When all is said, done, and Tweeted, the talent of Amy Winehouse cannot be denied. By effortlessly fusing old school soul with new school pop, Winehouse gave the world great music that not only touched the lives of ordinary listeners — but the lives of talented producers as well. Amy’s timeless, smoky voice and nostalgic compositions can weave into so many kinds of genres, which explains why her tracks have been remixed time and time again.
Here are the best remixes of Amy Winehouse songs to date:
1. Organized Noize — “Tears Dry on Their Own”
Amy never performed in Atlanta, but she still has listeners in the Dirty Dirty. ATLiens Big Boi and Organized Noize released their spin on “Tears Dry on Their Own” soon after Amy’s death.
2. Jolly Boys — “Rehab”
Jamaica’s Jolly Boys went to “Rehab” and dropped a cheerful, reggae take on Amy’s most famous song. Originally a heavy track, the Grammy award-winning hit sounds completely different when set to an island-inspired tune.
3. Reynaldo Klawa — “Stronger than Me”
Brazil’s Reynaldo Klawa put the lyrics of “Stronger than Me” to a heavy, electropop instrumental.
4. Gustavo Mota — “Back to Black”
There’s nothing wrong with an old-fashioned house remix. Gustavo Mota of São Paulo sticks to the basics in his “Back to Black” reproduction.
5. Ghostface Killah — “You Know I’m No Good”
After his studio session with Justin Bieber, this remix comes as no surprise. Ghostface Killah layed down a few bars on “You Know I’m No Good” in ’08.
6. Jay-Z — “Rehab”
Here’s another hip hop remix with Mr. New York himself. Amy was a huge fan of the genre, so it was only fitting that Jay-Z gave “Rehab” his blessing.
7. Hot Chip — “Rehab”
Are you guys noticing a trend? “Rehab” is arguably the music industry’s favorite song to remix. English electropop band Hot Chip broke out their synthesizer and switched up the song in 2007.
8. The Count & Sinden — “Valerie”
UK house duo The Count & Sinden gave “Valerie,” originally covered by Winehouse and Mark Ronson, an uptempo spin. The ditty that describes a really bad break up now makes us want to go out and put on our “F**k Me Pumps.”
9. M.J. Cole — “F**k Me Pumps”
Speaking of her track “F**k Me Pumps,” Amy worked with M.J. Cole, an English house producer and remixer, who gave the song a wicked mix.
10. Sully — “Back to Black”
“Back to Black” gets even darker with Sully’s trance remix. The Welsh DJ extends the ballad to eight minutes, letting listeners get lost in Amy’s sorrows.
11. The Moody Boyz — “Love is a Losing Game”
The Moody Boyz from the UK win with their dubstep rendition of “Love is a Losing Game.”
12. Tony Loreto — “Love is a Losing Game”
Another “Love…” remix comes from Naples’ Tony Loreto, a house DJ. This one has a funky, 80s-inspired sound.
13. Seiji — “Take the Box”
England loves them some Amy — and why not? She was a musical hometown hero. Seiji from London, a specialist in breakbeat, put his magic touch on “Take the Box<” from her underrated album Frank (B-sides).
14. Zaz — “You Know I’m No Good”
When it comes to dubstep, you don’t mess with Texas. Producer Zaz adds some drum and bass to “You Know I’m No Good.”
15. Harmonic 33 — “Stronger than Me”
UK’s Harmonic 33′s jazzy spin on “Stronger than Me” is genius — it shows off the understated elegance that Amy was known for in her early career.
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– Khalea Underwood