Yesha Callahan

7 Aaliyah Songs That Are Still Better than 99% of the Music On the Radio Today


It’s been 14 years since Aaliyah Dana Haughton, and eight others, died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. At the time, the Princess of R&B had just finished filming a video for “Rock the Boat” from her self-titled album that debuted just the month before.

By all account Aaliyah was on the cusp of super stardom. Though she was already big in the music biz with three hit albums under her belt, at the time of her death, Aaliyah had just begun to cross over to the big screen with starring roles in Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned. She was a triple threat–singer, dancer, actress–and poised to take over the entertainment world when her life was tragically cut short.

Since then, Aaliyah’s legacy has continued to remain strong with many in the industry continuing to invoke her name and signature sound, a mixture of pop, hip hop, and R&B.

These days, Aaliyah lives on through her extensive–and straight up dope–catalog of songs that still, more than 20 years later, get the crowd hype.

Here are 7 of our favorites (in no particular order).

#1 If Your Girl Only Knew

#2 One In a million

#3 Are You That Somebody

#4 Try Again

#5 We Need A Resolution

#6 Hot Like Fire

#7 Rock the Boat

What’s your favorite Aaliyah tune? Share in the comments section below! 

  1. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    Aaliyah was always a down to Earth person. She would speak with anyone. She was a cool, strong black woman. Also, she loved her family and friends (like Timbaland and Missy. Yes, VA is always in the house. 🙂 I represent the 7 cities too). Her songs were classic. She remains an inspiration for women and for anyone who is a lover of music and a lover of life in general.

    RIP Aaliyah.

  2. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    I wish she was here.

  3. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t wanna know, the one I gave my heart too, 4 page letter, At your best and that is just to name a few. I am definitely an Aaliyah fan, still such a tragedy that she die so young, but you are correct that her image, brand and sound could easily fit in with today’s crop of artists. So either she was way ahead of the curve or others are just catching up. But I glad that her industry peers and friends are still paying homage to her.

  4. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    If she was still around today she woulda been faded out.

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  5. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    Unpopular Opinion: Aaliyah is extremely overrated posthumously. She was very pretty, and had great dance moves but that’s it. She wasn’t that great of a singer, and growing up, I thought she was boring. If she was around today, she would’ve most likely gone the way of Brandy (who was MUCH bigger), Monica and all the other r&b vocalist of the 90’s. And Selena is the Latina version of her in terms of posthumous fame.

  6. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    I love “Rock the Boat.” It’s bittersweet to watch being that this was her last video and she died on her way back home from filming it.

  7. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    I often wonder how her mom, Diane, is doing. I’ll never forget her face at Aaliyah’s funeral. The pain that was etched all over it was pain from the deepest recesses of the hear. It’s something that has stuck in my mind all these years.

    • August 25, 2015 - Reply


      She looked exactly like her mother too.

    • August 25, 2015 - Reply


      I often reflect on that too, especially since her father passed a few years ago. I hope Ms. Diane and Rashad are doing well and thriving regardless of the eternal pain.

      • August 25, 2015 - Reply

        @elle D.

        I read where Rashad is a film director and a screenwriter. Diane’s husband passed away in 2012. Diane is living her life too.

        • August 25, 2015 - Reply

          I am glad to know they are doing well. Thanks for the update Brother T!

          • August 25, 2015 - Reply

            @elle D.

            You’re Welcome Sister elle D.

            • August 25, 2015 - Reply


              Thank you, it has been a rough start to the week for me, I appreciate the blessing and God Bless you as well. We need all the warriors on deck and as always, your kind and loving words are refreshing to read. Imagine a world where we truly always spoke in kind to each other– as default at least. A difficult feat at times–no doubt, but not impossible at all. Even the troglodytes need love~ lol, let me stop. But seriously, thank you.

              • August 25, 2015 - Reply

                @elle D.

                P.S. Your’re Welcome Sister. We are family as one black people. We (that includes Brothers and Sisters in this forum and all over the world) all here wish the best for you and I appreciate your kindness too.

  8. August 25, 2015 - Reply

    THANK YOU for this article on the aniversary of her untimely death. All of the songs you mentioned, even ones that weren’t released, “Death of a Playa”–her breathy vocals go deep on that one, “I don’t wanna” is an absolute fave, “Come back in One Piece,” the Isley Bro remake, “Choosey Lover”, ” I Care for You,”–her entire catalog is dope. She was always about challenging herself, forward-thinking and innovative about her dynamic style and musical choices. Her mellifluous voice, her style, her beauty is definitely missed. Music misses her for sure.

    • August 25, 2015 - Reply

      @elle D.

      I agree with you 100 percent.

  9. August 26, 2015 - Reply

    Aaliyah’s impact is unquestionable. You’ll have people who will question her relevancy, but not even realize how much she touched people in song and image. She was truly a good girl done good and it’s sad we don’t get to see where her talent could’ve taken her beyond fan appreciation on the anniversary of her death.

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