“Rainbow in the Dark” was the second single released by Dio, taken from their Platinum-selling 1983 debut album, Holy Diver. Assisted by a popular MTV music video, it reached #12 on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks.
It was numbered 13 on VH1’s “Top 40 Greatest Metal Songs”.
The music video was filmed close to the time of the original studio recording of the song. The video’s location takes place in central London, with scenes alternating between shots of a man following a woman through a street lined with pornographic cinemas, and Ronnie James Dio singing from a rooftop. The implied malicious intent of the man is made evident during the guitar solo, when guitarist Vivian Campbell (and later bassist Jimmy Bain) appear and effectively “scare” him away after he follows the woman into a moviehouse, with the woman kissing Campbell on the cheek in apparent gratitude. The video includes shots of tourist attractions such as Nelson’s Column, Westminster Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, and Soho.
The song was covered by Corey Taylor, with support from Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci & Jason Christopher for the Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life – Tribute.