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The Best Rainbow Albums of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 1.8k votes 525 voters 11.1k views10 items

List RulesThis list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

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.

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    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
    • Length (mins): 00:33:43
    • Label: Polydor Records
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock, Power metal, Neoclassical metal
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    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
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock
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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
    • Label: Polydor Records
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock
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  • 1. All Night Long
    2. Eyes of the World
    3. No Time to Lose
    4. Makin' Love
    5. Since You Been Gone
    6. Love's No Friend
    7. Danger Zone
    8. Lost in Hollywood

    • Release Date: 1979
    • Artist: Rainbow
    • Producer: Roger Glover
    • Tracks: All Night Long, Makin' Love, Danger Zone
    • Length (mins): 00:36:39
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Pop rock
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