Fifteen years ago, R&B singer Aaliyah was getting ready to hit the peak of her career. In 2000, the singer had just starred in the film “Romeo Must Die” and the following year she released her self-titled album, “Aaliyah.” The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 187,000 copies in its first week.
Sadly, a month after the album was released, Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas on Aug. 25, 2001. She was 22 years old. Following the singer’s death, album sales for “Aaliyah” skyrocketed eventually going on to be certified double platinum. On the 15th anniversary of her death, here are 15 of Aaliyah’s best songs to remember her by.
1. “Rock The Boat”
“Rock The Boat” was the reason Aaliyah was in the Bahamas at the time of her plane crash. The singer had just finished shooting the music video for the song.
2. “Miss You”
Originally written as a love song, “Miss You” wasn't released until after the singer's death and became an anthem for fans. A remix by Jay Z was also released
3. “Are You That Somebody”
One of Aaliyah's biggest hits, Rolling Stone ranked the song 24th on its list of the "50 Best Songs of the nineties."
4. “Try Again”
Originally debuting at No. 58 on the Billboard charts, the “Romeo Must Die” soundtrack single eventually shot up the charts, giving Aaliyah her first and only No. 1 hit.
5. “We Need A Resolution”
The first single from her self-titled album, the song's music video placed at No. 30 on MTV's top 50 videos of 2001
6. “More Than A Woman”
After performing the song on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on July 25, 2001, the peformance became the singer's last live performance before her death.
7. “If Your Girl Only Knew”
Aaliyah acheived a lot of success early in her career and “If Your Girl Only Knew” was one of her earlier hits, going to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart.
8. “One In A Million”
Released in 1996, “One In A Million” featured a scattered drum beat sound that would go on to become producer Timbaland's signature sound.
9. “4 Page Letter”
Produced by Timbaland, Missy Elliot provided background vocals on the 1997 hit song from Aaliyah's album, “One In A Million.”
10. “At Your Best (You Are Love)”
Two versions of this Isley Brother's cover desist: one version for the music video and another for the album.
11. “Age Ain't Nothing But A Number”
While the song's lyrics may be controversial due to her relationship with R. Kelly, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” is one of the singer’s signature songs.
12. “Up Jumps Da' Boogie”
For his first single, Timbaland put Aaliyah on the song which eventually went to No. 12 on the Billboard chart.
13. “Final Warning”
The tight-knit crew of Aaliyah, Timbaland, Missy Elliot and Ginuwine always found a way to work together on each other's songs.
14. “Come Back In One Piece”
Featured on the same soundtrack as “Try Again,” the DMX-assisted song wasn't as big as a hit but was a minor success on the urban music charts.
15. “Back & Forth”
Released in 1994, Aaliyah's first single was written by R. Kelly and made it all the way to No. 5 on the Billboard chart.