Top 10 Metal Songs by Rainbow Created After Dio Departure

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Dio and Rainbow parted ways in 1978. This is sad because Dio and Ritchie Blackmore were one of the greatest tandems in metal.
But it's not true that after after Dio departure Rainbow stopped making metal songs. They didn't stop but their hard rock songs became more popular than their metal songs. And metal songs remained unnoticed and underrated by the metal fans.
However, these metal songs were noticed by the metal musicians as you can see.

The Top Ten

1 Drinking with the Devil
2 Eyes of the World

1979. To the best of my knowledge this was the first proto-symphonic metal song. It was ahead of its time - symphonic metal became a thing 20 years later. - Metal_Treasure

3 Death Alley Driver

1982. A very enjoyable speed metal song. I like very much the fast solo by Ritchie Blackmore. Vocals by Joe Lynn Turner are very good. - Metal_Treasure

This one reminds me of an Anthrax song. Maybe something from Spreading the Disease. - IronSabbathPriest

@IronSabbathPriest - I don't know, maybe the early Anthrax were influenced by Rainbow - Metal_Treasure

4 Hall of the Mountain King

1995. Amazing song, especially the second part. Its intensity and build up are exemplary. Great vocals from Doogie White.
The song sample is from a very good live show in Germany in 1995 but I would advice to find the original. There are 2 more songs on this list with samples from this live show (they're with the same green cover below). - Metal_Treasure

5 Fire Dance

1983. This is pure power metal before Heloween's Walls of Jericho. Even the drum beat is power metal. Drums - Chuck Burgi. - Metal_Treasure

6 Make Your Move
7 Eyes of Fire

1982. This is epic power/symphonic metal. Vocals - Joe Lynn turner. - Metal_Treasure

8 Spotlight Kid

1981. First I thought this song was hard rock but its riff was ripped off by about 10 metal bands, including Dream Theater (Panic Attack). In fact, this is the second most ripped off riff after Raining Blood by Slayer. So maybe this song is more metal than hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

9 Black Masquerade

The song sample is from a live version. Find the original. - Metal_Treasure

10 Difficult to Cure (Beethoven's Ninth)

1981. Beethoven metal cover. I love it very much. One of the instrumentals related to creation of neoclassical metal. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Wolf to the Moon

The song sample isn't the original, it's a live version. - Metal_Treasure

12 Stranded

1983. The most interesting thing in this song is the riff during the shouted part of the chorus ("stranded stranded stranded stranded"). Metallica's Welcome Home (Sanitarium) has a very similar riff. - Metal_Treasure

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1. Eyes of the World
2. Death Alley Driver
3. Hall of the Mountain King
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1. Eyes of the World
2. Death Alley Driver
3. Hall of the Mountain King
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1. Eyes of the World
2. Spotlight Kid
3. Difficult to Cure (Beethoven's Ninth)
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