Prior to filming the video both Aaliyah and R. In other parts of the clip she is seen dancing in the middle of the gymnasium with a crowd moving around her, sitting with R. When the song kicks in, there are cuts of people entering the gym and people playing basketball. Elsewhere in Europe the song peaked within the top 40 at number 38 in the Netherlands. The song also topped the Rhythmic top 40 charts on the week ending on July 9, 1994. Kelly in the bleachers and performing on a stage to her fans. Kelly's 13 week run at number 1 when it topped the charts on the week ending on May 21, 1994.
Towards the end of 1994 Billboard reported that the song had sold over 700,000 copies. On May 21, 1994 the song reached its peak at number one on the chart ; this would become one of three number ones that Aaliyah would achieve on this chart. The song was just as successful on the where it broke R. The original setting was chosen for the music video in Los Angeles, but was relocated to her hometown of Detroit because of an earthquake. Rapper mentioned the song on his verse on 's 2014 song. Upon its release the song was met with generally positive reviews with many critics praising Aaliyah's tone and overall vocal delivery on the record.
For the week ending on June 12, 1994 the music video was the second most played video on. On the day of the video many local teens were recruited to be in multiple scenes of the video. In the Oceania region of the world the song peaked within the top 50 at number 48 in New Zealand. Aaliyah enters wearing baggy clothing, a bandana and shades. She sings the song by the gym's entrance.
Kelly worked on dance moves and the styling for the video. This album is about teens and what they go through. I have songs about love, crushes, or whatever, but that song is about dancing. The actual video location was at Aaliyah's high school and on the day of the video shoot many local teens were recruited to be in multiple scenes of the video. Meanwhile, on the Mainstream top 40 chart the song peaked within the top 20 at number 16 on July 30, 1994. James Hunter from described Aaliyah as Lithe, substantial, confident and peaceful.
He also complemented Aaliyah's approach to being perceived as hard and sexy in comparison to her peers who struggle to be seen as hard and sexy. Meanwhile, for the week ending on June 26, 1994 the music video was the twelfth most played video on. Elena Bergeron from felt that Back and Forth was the perfect example with why Aaliyah could play coy with the media regarding her age. The video was filmed at Detroit's High School for the Fine and Performing Arts which was the school that Aaliyah attended. The song was also ranked at number 13 on 's The 50 Best Pop Singles Of 1994 list. The song would eventually spent a total of 3 weeks at number 1 on the chart. .
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