The One I Gave My Heart To

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"The One I Gave My Heart To"
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Single by Aaliyah
from the album One in a Million
A-side
B-side"Death of a Playa" (featuring Rashad) (1997)
ReleasedSeptember 16, 1997 (1997-09-16)
FormatCD
RecordedSummer 1996 (album version)
1997 (single)
Genre
Length4:30 (album version)
3:53 (radio remix)
Label
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)
  • Daryl Simmons (album version)
  • Guy Roche (single version)
Aaliyah singles chronology
"4 Page Letter"
(1997)
"Hot Like Fire" / "The One I Gave My Heart To"
(1997)
"Journey to the Past"
(1998)

"The One I Gave My Heart To" is a song by American singer Aaliyah from her sophomore studio album One in a Million (1996). The song was written by Diane Warren and it was produced by Guy Roche. Musically the song is a Pop and R&B [4] power ballad with Aaliyah utilizing her soprano tone. Lyrically the song is about the protagonist asking how could the person that she loved and gave her heart to break her heart badly. The song was released as the albums sixth and final by Blackground and Atlantic records on September 16, 1997.Upon its release the song was met with generally positive reviews from critics, with many praising Aaliyah's vocal delivery and tone on the record.

Commercially "The One I Gave My Heart To" performed well peaking within the top 10 at number 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending on November 15, 1997.The song was just as successful on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart also peaking within the top 10 at number 8 on the week ending on December 6, 1997. The song also peaked within the top 20 at number 18 on Billboards Dance Club charts on the week ending on February 28, 1998. On October 21, 1997, the song was certified Gold by the RIAA.[5] Towards the end of 1997 it was reported by Billboard that the song had sold over 900,000 copies in the United States.

Internationally the song performed moderately well peaking within the top 40 at number 28 on the Recorded Music NZ chart in New Zealand. In Europe the song peaked within the top 40 at number 30 on the UK official charts. The also peaked within the top 40 on the official dance charts at number 25 on November 16, 1997. Meanwhile On the UK official R&B charts the song was performed even better peaking within the top 5 at number 3. Elsewhere in Europe the song peaked within the top 20 at number 16 in The Netherlands on the Tipparade chart on February 6, 1998.

Background[edit]

The song came into fruition when songwriter Diane Warren expressed interest in working with Aaliyah, According to Warren: "I remember really liking Aaliyah and wanting to work with her."[6] Eventually Warren reached out to Atlantic Records chairman Craig Kallman to express the possibility of working with Aaliyah and Kallman agreed to the collaboration[6] Her goal in working with Aaliyah was to have her do a certain song that she would not have normally done, to showcase a different side of her, which included displaying her vocal range in a different way than she was used to doing.[6] Once Diane Warren was on board, producer Babyface was chosen to produce the song. Due to unforeseen circumstances he was unable to complete the work, so he enlisted producer Daryl Simmons to replace him instead.[6] Simmons would go on to produce the album version of the song, while pop producer Guy Roche would go on to produce the single version of the song. [4]

Composition[edit]

Written by Diane Warren, "The One I Gave My Heart To" is a power ballad with more prominent pop influences, which are more apparent in the single version, in contrast to her previous works which are more leaning towards R&B and hip hop. The song is composed in the key of G major[7] and follows the verse-chorus form with Aaliyah doing improvisations at the ad-libbed last verse, marking the climax of the song.

Like "Hot Like Fire", the song was remixed for its single release. The pop-oriented single version has a key change to A♭ major and a dynamic shift towards rock power balladry instrumentation after the second chorus while the R&B-oriented album version maintains its original key and style. Aaliyah's vocal range spans from F#3 to F5 in the single version of the song. The song is arguably Aaliyah's most powerful vocal performance in which she showcased her belting range as she usually used her falsetto and lower register in most of her compositions. Warren spoke highly of Aaliyah's vocal performance, stating that "She could go where the Whitneys went. She wailed on that single I wrote for her. I write songs that challenge singers, and she rose to the occasion."[8]

Critical reception[edit]

