Holy Diver (song)

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"Holy Diver"
Single by Dio
from the album Holy Diver
B-side "Evil Eyes"
"Don't Talk to Strangers"
Released August 1983
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1983
Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Genre Heavy metal
Length 5:51
Label Vertigo
Mercury
Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Ronnie James Dio
Producer(s) Ronnie James Dio
Dio singles chronology
"Holy Diver"
(1983)
"Rainbow in the Dark"
(1984)

"Holy Diver" is a song recorded by heavy metal band Dio. It was released in August 1983 as the lead single from the band's debut album of the same name. Although it only reached number 40 on the Mainstream Rock chart at that time, today it is one of Dio's most popular songs. When played on the radio, many stations cut the extended instrumental intro sequence. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the song was placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles distributed by Clear Channel. In 2009, Holy Diver placed 43rd on VH1's Top 100 Hard Rock Songs.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Holy Diver", directed and edited by Arthur Ellis, features Dio as a hairy barbarian adventuring through a desolate church. First he strikes a shrouded figure and his hobgoblin friend with his sword, but instead of killing them he turns them into rats. He later visits a blacksmith who is forging a sword. He throws his sword in the trash and deftly catches the newly forged one.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control Charts)[2] 52
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[3] 60
United Kingdom (The Official Chart Company) 72
US Billboard Rock Tracks 40

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