(At Your Best) You Are Love

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"(At Your Best) You Are Love"
Song by The Isley Brothers
from the album Harvest for the World
Released 1976
Recorded 1975
Genre R&B
Songwriter(s)
  • Ernie Isley
  • Marvin Isley
  • Chris Jasper
  • Rudolph Isley
  • O'Kelly Isley
  • Ronald Isley
  • Chris Jasper

"(At Your Best) You Are Love" is a song by The Isley Brothers, originally a radio hit in 1976. It was originally dedicated to their mother.

Personnel[edit]

Aaliyah version[edit]

"At Your Best (You Are Love)"
Aaliyah-AtYourBest.jpg
Single by Aaliyah
from the album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number
Released August 22, 1994
Format
Recorded 1993; Chicago Recording Company
(Chicago, Illinois)
Genre
Length 4:52 (original version)
4:30 (remix version)
Label Blackground/Jive
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) R. Kelly
Aaliyah singles chronology
"Back & Forth"
(1994) Back & Forth1994
"At Your Best (You Are Love)"
(1994) At Your Best (You Are Love)1994
"Age Ain't Nothing but a Number"
(1994) Age Ain't Nothing but a Number1994
Age Ain't Nothing but a Number track listing
"Down with the Clique"
(5)
"At Your Best (You Are Love)"
(6)
"No One Knows How to Love Me Quite Like You Do"
(7)

Eighteen years later, the song was revived by American singer Aaliyah for her debut studio album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. Released as the album's second single, it peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B singles chart, also reaching number 27 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was certified gold single by RIAA on October 25, 1994;[1] in 2010 Canadian rapper Drake sampled Aaliyah's version of the song in his song "Unforgettable"; four years later singer Tamar Braxton sampled this song for her single "Let Me Know" featuring Future.

Remix[edit]

The song became a hit based on remix versions Aaliyah cut with R. Kelly featured on the song chanting "this is for the steppers" and earlier saying, "1-2, check up, baby, lemme know what's up" before Aaliyah began singing.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot back to back with R. Kelly's "Summer Bunnies" and were both released in fall 1994. The music video was directed by Millicent Shelton, the music video is for the remix not the original and R. Kelly, who produced the songs, is in the video.

Personnel[edit]

  • Aaliyah: lead and background vocals
  • R. Kelly: multi-instrumentation
  • Produced by R. Kelly

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "At Your Best (You Are Love)".

CD single
Vinyl single
  1. "At Your Best (You Are Love)" (LP mix) – 4:43
  2. "At Your Best (You Are Love)" (Gangsta Child Remix) – 4:30
  3. "At Your Best (You Are Love)" (Stepper's Ball Remix) – 3:05
  4. "Back & Forth" (Ms. Mello Remix) – 3:50

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Position
Dutch Singles Chart 40
Irish Singles Chart 11
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 39
UK Singles Chart 27
UK R&B Chart 4[2]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 40[3]
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 70
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart[5] 23

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000[7]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other versions[edit]

In the Philippines, it was covered by two artists: MYMP on their album Versions and Nina from her love songs live album Nina Live!. Drake recently made a song with Young Jeezy called "Unforgettable" using the same beat. Swedish artist El Perro Del Mar covered the song in 2009 as a special Record Store Day release as well. Tamar Braxton sampled the song in her single with Future, "Let Me Know".

In 2015, Frank Ocean released a cover on his Tumblr account as a tribute to Aaliyah, one day after what would have been her 36th birthday. A slightly different version was also included on his visual album Endless[8]

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