While there is great loss when our favorite singers pass away, their music is something fans can always count on to inspire and heal.
Here’s a look at some of our favorite posthumous albums.
Lionness: Hidden Treasures
Released five months after her tragic death in 2011, Amy Winehouse’s third album Lioness: Hidden Treasures consists of demos, unreleased tracks and covers left behind by the five-time Grammy winning vocalist and musician. One of the most haunting tracks is Winehouse’s beautiful cover of The Shirelles/Carole King classic “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”
Life After Death
It’s hard to believe the Notorious B.I.G. only dropped one studio album during his way too brief 24 years. His sophomore record, Life After Death, was released just 16 days after his tragic death in 1997. Included on the double record are the timeless hits: “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems”
Dreaming of You
Tejano superstar Selena was set to release her fifth album - and first English-language crossover LP - Dreaming of You - when she was tragically killed in 1995. The album became the first predominantly Spanish-language album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts. The bilingual record featured English hits “Dreaming of You” and “I Could Fall In Love,” and alternate versions of Selena’s Spanish classics like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Como la Flor.”
Janis Joplin’s second solo studio album Pearl would unfortunately become the singer’s posthumous album. Released in January 1971, three months after her untimely death, the album includes one of her most iconic songs, “Me and Bobby McGee.”
Milk and Honey
John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Milk and Honey was the first posthumous album of new music by the former Beatle. The follow-up to Lennon and Ono’s Double Fantasy was recorded during the final months of Lennon’s life, in 1980. Originally slated for release in 1981, it took four years for Ono to finish the album and featured the 1984 top 5 hit “Nobody Told Me.”
Although we miss these artists, we’re thankful for the legacy they left behind through their music.