Love Is a Losing Game

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"Love Is a Losing Game"
Single by Amy Winehouse
from the album Back to Black
  • 7 December 2007 (Ireland)
  • 10 December 2007 (UK)
Songwriter(s)Amy Winehouse
Producer(s)Mark Ronson
Amy Winehouse singles chronology
"Love Is a Losing Game"
"B Boy Baby"
Music video
"Love Is A Losing Game" on YouTube

"Love Is a Losing Game" is a song by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse from her second and final studio album Back to Black (2006). It was chosen as the fifth and final single from Back to Black and was also the final single released in Winehouse's lifetime. The single was released on 10 December 2007 in the United Kingdom. The song was added to BBC Radio 1's playlist on 7 November 2007.

Release and response[edit]

George Michael named the song as one of his eight choices on the Radio Four programme Desert Island Discs. When asked which of his eight choices he would pick if he had to choose one, he opted for "Love Is a Losing Game". Prince had taken to covering the song live. On 21 September 2007, he was joined onstage by Winehouse at the final aftershow of his 21-gig marathon at The O2, and they performed the song together.[1]

The song is the lowest-charting of Winehouse's Back to Black singles, peaking at number 33 on the UK Singles Chart and spending four weeks on the UK Top 100 (46-61-{33}-64).

Winehouse performed "Love Is a Losing Game" live when she appeared at the 2007 Mercury Prize.[2] She later performed it at the 2008 BRIT Awards. The song won the award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the 2008 Ivor Novello Awards on 22 May 2008, Winehouse's third award at the event.

In 2015, Sam Smith recorded a cover of the song for the re-release of his debut album In the Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition). A documentary film biopic, directed by film maker Asif Kapadia was released; that depicts the life and death of Winehouse, entitled Amy (2015). Winehouse's performance of the single at the Mercury Prize in 2007 was included in the film and was also featured on the original soundtrack.

A recording of Winehouse's original demo of the song is available on the Back to Black deluxe edition bonus disc. In it, Winehouse sings accompanied only by her guitar, and on completion, asks the engineer whether it is a good take.

Music video[edit]

A video shoot was set up for "Love Is a Losing Game", reportedly costing £70,000 at Pinewood Studios, but an unnamed source was quoted in The Sun as saying that it was cancelled after Winehouse failed to turn up for filming.[3] The original video was supposed to be directed by Phil Griffin and shot by director of photography Adam Frisch. Two alternate music videos were released: the first is a montage video, which includes photographs of Winehouse alongside live performance clips of the song, and the second is an entirely live video, taken from her I Told You I Was Trouble live performance DVD.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love Is a Losing Game" – 2:35
  2. "Love Is a Losing Game" (Kardinal Beats Remix) – 3:22
  3. "Love Is a Losing Game" (Moody Boyz Original Ruffian Badboy Remix) – 7:12
  4. "Love Is a Losing Game" (Truth And Soul Remix) – 3:55
  5. "Love Is a Losing Game" (Enhanced Video) – 2:35


Year Award Category Title Result
2008 Ivor Novello Awards Best Song Musically and Lyrically "Love Is a Losing Game" Won


The song first entered the UK Singles Chart at 46 in 2007. However, following her death the song re-entered the chart at a new peak of 33. In Italy, the single was certified gold for downloads exceeding 15,000 copies.[4]

Chart (2007–11) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 88
Italian Singles Chart 12
Irish Singles Chart 33
UK Singles Chart 33
UK R&B Singles Chart 6

Media Usage[edit]


  1. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (2007-06-14), "The Diva and Her Demons". Rolling Stone. (1028):58-69 Retrieved 2007-12-14
  2. ^ Amy Winehouse performs at the Mercury Awards on YouTube
  3. ^ The Sun: Amy misses video shoot Archived 2012-04-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Italian single certifications – Amy Winehouse – Love Is a Losing Game" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Select "Tutti gli anni" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Love Is a Losing Game" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
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  6. ^ "Series 17, Coup de Grace Episode 1 of 2". BBC. Retrieved 2019-01-17.

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