It’s worth mentioning that Winehouse’s debut album ‘Frank’ was released when she was just 19 years old – but the entire record shows a wisdom and maturity far beyond her years. This track, which samples Nas’s 2003 song ‘Made You Look’, is all about having sex with your ex. However, Winehouse’s lyrics show she’s completely in control of the situation: ‘yours is a familiar face, but that don’t make your place safe in my bed… the only time I hold your hand, is to get the angle right', making it a soulful feminist power anthem.
Amy Winehouse may have left a relatively small body of work after her untimely death in 2011 but she has a massive legacy. Her first album 'Frank' reinvigorated UK jazz while her Grammy award-winning second album 'Back to Black' is the thirteenth-best-selling UK album of all time. In her honour, here are the ten best Amy Winehouse songs – surprisingly difficult to pick, because she never wrote a bad track.
Images taken from Charles Moriarty's book 'Before Frank', a series of previously unseen Amy Winehouse portraits.