So you may or may not know, I'm a huge fan of Aaliyah, an R&B singer who's music climbed the charts throughout the 90s and early 00s. She was a fantastic actress too appearing in 2 feature films with scheduled plans for more. However today, it the 15th anniversary of her death, on 25th August 2001.
In honour of the beautiful Aaliyah herself, I thought I'd do a post which talks about 10 of my favourite tracks by her. She is definitely missed in the music industry and I would have loved to have known how her music would have grown and just how many amazing roles she would have received in films. Although I was only young when she passed and was potentially too young to enjoy her incredible career at the time she was alive, I've had a huge amount of love R&B music and her voice was absolutely exceptional, it was only natural I'd discover her. She had the incredible ability of being able to sing softly and angelically, but also smoothly and seductively, with deeper tones.
Also, in interviews I've watched, she had a very soft and sweet personality and seemed so nice and genuine.
A truly very special lady.
Arguably my favourite Aaliyah track, the music video absolutely slays and proves just how talented Aaliyah was at not only singing, but dancing too. She looks stunning and this track is definitely a timeless classic.
More Than A Woman
Aaliyah's biggest hit in the UK, another classic and timeless R&B track, with a hook so catchy you'll be singing along in seconds and beats that make you want to instantly dance, definitely had to be included in my favourites.
Everything's Gonna Be Alright
I went through a phase of listening to this track loads, it's easy to listen to and demonstrates how seductive Aaliyah's vocals can be, ranging from lower to higher. An album track with true funk.
Hot Like Fire
I can genuinely never decide whether I love the album version or the Timbaland single release mix version more. Both versions of the track are so good, the album version being slightly haunting yet sexy, whereas the single edition is catered much more for your R&B beats.
One In A Million
I love this song so much. I think it would be lovely to dance to after you've just got married as a first dance. It's a simple yet classy and beautiful tribute to a loved one.
Choosey Lover (Old School and New School)
This is an absolute diamond of a track. Aaliyah plays with 2 different variations of this song, switching tempo mid track. It is another song which is literally so 90s. Aaliyah's vocals are so smooth in this track, you won't even realise you've been listening for 7 minutes. It glides by.
One of the more upbeat tracks from her final self titled album, Extra Smooth is sassy and funky, expressing Aaliyah's dislike of men who are just that little bit too full of themselves. I feel like this should be one you have a listen to, if you're a big fan of R&B tracks that are that little bit sassier.
I Gotcha Back
Another track which is extremely easy to listen to, lyrics that make you feel cosy inside hoping you find that special someone, Aaliyah is telling us how loyal she is to her partner. Underrated and nicely done.
Back & Forth
Aaliyah's debut single, a song that instantly puts you in that 90s throwback mood. It's literally so 90s, and Aaliyah's style is so on point in the video, from a 90s point of view. I love this and it can guarantee to put me in a good mood.
Journey To The Past
Finally, to end this list, I chose a beautifully sung, beautifully performed track from the Disney Anastasia movie, Journey To The Past. Aaliyah's vocals literally shine so brightly throughout this song, you will be guaranteed to be miming along by the end.
Special mentions to:
Are You That Somebody
We Need A Resolution
Back In One Piece
Summer Bunnies ft R Kelly
Are You Feelin Me?
4 Page Letter
The One I Gave My Heart To
Age Ain't Nothing But a Number
Thank you so much for reading this blog post.
RIP Aaliyah <3
Love & hugs