#73: Aaliyah ‘One In A Million’

aaliyah_one_in_a_mill.jpgHooking up with Timbaland was easily the smartest move Aaliyah Dana Haughton ever made. If Age Ain't Nuthin' but A Number was for the Jeeps, then One in A Million was for the Ninjas. "If Your Girl Only Knew" was a reintroduction to the girl we remembered as having a very special relationship with R. Kelly, but the title track from her second LP gave us something a bit more aggressive, sexy and unique. The beat alone was a clear sign Aaliyah had something out of this world up her sleeve, and when paired with Missy Elliott's simple yet effective songwriting, the trinity paved the way for relentless biting the better part of the late '90s and early 2000s. Shockingly, "One in A Million" would not rise as high on the charts as the single the preceded it, but anyone reading this can attest to its dopeness and overall superiority.

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7 Responses

  1. I almost can't watch an Aaliyah video without getting misty...
    This is one of my faves...Timbaland and Missy sure did Baby Girl right...

  2. I still get choked up seeing her.

  3. i thought i was the only one who had a hard time watching aaliyah videos... i dont know what it is...

  4. One of my all-time favorite tracks! Well said.

  5. Every now and then a song comes along that I fall in love with, the very first time I hear it, and it NEVER gets old. That's how I feel about this song. I love Aaliyah and this is one of her best! Your right Nova, she is often imitated but never duplicated.

  6. Well done, this countdown is the highlight of my day. For me I can remeber the first time I heard it, it was like a musical breakthrough moment. That song probably helped define and shape my musical interest. To me it was the first time someone in my generation began to define themselves. It was also the perfect song for being adolescent.

  7. Years later.... her music doesn't really sound dated. So sad about her death -- she was right on the brink of stardom.
    iTunes needs to get her catalog up, like yesterday.