10) Back in One Piece – Aaliyah was known for her great collaborations. The second single on her first movie Romeo Must Die featured a DMX who in his rapping prime (and who also co-starred in the movie).
9) I Miss You – Arguably the best tribute song to Aaliyah. The music video featured cameos from her close friends such as Ananda Lewis, Lil Kim and Missy Elliott. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
8) If Your Girl Only Knew – Aaliyah’s take on being on the other woman. While she has mixed feelings about seeing an attached man, yet continues to pursue. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
7) Back and Forth One of the dopest party songs of the early 90s ( with an assist from R.Kelly), this song was a coming out party for the princess of R&B. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
6) 4 Page Letter – “4 Page Letter” was Aaliyah’s second ballad off her sophomore album. Similar to “One in A Million”, “4 Page” spoke about forbidden love and how to not deny your feelings (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
5) At Your Best One of Aaliyah’s most sampled songs. Drake paid homage to her with her vocals over his track “Unforgettable”.(Photo by Sue Schneider/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
4) Rock The Boat The “Rock the Boat” video was completed right before the tragic plane ride that took Aaliyah’s life. When watching the video you cannot help but wonder how bright her star would’ve been if she was still with us. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
3) Are You That Somebody? – The standout on Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Dolittle soundtrack. A top 10 Timbaland beat that Aaliyah crossed over into the pop charts with. (File Photo)
2) Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number – Controversy came with this ballad from her first album. Aaliyah was married to her then producer R.Kelly at the age of 15.
1) One In a Million – Considered to be Aaliyah’s breakthrough song. It showed off Aaliyah new coming of age and new sound which was then created by the relatively new production team of Missy Elliott and Timbaland. (Photo by George De Sota/Liaison)
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Today would be the late singer Aaliyah’s 34th birthday.
While her time with us was limited, and her star was just beginning to shine, Aaliyah did leave us more than enough great music.
From her early days with former flame R.Kelly, to her maturing into a young woman alongside DMX and Timbaland, here are our theGrio’s favorite Aaliyah songs.
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