When Aaliyah’s plane crashed eight years ago this Tuesday, the world of music lost one of its biggest hit makers and most promising artists. It also lost, in the words of DMX (no softy) “an angel on earth”. With the songwriting and production skills of first R. Kelly, then the dynamic duo of Timbaland and Missy Elliott backing her, there was no doubt that she would succeed. Still, without her combination of smooth sweetness, unerring sense of style and a solid core of toughness that appealed to the hip hop faithful, she may have been just another R&B singer. Instead she racked up a long string of hits that helped to re-define modern R&B and still stand up today as nothing short of amazing. Check this list, “Back & Forth”, “At Your Best (You Are Love)”, “If Your Girl Only Knew”, “Are You That Somebody?”, “Try Again”, “One in a Million”, “Miss You”, I Care For You”, and tell me who did it better between 1994 and 2001.
While the best way to hear her music is in a packed club (for the jamz) or late at night over headphones (for the honey-sweet ballads), checking out some videos comes in a close second. - from AllMusic.com