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Friday, April 12, 2013
The Mag 15 playlist: 2011

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.

“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele
“The Patriots could have had it all, again. But they lost in the Super Bowl to the Giants. Again.”

“Look at Me Now” by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes
“Most thought this would be LeBron James’ anthem after the backlash of The Decision. Turns out it fit ... Dirk Nowitzki?”

“Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa
“This anthem for the Steelers wound up co-opted by any fan base that could make it work for them. And somehow, Wiz Friggin’ Khalifa performed at halftime of an NFL playoff game. Yes.”

“6 Foot 7 Foot” by Lil Wayne featuring Cory Gunz
“That’s the story of Anthony Davis’ rise in the recruiting rankings. And after he hit campus that fall, Kentucky grew from a Final Four team to a dominating national champion.”

“I Need a Doctor” by Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey
“That must have been what the seemingly indestructible Adrian Peterson thought, lying on the FedEx Field turf with his ACL torn. Turns out ... he really might be indestructible.”

“F----n’ Perfect” by Pink
“For so long, we’d heard that about Andrew Luck. This was the year we found out Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III might have been even better."

“All of the Lights,” by Kanye West featuring Rihanna
“Helping your favorite pep band try and sound cool since someone sneaked it into the playlist without the director’s permission.”

“The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco
“It’s much easier for fans to say that to a free agent after winning a championship, making Albert Pujols’ move to Anaheim from St. Louis after the 2011 season better than it could have been.”