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Aaliyah’s Top 5 Billboard Hits

Aaliyah staked her claim on Billboard charts from her arrival. Here are Aaliyah's top hits (ranked by peaks) on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop.

Aaliyah was only 22 when her music career was cut short following a tragic plane crash on Aug. 25, 2001. Just a year prior, the R&B singer shot to the top of the Hot 100 list with her Romeo Must Die soundtrack offering “Try Again” produced by frequent collaborator Timbaland. 

Previously released ballads like 1994’s “At Your Best (You Are Love),” a cover of the Isley Brothers’ 1976 hit and “Back” also sprinkled the Top 10. Here, a look back at her five biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits.

Aaliyah’s top five Billboard Hot 100 hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, through the Sept. 3, 2016, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.

5. “The One I Gave My Heart To” 
Peak Position: 9
Peak Date: 11/15/97
Weeks On Chart: 20

The 1997 track off her second studio album One In A Million is the quintessential breakup deep cut, which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The visual follows the R&B songstress — clad in her signature baggy pants and midriff-baring top — looking at herself in the mirror and singing in the rain. 

4. “At Your Best (You Are Love)”
Peak Position: 6
Peak Date: 10/15/94
Weeks On Chart: 26

Aaliyah’s smooth take on the Isley Brothers’ 1976 jam charted at No. 6 in 1994. The visual for the slow jam, which appeared on her 1994 debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, also featured a cameo from producer R. Kelly.

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3. “Back and Forth
Peak Position: 5
Peak Date: 7/2/94
Weeks On Chart: 24

Aaliyah’s Billboard chart history began with the first single off her first debut album. “Back and Forth” charted at the No. 1 spot for four weeks. In the laid-back track, penned by R.Kelly, Aaliyah shows she’s not afraid to be anything but herself. In the video, shot in her hometown of Detroit, Aaliyah plays one-on-one with Kellz and brings her real-life high school friends in front of the lens.

2. “Miss You” 
Peak Position: 3
Peak Date: 4/5/03
Weeks On Chart: 28

“Miss You” was released posthumously after Aaliyah’s passing as part of the compilation album I Care 4 U. The sentimental video opened with a tear-jerking message from DMX and included an appearance from many of her closest collaborators including Timbaland and Missy Elliott. 

1. “Try Again”
Peak Position: 1 (1 weeks)
Peak Date: 6/17/00
Weeks On Chart: 31

After appearing in the 2000 crime thriller Romeo Must Die alongside Jet Li, Aaliyah also provided the soundtrack’s No. 1 hit “Try Again,” produced by Timbaland. The futuristic clip for the song also finds Aaliyah performing her own stunts with Li.