Amy_Winehouse_-_Back_to_Black_(album)Amy Winehouse – “Rehab” – 2006

One of the most sadly ironic songs of all time, Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” was the single that put her on the map. It was her only top 10 hit in the U.S. and won three Grammys, including Record of the Year. This song stands to remind of us Amy’s sheer vocal talent.

#101 – Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse – “Valerie” – (2007)

From one incredible vocal to the next. “Valerie” was a song originally released by British indie rock band The Zutons in 2006. Mark Ronson, who is a producer and musician in his own right, covered the song the following year. He asked Amy Winehouse to provide the vocals – my favorite Winehouse performance ever, by the way. Ronson produced some songs for Amy over the years and, how I remember reading it, she agreed to be “featured” on the track as a thank you to Mr. Ronson for his support in helping her become a household name. She doesn’t even appear in the music video as to have done so would’ve put the entire spotlight on her. This was a huge hit in Europe. With all due respect to The Zutons and hipster fans who “liked the original better” – this is better. Recognize brilliance when you hear it.