It has been five years since we lost this deeply expressive and soulful singer. At just 27, Amy Winehouse left us too soon, but fortunately she left us with a treasury of two incredible albums; Frank (2003) & Back to Black (2006). On what would’ve been her 32nd birthday, we celebrate her legacy and her ever-lasting impact on music by taking a look back at some of her best tracks.
5 – Tears Dry On Their Own
“Even if I stop wanting you, A perspective pushes through, I’ll be some next man’s other woman soon.”
Sampling a Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, this mid-tempo track is taken from her 2nd studio album Back to Back. The musical content of this song is somewhat hopeful as Winehouse sings about dismantled romance.
4 – Love Is a Losing Game
“Though I battle blind, love is a fate resigned, memories mar my mind, love is a fate resigned.”
This soulful ballad produced by Mark Ronson was the last and final single of Amy’s lifetime. Taken from her last studio album Back to Black, Love is a Losing Game sounds like an instant 1960s classic, although the lyrics remain ideally refreshing.
3 – F*ck Me Pumps
“He could be your whole life, if you got past one night, but that part never goes right.”
Taken from her debut album Frank, however suggestive the title might seem, this neo-soul track hits all the right notes. Her sassy-soulful voice makes the track’s raunchy lyrical content sound full of emotion.
2 – Rehab
“I didn’t get a lot in class, but I know it don’t come in a shot glass.”
An Amy Winehouse classic. However ironic the lyrical content might seem, taken into account the singers troubled addiction to alcohol, Rehab is a song that sounds timeless and strikingly contemporary. No wonder the song won three Grammys, including Record of the Year.
1- Back to Black
“And life is like a pipe, and I’m a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside.”
The singer’s tremulous relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil was never a secret. When they separated, Amy poured her heart out to her one and only true love–music, dissecting the poisonous relationship with utmost sincerity. The result? A heart-rending 1960s breakup song, with emotions that could move mountains.
“Since I’ve come on home, well my body’s been a mess, and I’ve missed your ginger hair, and the way you like to dress”
Although Amy is just a featured artist on this Mark Ronson track, Valerie, a song originally by The Zutons, is a perfect example of Amy’s brilliant ability to make a song her own.