Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Back and Forth” (Aaliyah)

She was absolutely beautiful, wasn’t she?

Before the controversy about R. Kelly and alleged underage marriages, before Dame Dash, before Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned, and before the tragedy that saddened the world–Aaliyah was a fly Detroit girl whose debut single gave me my first Friday feel-good tune.

I had no girls to pick up (I was 12), I had no party my mother would let me attend without parental supervision, and I couldn’t dance worth a penny. But whenever “Back and Forth” came on in 1994, I couldn’t stop moving. And if this video doesn’t epitomize the absolute best in ’90s urban aesthetic (leather pants with cropped t-shirts!), I don’t know what does.

The opening line, “It’s Friday! (Heeeeey!)” should brighten up your entire day, so bust an MC Hammer on your way home from work and slide into your weekend like you own it.

Happy Friday! 

7 thoughts on “Friday Feel-Good Tune: “Back and Forth” (Aaliyah)

  1. Tunage!!! Good Memories spring to my mind…God bless Aaliyah R.I.P. – Back and forth, Rock the boat…
    o wow wow wow! Music like this belonged to a time were tunes broke the rules and have now become timeless classics! Feel good music that will always be in our playlists, homes, cars and ears wherever we choose to bump up the volume!! Thanks for sharing this, brings a big big smile n good vibes to me!
    Peace x

  2. Awwww no you didn’t! lol. This right here is one of my favorite songs from Aaliyah. I love it. ❤

  3. Something’s we never forget. Thanks for taking me back down memory lane. The post and video set my Friday evening off to a good start.

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