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List of the best Rainbow albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Rainbow discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Rainbow albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Rainbow singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Rainbow album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Rainbow album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Rainbow album of all time?" or "What are the top Rainbow albums?" then this list will answer your questions. For the bands first three albums, singer Ronnie James Dio fronted the band before leaving in 1979. The metal band continued on, releasing numerous hard rock and power metal albums. The list here includes Rising, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, and more.

This list of popular Rainbow albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Share your opinion and vote up your favorite albums below, and vote down any you don't like.

Rising is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rainbow Albums of All Time
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1 149 VOTES

Rising


1. Tarot Woman
2. Run with the Wolf
3. Starstruck
4. Do You Close Your Eyes
5. Stargazer
6. A Light in the Black

Release Date: 1976

Artist: Rainbow

Producer: Martin Birch

Tracks: Tarot Woman, Starstruck, Run With the Wolf, A Light in the Black, Stargazer, + more

Length (mins): 00:33:43

Label: Polydor Records

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock, Power metal, Neoclassical metal

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Long Live Rock 'n' Roll is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rainbow Albums of All Time
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Long Live Rock 'n' Roll


1. Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
2. Lady of the Lake
3. L.A. Connection
4. Gates of Babylon
5. Kill the King
6. The Shed (Subtle)
7. Sensitive to Light
8. Rainbow Eyes

Release Date: 1997

Artist: Kraljevski Apartman

Tracks: King Sleaze, Dirty Angel, Ride, All the Way, Long Live Rock n' Roll, + more

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rainbow Albums of All Time
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1. Man on the Silver Mountain
2. Self Portrait
3. Black Sheep of the Family
4. Catch the Rainbow
5. Snake Charmer
6. Temple of the King
7. If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll
8. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
9. Still I'm Sad

Release Date: 1975

Artist: Rainbow

Tracks: Black Sheep of the Family, Still I'm Sad, If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll, Man on the Silver Mountain, Catch the Rainbow, + more

Label: Polydor Records

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Difficult to Cure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rainbow Albums of All Time
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Difficult to Cure


1. I Surrender
2. Spotlight Kid
3. No Release
4. Magic
5. Vielleicht Das Nächste Mal (Maybe Next Time)
6. Can't Happen Here
7. Freedom Fighter
8. Midtown Tunnel Vision
9. Difficult to Cure (Beethoven's Ninth)

Release Date: 1981

Artist: Rainbow

Tracks: Can't Happen Here, No Release, Freedom Fighter, Spotlight Kid, Vielleicht das nächste Mal (Maybe Next Time), + more

Label: Polydor Records

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Pop rock

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