Producer: Timbaland
Album: One in a Million
Label: Blackground/Atlantic

The title track from Aaliyah's sophomore album solidified her pop appeal, and sensual, strong R&B legacy. But more importantly, the song introduced an innovative new sound to the genre, all thanks to the relatively unknown-at-the-time producers, Missy Elliott and Timbaland. Influenced by drum-n-bass, complete with Timb's now-recognizable shimmering synths paired with wildlife samples (most notably, those crickets), "One in a Million" made a name for the trio that the world would come to worship for years to come. Her tranquil vocals combined with Timb and Missy's sultry production was the start of something incredible, and created an entirely new sound in R&B. —Lauren Nostro

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