Amy Winehouse - Back to Black - 2006

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Amy Winehouse - Back to Black - 2006

Introduction to "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" is an iconic song released in 2006, renowned for its soulful melodies and deeply personal lyrics. It's a quintessential piece of modern soul music, blending elements of R&B, jazz, and pop, and showcasing Winehouse's unique vocal style and songwriting skills.

Background of the Song

Released as part of the album of the same name, "Back to Black" became a huge commercial success and a critical darling. The song, characterized by its retro sound, draws heavily on Winehouse's personal experiences, particularly her tumultuous relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil.

Musical and Lyrical Analysis

Musically, "Back to Black" features a blend of classic soul music elements with a contemporary edge. The lyrics are poignant and autobiographical, offering a raw and emotional insight into Winehouse's life and her struggles with love and addiction.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Back to Black" released? (2006) (!2005) (!2007) (!2008)

Which genre best describes "Back to Black"? (Soul) (!Pop) (!Rock) (!Jazz)

What is a distinct musical feature of "Back to Black"? (Retro sound) (!Electronic beats) (!Heavy metal guitar riffs) (!Operatic vocals)

Who was a major influence on the song's lyrical content? (Blake Fielder-Civil) (!Mark Ronson) (!Jay-Z) (!Paul McCartney)

Which record label released "Back to Black"? (Island Records) (!Sony Music) (!Warner Bros. Records) (!Universal Music Group)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

In what year was Amy Winehouse born? (1983) (!1980) (!1985) (!1978)

Amy Winehouse was known for her unique blend of which musical styles? (Jazz, Soul, and R&B) (!Rock, Pop, and Electronic) (!Classical, Country, and Blues) (!Hip-Hop, Reggae, and Folk)

Which album, besides "Back to Black," is one of Winehouse's most famous works? ("Frank") (!"Born to Die") (!"21") (!"Thriller")

What distinct feature was part of Amy Winehouse's appearance? (Beehive hairstyle) (!Rainbow-colored hair) (!Gothic makeup) (!Cowboy hat)

In which city was Amy Winehouse born? (London) (!New York) (!Los Angeles) (!Berlin)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

Which phrase opens the chorus of "Back to Black"? ("We only said goodbye with words") (!"Love is a losing game") (!"Rehab, I said no, no, no") (!"He walks away, the sun goes down")

What does the phrase "Back to Black" metaphorically represent in the song? (Returning to sadness or depression) (!Going back to a lover) (!Celebrating good times) (!Overcoming challenges)

Which of these is a recurring theme in the song's lyrics? (Heartbreak and loss) (!Fame and fortune) (!Travel and adventure) (!Youth and happiness)

What does Amy refer to when she sings "I go back to...I go back to"? (Revisiting past emotions and memories) (!Returning to her hometown) (!Rekindling an old romance) (!Recovering from an illness)

The song's lyrics are notable for their (Depth and emotional vulnerability) (!Uplifting and positive messages) (!Humorous and light-hearted tone) (!Political and social commentary)


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Amy Winehouse Born in 1983
"Back to Black" Released in 2006
Blake Fielder-Civil Influence on Lyrics
Island Records Record Label
Beehive Hairstyle Amy's Signature Look

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist of songs that complement the style and mood of "Back to Black".
  2. Research Influences: Find out about other artists who influenced Amy Winehouse's music.
  3. Art Project: Create a piece of art inspired by the lyrics of "Back to Black".


  1. Cover Song: Record your own cover version of "Back to Black".
  2. Essay on Lyrics: Write an essay discussing the themes and emotions in the lyrics of "Back to Black".
  3. Musical Analysis: Analyze the musical composition of "Back to Black", focusing on its instrumentation and structure.


  1. Biography Project: Write a short biography of Amy Winehouse, focusing on her musical career.
  2. Comparative Study: Compare "Back to Black" with another song from the same era, discussing their musical and lyrical differences.
  3. Video Documentary: Create a mini-documentary on the cultural impact of "Back to Black".

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss Amy's Influence: Discuss how Amy Winehouse's music has influenced modern artists.
  2. Album Comparison: Compare "Back to Black" with her earlier album "Frank", focusing on the evolution of her musical style.
  3. Interpretation of Lyrics: Provide your interpretation of the song's lyrics and discuss what makes them effective.
  4. Amy's Vocal Style: Discuss the unique aspects of Amy Winehouse's vocal style and its impact on the song.
  5. Musical Legacy: Reflect on the lasting legacy of "Back to Black" in the music industry.

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