But boy, did the troubled 27-year-old chanteuse leave an indelible mark. Not only was she credited with reviving classic Motown soul for a new generation, but also bringing back the beehive hairdo, which earned her a rep as a trendsetter and spawned a thousand imitators.
E! News pays tribute to Winehouse's music and style with a look back at five of her most memorable music videos.
This catchy 2006 song, the first single off Back to Black, her Grammy Award-winning second album, launched the then-23-year-old singer to international stardom. As it happened, "Rehab" also hinted at substance abuse issues to come as Winehouse sang in the refrain about her refusal to seek treatment for addiction. The track received universal acclaim and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"You Know I'm No Good"
The second single off Back to Black, this Mark Ronson-produced tune was an instant hit among critics and fans alike with its sexy blend of R&B and soul as Winehouse crooned about how much she "cheated" and warned her man that she was "trouble."
"Back to Black"
This black-and-white video for the third single off her multiplatinum-selling record of the same name shows Winehouse at her most emotional, singing about a lost lover, all the while we see images of her attending a funeral accompanied by a caravan of mourners behind her. Poignant and, sadly, prophetic.
"Tears Dry on Their Own"
Amy went four for four with this gem, which sampled the 1967 Motown classic "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" written by Ashford & Simpson (and made famous by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell). The clip was directed by famed photographer David LaChapelle and follows the beehive wonder wandering through Los Angeles' hip neighborhood of Echo Park.
"Love Is a Losing Game"
Released to radio at the end of 2007, this soulful ballad showed Winehouse at the top of her game. The diva performed the song live at the 2007 Mercury Prize and later the 2008 Brit Awards. George Michael, who invited Winehouse on stage at the end of his 2007 tour at The 02 arena to perform it with him, called "Love Is a Losing Game" one of the songs he'd take with him to a desert island.