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Dearly departed playlist: A tribute to all the artists who died this year, via their own music


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The music world lost a number of great contributors and classic artists this year, and far too many of them clearly had unfinished business. EW has already memorialized many of them, from the tragic end of taken-before-their-time artists like Amy Winehouse, Heavy D, and Gerard Smith of TV on the Radio, to the decades-long influence of industry icons such as Jerry Lieber, Clarence Clemons, Don Kirshner, and Nick Ashford. They will all be missed because each one of them left an indelible mark on the music world.

In an effort to tip our collective hat to them one last time before the year is out, we’ve put together a special (though by no means exhaustive) playlist, which features a key song that best sums up the career of the dearly departed, from the one hit wonders to the career giants. Enjoy reliving each one’s greatest moments.

Amy Winehouse, “Tears Dry on Their Own”

Nate Dogg, "Regulate" (with Warren G)

Phoebe Snow, “Poetry Man”

Heavy D, "Nuttin' But Love"

Poly Styrene, "Oh Bondage! Up Yours!" (with X-Ray Spex)

Jerry Leiber, "Jailhouse Rock" (performed by Elvis Presley)

Jani Lane, "Heaven" (with Warrant)