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JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Dio edition

Dio Ultimate

Ronnie James Dio’s voice was silenced five years ago, but his legacy lives on through the recordings made during his lifetime. His solo career followed stints in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Black Sabbath. It was very difficult to make this Ultimate Mixtape because there are so many great songs, but rules are rules.

  • Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
  • That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
  • Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixed songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
  • Live albums are a great way to sneak additional songs into the mix. Can you imagine a Dio Ultimate Mixtape without “Rainbow in the Dark” and “Holy Diver”? Me neither.

Click play on the YouTube video, review my list, make your own, and buy some Dio today.

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Dio edition

Of course, Ronnie James Dio did much more in his career than just Dio. He also sang with Elf, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and made several guest appearances on friends’ records. Below is just a small sampling of those projects. Explore more of Ronnie’s career at

Bonus tracks:

What’s missing? What is on your Ultimate Mixtape: Dio edition that is not on mine?

Ronnie James Dio with Heaven and Hell: Live at Rockpalast, 2009

Ronnie James Dio died three years ago

Ronnie James Dio

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when we lost the heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio. On May 16, 2010, he succumbed to stomach cancer.

Read this interview with former Dio drummer Simon Wright about Dio.

At the time of Ronnie’s passing, I was still hosting the Hard Rock Nights radio program and had the opportunity to speak with some musicians that had worked with him. You can hear those interviews below:

Rowan Robertson:

Tracy G:

Robert Sarzo:

Chuck Garric:

Finally, remember the music of Ronnie James Dio with three of my favorite songs featuring his voice…

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