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Friday, April 5, 2013
The Mag 15 playlist: 2008

By ESPN The Magazine

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 entire playlist below.

“Whatever You Like” by T.I.
“This had to be the team song of the Detroit Lions, whose accommodating performances on the gridiron helped make them the first 0-16 team in NFL history.”

“Superstar” by Lupe Fiasco
“Forget his NFL career. Watch this and be reminded Tim Tebow [the speech], on his way to a national title at Florida, was every bit the superstar many wished he could be now.”

“4 Minutes” by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
“The song doesn’t matter. Just remember the '08 Phillies won the franchise’s first World Series since ... before anyone had even heard of Madonna. Yeah, long time.”

“No Air” by Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown
“As in, when Mario Chalmers hit a last-second 3-point dagger to send Kansas into overtime against Memphis, John Calipari looked like there was no air left in the universe.” “Forever” by Chris Brown
“It took a long time for each to get there, but June '08 was when Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce became what they’ll always be -- champions.”

“Damaged” by Danity Kane
“I think it’s safe to say a broken leg counts as “damaged.” And Tiger still won an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open -- to this date -- his last major championship.”

“American Boy” by Estelle featuring Kanye West
“Michael Phelps, eight-time Olympic gold medalist ... and that was just 2008.”

“Take a Bow” Rihanna
“Usain Bolt broke three world records, including a performance in the 100 meters as exhilarating as anything ever seen on the track. Take a bow? He could take whatever he wants.”