5 of Our Favorite Aaliyah Music Videos

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Today marks 17 years since the untimely death of Aaliyah. Though only age 22 when she passed away, she has undeniably left a mark on the culture and given influence to many of your faves nearly 2 decades after her death. In celebration of her, we’re sharing 5 of our favorite music videos from our beloved Baby Girl 

1. We Need a Resolution

Before Britney Spears’ “Slave 4 U”, Aaliyah effortlessly made snake holding look sexy AF. This video was a perfect culmination of her mysteriously sexy yet tomboyish appeal. Balancing the masculine and feminine was something that always made her extremely unique. Bonus points for the lyrical content of this song being relatable AF “it’s official, you got issues, I got issues, but I know I miss you” 

2. One in a Million

The title track of her sophomore album, “One in a Million” marked Aaliyah’s departure from her former collaborator and husband (read: predator) R. Kelly and introduced her new (soon-to-be legendary) collaborators Timbaland and Missy. In this video, we see a more mature Aaliyah in a  dichotomy of dark and steamy backdrops and the all white set where she does a dance routine with one male partner.   Did this video make anyone else wish Ginuwine and Aaliyah were a real couple? 

3. Are You That Somebody?

Back when people bought movie soundtracks, “Are You That Somebody” was featured on the Doctor Dolittle soundtrack. Once again, Aaliyah masters the balance of masculine and feminine by leading a hip-hop dance routine with a crop top and baggy jeans that breaks out into a flamenco number with her troop dressed in all black. Props to her choreographer Fatima, every girl who grew up watching this video practiced those 8 counts in their living room. 

4. Hot Like Fire

“Hot Like Fire” was probably one of Aaliyah’s most slept on singles from her “One in A Million” album. This is one of those videos that is exactly what you imagine it to be. A hot summer day, lots of red, lots of flames. Pure fuego. 

5. Back In One Piece

Aaliyah teams up with her Romeo Must Die co-star DMX for the “Back in One Piece” video that gave us all the feels. Pitbull puppies plus Aaliyah popping off on chicks in bandanas and sweats and  — it’s like a pinterest board for hood love.