As we take some time to celebrate what would have been the legendary Aaliyah‘s 38th birthday today, it’s a good opportunity to look back on the best songs she left us with. Although she only had the opportunity to record three albums, Babygirl left us with plenty of timeless material to look back on.
The special thing about Aaliyah is that her music continues to inspire artists today; over 15 years since her passing. That’s one reason why it’s important to continue to honor her and celebrate her legacy.
Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Best Aaliyah Songs Presented by YouKnowIGotSoul.
10) Loose Rap (featuring Static Major)Included on her final album, this song is a great example of the magic she created with Static Major throughout her career.
9) More Than A WomanThis was the final single that Aaliyah began promoting prior to her passing, and it speaks to who Aaliyah was; More Than a Woman.
8) If Your Girl Only KnewReleased as the first single from Aaliyah’s “One in a Million” album, this song was among the first to really showcase the talents of Missy Elliott and Timbaland.
7) Miss YouThe song was released as the first single from her posthumous album and features a touching video with tributes from many of her peers.
6) Try Again (featuring Timbaland)Released as the lead single from the “Romeo Must Die” soundtrack to coincide with Aaliyah’s starring role, it became her first number one single.
5) 4 Page LetterAlthough not as commercially successful as many of her other hits songs, “4 Page Letter” really showcased the substance and depth in Aaliyah’s music.
4) At Your Best (You Are Love)At just 15 years old, Aaliyah masterfully pulled off his cover of The Isley Brothers 1976 hit, showcasing her beautiful vocals.
3) One in a MillionAn amazing display of the innovation that Aaliyah, Missy Elliott and Timbaland would create once they began working together in the mid 90’s.
2) Rock the BoatBittersweet in that Aaliyah died following the video shoot for this song, it was a lasting reminder of her innovative style and timeless legacy.
1) Are You That Somebody (featuring Timbaland)One of the defining moments of 90’s r&b music and a song that helped elevate Aaliyah (and Timbaland) to legendary status.
-I Care 4 U
-Hot Like Fire (featuring Missy Elliott)
-Back and Forth (featuring R. Kelly)
-Age Aint Nothing But a Number
-Come Back in One Piece (featuring DMX)
-Come Over (featuring Tank)
-Steady Ground (featuring Static Major)