Our favourite songs from the late, great soul singer
To call the life of Amy Winehouse a rollercoaster ride is something of an understatement. Award-winning highs and tragic lows, including her much-maligned appearance in Dubai Festival City in February, pictured above, peppered her life right to her death in a London flat at the weekend.
Her distinctive voice and songwriting talents were often overshadowed her public struggle with drugs and alcohol. But let’s remember one of the most talented performers of her generation at her best, when she was on stage, with Time Out’s five favourite Amy songs.
5 Stronger Than Me
Her debut single from first album Frank was the lowest-charting of her life, peaking at number 71 on the UK Singles Chart. The song nevertheless won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song Musically & Lyrically in 2004.
4 You Know I’m No Good
Reached number 18 in the UK singles chart. Billboard said the track “could be no better” while People magazine called it "instantly memorable." Was rerecorded with guest vocals from Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, who included it on his album More Fish.
3 Back To Black
Written by Winehouse and Mark Ronson and produced by Ronson. In something of a grim prediction of her death, the music video features a funeral procession in which Winehouse mourns over a grave, which reads "R.I.P. the Heart of Amy Winehouse"
The track that will be forever associated with Winehouse’s battles with drink and drugs, lyrics such as ‘I don't ever wanna drink again, I just ooh I just need a friend’ offer a tragic insight into her personal problems. Also produced by Ronson, the song was her highest-charting solo single in her homeland, reaching number seven.
Winehouse may not have written ‘Valerie’, but she surely made it her own with her distinctive powerful, yet soulful voice. This funky, fun Mark Ronson version of The Zutons’ classic reached number two in the UK chart and spend 19 weeks in the top 20.