Ronnie James Dio

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Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.


Best voice ever heard. Every rock fan should know this name. He was really a god of singing. Unfortunately, only the good die young!

He is a God because he is immortal. Even if death took him so early he will live forever in the hearts of true music fans and in the small underground record shops that have shouldered to preserve a huge part of our civilization, rock music. Rock was so much more than just music. It was a movement, a statement of young people against oppression and discrimination. They said "enjoy your life because you only have one and don't believe in this bs church tries to pass as morality. Jesus never said that you should always live in abstinence and away from pleasure".

Songs of that time were pure poetry. Take Pink Floyd for example. And now most of the modern songs talk about butts and Britney Spears is believed to be better than Dio.

Long live Ronnie!

Ronnie not only had the greatest voice in rock history, but he was the ultimate frontman as well. His early work with Elf and The Prophets in his pre-metal days was really compelling stuff. His range was incredible to say the least. And most importantly, Ronnie didn't have the rockstar ego, he was just another guy who treated his fans as equals. LONG LIVE ROCK N' ROLL!

I'm pretty sure this whole list is just one big popularity contest. No one knows what singing really is anymore. As long as the person's songs are catchy, people are hooked. MJ, Freddie Mercury, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Dio, Robert Plant, etc. are the real legends. How on earth could people place Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Eminem above them? I think our generation needs to get their heads screwed on straight and listen to real music! Dio, Halford, Dickinson, Mercury, all the way!

Oh my, Dio not in top 10? And Hetfield, Bieber, Eminem, Britney and so on are better than him? Have you ever heard any Dio song? This little man is better than many vocalists on this list! Even if you don't listen to Metal/Rock, you have to admit that Dio has to be in top 10.

59? I don't believe this! HE is a TRUE LEGEND near Rob Halford ((55)? ), Ozzy Osbourne ((38)! ) I'm not saying that Michael Jackson or Freddie Mercury or Elvis Presley are not a legends but 59... for DIO! Hey people you really don't know who is Ronnie Dio? Or you've never heard his songs? His voice?

He has absolutely the best singing voice ever in the history of humankind. He obviously should be first or at least in top 3 with Freddie Mercury and someone else I really don't care, expect this guy is a God himself!

He's among my top 5 best vocalist of all time that I've ever had the privilege of listening to...That sheer rawness and grittiness as well as the penchant for latching on to every single word while singing just blows my mind...He's the quintessence of the phrase ("Big things comes in small package")...A bow of respect to the legend... - Arhaan95

What is he doing at 39 below Rihanna? Are you serious, people?

I don't listen to Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath (when he was in) or Heaven And Hell enough, but the song 'Temple Of The King' is more than enough to consider him the best singer, along with Bruce Dickinson (when I saw he was on the list too, it was getting difficult).

How the are Dio and Ozzy below Rhianna, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars? These people suck at singing! Ozzy and Dio have unique and amazing voices!


tell me how can a kid like be above a guy who reinvented music? for those who have never heard him it really is your loss. but unfortunately he went to meet hendrix now.

Seriously tell me how... Well anyone is above dio, what he did to the rock industry and the dedication he had to it throughout his life we were just solidified by his unstoppable voice, katy perry is above him.

From the days of Rainbow when we first heard Man on the Silver Mountain' he delivered. Still blown away every time I listen him sing Mistreated, Still I'm sad, and many more. RIP - cjvk3

I live in woe knowing that taylor swift, katy perry, adele, Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and all the brain dead pop stars are even on this list! How can they be higher than Dio?! Dio belongs in the top 5.

Ha,i was scrolling down this page wondering if people one here even knew who Dio was. Dio should be at least in the top 3 with Chuck Schuldiner.

The Man With the Golden Throat. Dio simply exudes power metal. Just simply outstanding power, range, pitch and variety. He truly is a legend; maybe a term utilized too often and too freely. - justinrobben

I scrolled past so many singers that Dio is at least 10 times better than, to get here. It doesn't matter what genre of music you listen to, you have to agree that Dio's voice is amazing.

The best singer of all times! So much beauty and expression in his great voice! He'll never be forgotten! R.I.P. Ronnie

You can't put Axl rose and madonna ahead of Ronnie. And why is Eminem here, he just raps really fast and that somehow makes him a good singer? RIP RONNIE JAMES DIO, best singer of all time

Please Ronnie could throw any of the people in front of him on this list out the window with his amazing voice he was the best

Ronnie had the greatest voice of all time, it was very unique with such quality in every word he sung! God bless him forever!

By far the greatest singer of all time, his vocal range is emphatic and for such a small man he had everything in his locker. It is a shame to see that there are others that are supposedly rated, Madonna for Christ sake...

The fact that these corporation made pop trash artists are above the legendary Dio is a disgrace to music. None of them could even dream of making anything on the level of Stargazer.

Bill Kaaulitz? Madonna? GUNTHER? Better than Dio? Very funny, Dio is a metal legend he has great voice and great music. Best metal vocal ever - Archon