Allen of Symphony X (he's a powerhouse) - Metal_Treasure

7 Rainbow In the Dark - Corey Taylor
8 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

9 Ronnie Rising Medley - Metallica
10 Stargazer - Mundanus Imperium

It's Jorn Lande again. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 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

12 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

13 The Last in Line - Tenacious D

Jack Black and Dio are admittedly a pretty good mix. - truckturner

Jack's vocals are passionate and powerful.

14 Starstruck - Motörhead with Biff Byford
15 Temple of the King - Angel Dust
16 Heaven and Hell - Stryper
17 Egypt (The Chains Are On) - Doro
18 Kill the King - Stratovarius
19 Gates of Babylon - Age of Nemesis
20 Straight Through the Heart - Halestorm
21 Kill the King - Metallica
22 Man On the Silver Mountain - Judas Priest
23 Catch The Rainbow - Glenn Hughes
24 Heaven and Hell - Benedictum
25 Kill the King - Heathen
26 Man On the Silver Mountain - Forgotten Realm
27 Tarot Woman - Opera Magna
28 Kill the King - Liege Lord
29 Stargazer - Domine
30 Kill the King - Adrenaline Mob
31 Stargazer - Dream Theater

I am not very happy with LaBrie vocals to be honest (compared to some other vocal performances on this list). I expected more from him. But I added this cover because it's a tribute to a great singer. - Metal_Treasure

32 Man On the Silver Mountain - Hammerfall
33 Tarot Woman - Liar Symphony
34 Kill the King - Primal Fear
35 Gates of Babylon - Yngwie Malmsteen

Vox: Jeff Scott Soto - Metal_Treasure

36 Stargazer - Lana Lane
37 Kill the King - Grave Digger
38 Stargazer - Týr
39 Kill the King - Candlemass
40 I - Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain
41 Heaven and Hell - Solitude Aeturnus
42 Kill the King - Tarot
43 Long Live Rock 'N' Roll - Gamma Ray
44 Gates of Babylon - Tad Morose
45 Long Live Rock 'N' Roll - Kraljevski Apartman
46 Man on the Silver Mountain - Rob Halford
47 Stand Up and Shout - Destruction
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List Stats

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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. Neon Knights - Anthrax
3. Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage
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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