Winehouse’s musical career ended in tragedy after she was found dead Saturday at her London home.
The eccentric pop and soul singer often crooned about issues very personal – and very real – to her. Her abusive relationships and sex- and drug-fueled life were her primary subject matter that won her worldwide acclaim. And her voice lay in stark contrast to the uber-poppy 20-something singers all too common today. Channeling a jazzy, soulful style of eras past, Winehouse wowed audiences the world over.
She stumbled upon a musical career as a 16-year-old when her demo tape landed in the hands of her friend, soul singer Tyla James, who helped score her a record deal. In 2003, she released her first CD, Frank, to critical acclaim and moderate success. But it wasn’t until 2006 with the release of Back to Black that Winehouse found truly international fame. The album won five Grammys and produced five charting singles.
Winehouse was found dead in her flat in London’s Camden neighborhood of still unexplained causes. In her passing, she joins the “Forever 27” club with other musical luminaries who died at the young age of 27 – long-remembered artists like Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones.
In memory of Winehouse, here are some of her most poignant tracks, ones that will surely live on.
Unarguably Winehouse’s biggest hit single, describing her own struggles with substance abuse
Stronger Than Me
Her first single from her first album, Frank
You Know I’m No Good
A song that charted around the world, performed at the Grammys with a Ghostface Killah guest appearance
Back To Black
Her abusive relationship and drug struggles both influence her second most-popular song