It's been a year since Amy Winehouse's untimely death. We look back on her best tracks.
It’s been a year since Amy Winehouse passed away, and her presence in the UK music scene is still missed. Sales of her music have hit 1.7m since her death from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 and her posthumous album Lioness reached number one following its release in December.
Here’s ten of her best songs.
1) Stronger than Me
From her first album Frank, Stronger than me tells the story of an exasperated girlfriend lamenting her boyfriend’s failure to be a strong man. The song won an Ivor Novello award for best contemporary song in 2004.
The first single from Back to Black, this autobiographical song gave us one of the first insights into Amy’s problems with alcohol. It’s known as Amy’s ‘signature song’.
3) Me and Mr Jones
Inspired by the soul classics of the 1970s, this is one of the more humorous songs from Back to Black. It’s packed with cultural references ranging from Sammy Davis Jnr to rapper Nas.
4) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Amy’s poignant cover of the Shirelles classic. Her slow-tempo, jazz arrangement was included on the soundtrack of Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason.
5) Love is a Losing Game
The final single released in her lifetime, George Michael has claimed this is his favourite song. She performed it live as a return to form at the 2007 Mercury Music ceremony, after taking some time out to deal with her addictions.
6) Between the Cheats
Taken from Lioness, her posthumous collection of unreleased songs, Between the Cheats has a heavy doo wop influence, as well as Amy’s signature lyrical word play running throughout. A classic in the making.
7) You Know I’m No Good
The second single from Back to Black is a blend of jazz and R’n’B with modern lyrics. The name of her DVD documentary ‘I Told you I was Trouble’ comes from the chorus of this track.
Originally released by indie band The Zutons, Amy covered this song with Mark Ronson for his album ‘Version’. It’s Amy’s most successful chart hit, peaking at number two and selling almost 500,000 copies in the UK.
9) Back to Black
About her devastation at being left by Blake Fielder-Civil, who would later become her husband, the video for the song has a funereal theme, culminating in Amy mourning over a grave which reads ‘RIP the heart of Amy Winehouse’.
10) Fxxk me Pumps
The final single from Frank sees Amy lambasting gold-digging girls and footballers’ wives types while explaining the irony of it all.