When asked about Beyonce and Andre 3000 taking on Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” her frequent collaborator Mark Ronson said he was “flattered and honored” while noting that “Amy would be, too.” They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While Beyonce’s sultry take on Amy’s signature song is a winner, we’ve got the mental wheels turning on other artists that should do the same. Like the late singer, all five of these singers have carved their own lane in music, making them standouts like Winehouse. Click through the pages and decide if you agree.
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Melanie Fiona- When Amy abruptly passed in 2011, one of the first artists to tribute her was Canadian songbird Melanie Fiona. Her take on “Wake Up Alone” (at 4am!) is beyond soulful and leaves us wanting more.
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Florence Welch- As lead singer of Florence + the Machine, this British chanteuse is known for her theatrical voice and unique fashion choices. Like Amy, she uses her personal relationships for writing inspiration. We would love to hear her energetic take on an uptempo track like “Tears Dry On Their Own.”
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Adele- This record breaker has called Amy an inspiration multiple times. These two made British pop music cool again with their emotional lyrics and addictive melodies. It’s only right that Adele take on an Amy ballad.
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Solange- If there’s one American artist that can match Amy’s throwback fashion sense, it’s Beyonce’s little sister. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s rejected the traditional norms of R&B music to make offbeat tunes for indie audiences. Solange’s sweet voice would sound great on “You Know I’m No Good.”
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Sade- Before Amy, there was Sade. Her signature tracks like “Smooth Operator” and “Kiss of Life” prove that you don’t have to wail to get people’s attention. We would love to hear an even jazzier version of an Amy Winehouse song from her fellow British import.
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