Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ was a modern classic. As well as changing the sound of so much pop music which came in its wake, Winehouse’s ability to wrap her emotionally honest lyrics into irresistible melodies not only resonated with the public, critics but also her contemporaries.
Here are the best Amy Winehouse cover versions that followed in the wake of ‘Back To Black’.
1) Arctic Monkeys – ‘You Know I’m No Good’
Winehouse’s cheating saga had Alex Turner emoting like some latter-day Scott Walker, while her lines about “Stella” and “chips and pitta” sounded absolutely at home in his mouth.
2) Elbow, ‘Back To Black’
Shorn of that insistent drum beat and the piano, Elbow eke out even more maudlin sadness from Winehouse’s second album, backed by a stunning string accompaniment.
3) Wanda Jackson – ‘You Know I’m No Good’
Jack White produced this cover from the rockabilly legend, with Jackson purring like some demonic angel from a David Lynch flick.
4) Lightspeed Champion – ‘Back To Black’
Dev Hynes strips the track back (as well as reversing the gender), and sounds suitably distraught and heartbroken.
5) Girls Aloud – ‘Rehab’
A rather twee version of her biggest track, though it finds well-known caner Sarah Harding emoting especially hard.