The Mag 15 playlist: 2012

April, 15, 2013
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ESPN The Magazine is celebrating its 15th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, The Mag will look back and generate exclusive playlists curated by Bomani Jones. The “Around the Horn” panelist will pick and discuss the biggest hits of the past 15 years. Listen to the final playlist below.

“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“You’ll understand I had to put it on the list. But I don’t want to talk about it either.”

“Gangnam Style” by PSY
“Remember, Dennis Rodman wanted to go to North Korea and meet PSY. PSY, who is South Korean, wasn’t able to make it.”

“We Are Young” by Fun featuring Janelle Monae
“Say hello to the Oklahoma City Thunder, as exciting and youthful a basketball team as we’ve ever seen in the NBA Finals. The future looked so bright ...”

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
“... and then they met the Heat, survivors of scrutiny as rare as the Thunder’s youth. LeBron got his ring, meaning it might be a while for Kevin Durant.”

“Starships” by Nicki Minaj
“Add 'starships' to the list of things not nearly as fast as Usain Bolt, who won three more gold medals and staked his claim to being the greatest track Olympian of all time.”

“Take Care” by Drake featuring Rihanna
“Can’t you imagine Drake consoling Lolo Jones and telling her everything would be OK? How did Lolo’s PR team not get her in one of his videos?”

“Work Hard, Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa
“Call him Johnny Football if you want to, but it’s pretty clear Johnny Manziel likes lots of other things. The Heisman Trust has never had a winner quite like this.”

“Glad You Came” by The Wanted
“Serena Williams did the crip walk at Wimbledon during the Olympics, and Andy Murray won the men’s gold medal. There’s two things you’ll probably never see again.”

“We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
“Inspired by the death of his girlfriend, Manti Te’o helped Notre Dame to its best season in nearly 25 years. Hey, that’s what we thought in 2012."

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