It’s absolutely insane that it’s already been 10 years since Aaliyah passed, and it brings back so many memories. The day after she passed I started at a new store working for Alberson’s, and the day after that was my first day of college. I wanted to do something more than the typical Throwback Thursday to celebrate her memory, so I decided to combine it with my Throwback Thursday with the Thoughts of a Jeanius Top 5: Aaliyah songs.
Aaliyah was an artists who seemed to be on the rise to do great things in the music industry, although she had already been a successful artist It might be easy to say that she was on her way to do great things. Though you do have to look at some of the other popular female artists from her era such as: Brandy, Monica, and Mya, who all were very successful in the early 90’s, but wound up falling off in the early 2000’s. While Monica is currently mildly successful, it will be hard for her to reach the heights she did in the mid to late 90’s. It’s still cool to be able to go back and reminisce on “the good old days.” Now keep in mind that this is a Top 5 so there will be A LOT of songs that don’t make the cut doesn’t mean they are not good/great songs.
#5 “Back & Forth” (Ft. R. Kelly) (1994)
Aaliyah’s first single from the infamous R. Kelly era, this was a nice mid-tempo track and a great way to make her mark on the music industry. The song spent three weeks at the top of the Hip Hop/R&B songs chart in 1994.
#4 “I Care 4 U” (2002)
Unfortunately, this song actually wound up being synonymous with her death, as it was the song used in the highlight packages after her death. This was one of the songs that showed that Aaliyah was a very versatile artist as she could do fine with mid to uptempo tracks with elaborate choreography as well as ballads such as this one.
#3 “One In A Million” (1997)
This was her first single of the Timbaland and Missy era of Aaliyah, another mid-tempo track which was different than anything she had put out, and a lot different than what other R&B artists were putting out at the time. This single helped put Timb and Missy on the map, and started off Aaliyah heading to superstar status.
#2 “Are You That Somebody” (1998)
Although this isn’t her most successful single chart wise, I would definitely say that this was her most popular song. We’ve seen so many insane things choreography wise these days, but I remember being blown away by the choreo when this song was out. All I can say is even today this is still a great track.
#1 “The One I Gave My Heart To” (1997)
I feel as though this song is extremely underrated and maybe even forgotten by a lot of people. This (obviously) is my favorite Aaliyah song. Which is what R&B music used to be about. Lyrically and vocally this song is on point, and you can feel the emotion in her voice. Which is why it takes the top spot in my Top 5.
Like I said before there were a lot of songs to choose from, I have 4 Page Letter and Rock the Boat right on the cusp of the Top 5, but i want to hear from you. What are you Top 5 Aaliyah tracks? Hit the comments and let me know! Also make sure you check out Billboard has several features and comments from other artist speaking about Aaliyah, and tonight at 8 p.m. BET will have a special celebrating her life, so if you’re a fan make sure you check that out!