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Amy Winehouse
Writer(s) Amy Winehouse
Ashford & Simpson
Producer(s) Salaam Remi
Length 3:07
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Singles "Rehab"
"You Know I'm No Good"
"Back to Black"
"Tears Dry on Their Own"
"Love Is a Losing Game"
Back to Black track listing
"Wake Up Alone"

"Tears Dry on Their Own" is a song written and recorded by English recording artist Amy Winehouse for her second studio album, Back to Black (2006). It was released as the album's fourth single on 31 July 2007. While the melody and lyrics are composed by Winehouse, the music behind her voice is a sample interpolation of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1967 Motown classic hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", penned by the married duo of Ashford & Simpson. The original ballad version of the track is featured on the 2011 posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures.

Music video Edit

The song's music video was shot in Los Angeles, and was directed by David LaChapelle on 22 May 2007. The clip features footage of Winehouse making her way through Echo Park and in a dim motel room. The hotel is the Grand Motel at 1479 S La Cienega Blvd, in Los Angeles. The video also features an appearance from Trisha Paytas. The video for this song was the second to last filmed prior to Winehouse's death on 23 July 2011.

Chart performance Edit

"Tears Dry on Their Own" became Winehouse's fourth consecutive single to chart inside the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, when it entered at number 37 on 5 August 2007. It also became her eighth UK R&B top 40 hit. The single spent four weeks at number one on the UK Airplay Chart during August. After the song's physical release, the single climbed into the top 20, peaking at number 16. Therefore, "Tears Dry on Their Own" is Winehouse's second highest-charting single behind "Rehab" and the fourth consecutive top 30 hit from her second album. To date, it has spent 19 non-consecutive weeks on the UK Singles Chart, making it her fourth longest-running hit behind "Rehab" (57 weeks), her collaboration with Mark Ronson, "Valerie" (39 weeks), and "Back to Black" (34 weeks).

With sales of 84,750, "Tears Dry on Their Own" went on to become the UK's 93rd best-selling single of 2007.

On 31 July, 2011, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at 27 after Winehouse's death.

Track listings Edit

UK CD single Edit

  1. "Tears Dry on Their Own" – 3:06
  2. "You're Wondering Now" – 2:31
  3. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (Alix Alvarez Sole Channel Mix) – 6:42
  4. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (Al Usher Remix) – 7:00
  5. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (Video)

UK limited edition clear 7" single Edit

  1. "Tears Dry on Their Own" – 3:06
  2. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (NYPC's Fucked Mix) – 4:39

Digital download – Remixes & B-sides EP Edit

  1. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (Vodafone Live at TBA) – 3:23
  2. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (Alix Alvarez Sole Channel Mix) – 5:35
  3. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (NYPC's Fucked Mix) – 4:39
  4. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (Al Usher Remix) – 6:59
  5. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (Kardinal Beats Remix) – 3:21

UK 12" single Edit

  1. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (Alix Alvarez Sole Channel Mix) – 6:42
  2. "Tears Dry on Their Own" (Al Usher Remix) – 7:00
  3. "Tears Dry on Their Own" – 3:06

Official versions and remixes Edit

  • Album Version – 3:06
  • Radio Edit – 3:08
  • Al Usher Remix – 7:00
  • Alix Alvarez Sole Channel Mix – 6:42
  • Kardinal Beats Remix – 3:20
  • NYPC's Fucked Mix – 4:39

Charts Edit

Chart (2007-08) Peak position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 3
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 100
European Hot 100 Singles 49
France (SNEP) 87
Germany (Official German Charts) 56
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 38
Ireland (IRMA) 26
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 16
UK R&B Singles Chart 6
U.S. Adult R&B (Billboard) 40
Chart (2011) Peak position
Belgian Back Catalogue Singles (Flanders) 8
Belgian Back Catalogue Singles (Wallonia) 23
Ireland (IRMA) 44


"Tears Dry on Their Own" Edit

  • Recorded by Franklin Socorro
  • Mixed by Tom Elmhirst
  • Producer –*
  • Recorded by Gleyder "Gee" Disla, Shomari "Sho" Dillon
  • Bass, piano, guitar – Salaam Remi
  • Written by Amy Winehouse
  • Drums, tambourine – Troy Auxilly-Wilson
  • Mixed by Matt Paul
  • Trumpet (bass), trumpet, flugelhorn – Bruce Purse
  • Saxophone (baritone, tenor & alto), flute, clarinet, piano, celesta (celeste), guitar – Vincent Henry
  • Backing vocals – Amy Winehouse

"You're Wondering Now" Edit

  • Recorded by Jon Moon
  • Featuring – Ade*, Zalon*
  • Written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson*, Clement Dodd
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