In his review of the song, Larry Flick from Billboard felt that the song was a strong top 40 contender and that it would "rise to the top" on a variety of radio formats. He also praised both Aaliyah's vocal styling and the overall production of the song saying, "She brings an engaging, youthful romance to a sweet Diane Warren composition which is fleshed out with a careful balance of straight ahead pop and R&B sensibilities in producer Guy Roche's instrumental arrangement". [4] According to Edwin Ortiz from Complex Aaliyah proved that she could "switch from her usual mid-tempo style and deliver an incredible vocal performance" . He also felt that she "brought the song to life through her smooth soprano vocals, highlighting a broken heart and sense of betrayal, with the accompanying video perfectly depicting her emotional state".[1] Georgette Cline from The Boombox felt that Aaliyah allowed her "vulnerability to be exposed" on the song.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"The One I Gave My Heart To" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the issue week of October 4, 1997 at number 24.[9] In the songs seventh week on the chart it reached its peak at number 9, making it the highest-charting single from the album.[10] In the same issue week of October 4, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 18.[11] Eventually the song reached it peaked within the top 10 ten weeks later after its first charting at number 8 on December 6, 1997.[12] The song also peaked within the top ten on the Rhyhtmic charts at number 8 on November 15, 1997[13]. On the Billboard Dance charts the song peaked within the top 20 at number 18 on February 28,1998.[14] on October 21, 1997 "The One I Gave My Heart To" was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over 900,000 copies sold.[15][16]

Internationally the song was a moderate success peaking within the top 40 at number 30 on the UK official charts on November 22, 1997.[17] on the UK official Dance single chart the song also peaked within the top 40 at number 25 on November 16, 1997.[18] Also on November 16, 1997 the song peaked witin the top 5 at number 3 on the UK official R&B charts. [19] Elsewhere in Europe "The One I Gave My Heart To" peaked within the top 20 at number 16 in the Netherlands on the Tipparade chart on February 6, 1998.[20] In the Oceania region of the world the song peaked within the top 40 at number 28 in New Zealand on December 7, 1997.[17][21]

Music video[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

The music video for "The One I Gave My Heart To" was directed by Darren Grant,[22] and uses the single version of the song, keeping the second half of the first verse which is normally cut for radio airplay. Throughout the video there are two main settings and another one at the end. In one setting, Aaliyah is inside a house with wooden floors and walls. In the house, there is a room with nothing but a mirror on the floor. With this mirror Aaliyah is able to see other scenes of the video. The second shows Aaliyah sitting on wooden bench in a forest setting. In the final scene, Aaliyah performs outside during a rain shower.

Reception[edit]

The Music Video for "The One I Gave My Heart To" made its television debut on MTV during the week of September 14, 1997.[23] Later on in September during the week of the 28th, the video made its debut on BET.[24] During the course of its airplay run on television the video became the twenty-second most played video on MTV during the week of November 2, 1997.[25] Meanwhile on BET the video became the nineteenth most played video on the network during the week of December 14, 1997.[26]

Release dates[edit]

  • September 16, 1997 (US double A-side with "Hot Like Fire")[27][28]
  • October 27, 1997 (UK double A-side with "Hot Like Fire")
  • April 14, 1998 (US double A-side with "One in a Million")[29]

Track listing[edit]

"The One I Gave My Heart To"/"Hot Like Fire" double A-side Maxi CD single (US/UK)[27]

  1. "The One I Gave My Heart To" (radio mix) – 3:54
  2. "Hot Like Fire" (album version) – 4:23
  3. "Hot Like Fire" (Timbaland's Groove mix) – 4:35
  4. "Hot Like Fire" (Feel My Horns mix) – 4:37
  5. "Hot Like Fire" (Main mix instrumental) – 4:22
  6. "Death of a Playa" (featuring Rashad)

"The One I Gave My Heart To"/"Hot Like Fire" double A-side US CD single[28]

  1. "The One I Gave My Heart To" (radio mix) – 3:53
  2. "Hot Like Fire" (album version) – 4:23

"The One I Gave My Heart To"/"One in a Million" double A-side CD single (US)[29]

  1. "The One I Gave My Heart To" (Soul Solution club mix)
  2. "The One I Gave My Heart To" (Soul Solution dub)
  3. "One in a Million" (Nitebreed Mongolidic mix)
  4. "One in a Million" (Geoffrey's House mix)
  5. "One in a Million" (Armand's Drum n' Bass mix)
  6. "One in a Million" (Wolf-D Big Bass mix)
  7. "One in a Million" (Nitebreed dub)

Charts and certifications[edit]

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