Remembering Aaliyah: Top 10 Best Songs (With Music Videos)

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It’s been 16 years since 22-year-old Aaliyah Dana Haughton was tragically killed in a plane crash in The Bahamas and with the singer’s birthday being celebrated across social media, fans are taking the time to post their tributes of the late R&B star.

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And while fans and those close to her continue to pay homage to the late singer, let’s take a look at Aaliyah’s Top 10 songs that made the 90s and early 2000s more enjoyable.


1.”I Care 4 U”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWtUhLYMlEw

When Aaliyah dropped “I Care 4 U” as a single from her self-titled album, fans finally got to see a more sultry and vulnerable Aaliyah. Working with longtime collaborators Missy Elliot and Timbaland proved successful yet again and the song made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 the year of its release.


2. “The One I Gave My Heart To”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnFKa8iuwHU

“The One I Gave My Heart To” was another soulful ballad where we really got to see Aaliyah’s range in terms of vocal ability. While you can hear the youthfulness in Aaliyah’s voice at the time this soulful ballad made us feel the pain alongside Aaliyah as she sings of her first true heartbreak.


3. “Back and Forth”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0pQjYk9150

It’s kind of hard not to bop along to “Back and Forth.” Aaliyah dropped this jewel when she first started out in the business with her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. Aaliyah worked with her longtime mentor, R.Kelly. In spite of what you may think of Kelly now, the upbeat tempo and collab proved to be a great introduction to Aaliyah’s voice.


4. “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRwhm-B6yNI

The title track off of Aaliyah’s debut album was also produced by R. Kelly and despite the song being a huge hit amongst fans, Kelly and Aaliyah’s (who was just a teen in comparison to 20-something Kelly)private life started to overshadow her success.


5. “We Need a Resolution”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQPvgHEMCFs

When Aaliyah came out with “We Need a Resolution” she let it be known that she was no longer going to be singing about the puppy love and heartbreak anymore. She let the fans know that she was an adult, doing adult things and she was going to sing about it. Aaliyah teamed up with Timbaland for this track and the pair’s teamwork made this song a classic in its own right.


6. “At Your Best (You Are Love)”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D1Zn-Ij6Mw

When Aaliyah decided to remake this 1976 smash song by the Isley Brothers she proved that although she was much younger than the original singers, her voice was full of soul and maturity. Aaliyah proved her voice was filled with depth and power. The song was recently featured in the movie ATL.


7. “If Your Girl Only Knew”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehFDZU4hXbw

“If Your Girl Only Knew” was a song that proved that Aaliyah could bring the sassiness. As she sings about being the subject of a cheating man, Aaliyah once again collaborated with Missy and Timbaland for this one. The song would be her first hit off of her second album, One In A Million.


8. “Are You That Somebody?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR012qEJJi8

When Aaliyah recorded “Are You That Somebody?” for the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack, no one knew it would become one of the singer’s most successful songs of her entire catalog! The video also proved Aaliyah to be a triple threat when she showed off her dancing skills in a sequence that makes Dancing With Stars look amateurish.


9. “Miss You”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfVA_6WRGbc

“Miss You” while slow was also a huge favorite. As Aaliyah sings of missing the love of her life, you can really hear the sadness in her voice. The song was released after Aaliyah’s death, and the video features some of Aaliyah’s closest musical friends and family.


10. “Try Again”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEF_-IcnQC4

Timbaland and Aaliyah collaborated once again for “Try Again” which resulted in this becoming yet another fan favorite. Aaliyah had just finished her first lead role in the movie Romeo Must Die and collaborated with Timbaland for the movie’s lead single.

Gone incredibly too soon, Aaliyah’s catalog continues to carry on years after the singer’s death and the spirit in her music lives forever.

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