ESPN Music: The Mag 15

The Mag 15 playlist: 2008

April, 5, 2013
4/05/13
7:00
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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 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.”

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The Mag 15 playlist: 2007

April, 3, 2013
4/03/13
7:00
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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 entire playlist below.

“Make It Rain” by Fat Joe
“That was pretty much all anyone could hope would happen in a game against the 16-0 Patriots, featuring the resurrection of Randy Moss. Or, just wait for the Super Bowl.”

“Umbrella” by Rihanna
“Never forget -- Prince killed the Super Bowl halftime in February -- in high heels, in the rain -- and managed to sneak an inappropriate visual into the show for good measure.”

“Party Like a Rock Star” by Shop Boyz
“Because this is exactly what Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich did after winning their fourth championship. You know they did.”

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The Mag 15 playlist: 2006

April, 1, 2013
4/01/13
7:00
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates 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.

“Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley
“This was the year Steve Nash won his second MVP. Maybe we were crazy? Yeah, possibly.

“Ridin Dirty” by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone
“This is more Mark Martin’s flavor, but it was the year Jimmy Johnson won his first of five Cup series championships. If you ain’t ridin’ dirty, you ain’t tryin’.”

“I’m in’ Luv (Wit a Stripper)” by T-Pain
“At once, a young athlete’s dream, and the soundtrack to the veteran’s cautionary tales.”

“Dirty Little Secret” by The All-American Rejects
“Yes, Floyd Landis, I’m looking at you.”

“There It Go (The Whistle Song)” by Juelz Santana
“The unofficial theme song of the 2006 NBA Finals, when Dwayne Wade went to the foul line like he paid rent on it.”

“Bossy” by Kelis
“As is Peyton Manning. But after the 2006 season, he was something more important -- a Super Bowl champion.”

“Jesus, Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood
“Little known fact -- that was the official name of the play Florida ran when Tim Tebow threw the jump pass. Or maybe it just should have been.”

The Mag 15 playlist: 2005

March, 29, 2013
3/29/13
7:00
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates 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.

“I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphys
“Oh, you thought the newly minted Red Sox Nation stopped celebrating when 2004 ended?”

“Number One Spot” by Ludacris
“In the AP poll, that was USC’s from the end of 2003 all the way through the 2005 season. Until...”

“Best of You” by Foo Fighters
“...They ran into Vince Young in the greatest college football game of all time to close the season.”

“Speed of Sound” by Coldplay
“The Heisman Trust may not remember Reggie Bush, but the rest of us do, and that’s about how fast that electric, once-a-generation talent moved.”

“La Tortura” by Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz
"2005 gave us one of the lowest-rated NBA Finals -- Spurs-Pistons -- in history, and it had the nerve to go seven games! What torture.”

“Scars” by Papa Roach
“As in, ‘If you cancel your whole season because of a labor dispute, NHL, it’s gonna leave some scars.’ And it left some scars.”

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day
“That’s the road the Seahawks take to go back in their minds to Super Bowl XL, and officials throw flags at them the whole way for no apparent reason.”

“Over and Over” by Nelly featuring Tim McGraw
“Hey, did you know Jerome Bettis was from Detroit? That’s one thing Seahawks fans hear going down that boulevard. Over and over.”

The Mag 15 playlist: 2004

March, 27, 2013
3/27/13
7:00
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates 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.

“Yeah!” by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
“No need to explain, when this one was everywhere.”

“Hey Ya!” by OutKast
“Since it was hip-hop, but not really, the all-purpose choice for many arenas until they ran this one into the ground.”

“Overnight Celebrity” by Twista featuring Kanye West
“Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce LeBron James.”

“Numb” by Linkin Park
“And by the time Barry Bonds hit his 700th home run, that’s how just about everyone felt.”

“Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet
“Ever played Madden ’04? Yeah, you know this one too well.”

“Change Clothes” by Jay-Z
“Shaq went to the Heat, A-Rod went to the Yankees, eventually giving each team a ring that might not have been worth the trouble.”

“No Problem” by Lil Scrappy
“Nov. 19, at the Palace of Auburn Hills, there were lots of problems no one wanted, Stephen Jackson chief among them.”

"Lean Back” by Terror Squad
“Roy Jones didn’t like when Fat Joe mentioned him on the remix ... but he really should have leaned back before Antonio Tarver hit him with a second-round knockout.”

“Burn” by Usher
“That’s right, Yankees fans! That ALCS meltdown still burns, doesn’t it?”

“Sorry 2004” by Ruben Studdard
“The sort of song the AP Male Athlete of the Year should have sung then -- and refused to sing even after he confessed.”

The Mag 15 playlist: 2003

March, 25, 2013
3/25/13
12:30
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, right here on Sounds, 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.

“21 Questions” by 50 Cent
“See, this is the year baseball really started asking questions about performance enhancing drugs, getting back the answers they both expected and feared.”

“Ignition Remix” by R. Kelly
“A catchy little ditty about Helio Castroneves’ victory at the Indianapolis 500. Or maybe not.”

“Where is the Love?” by Black Eyed Peas
“Shaq, Kobe, after three rings, you found the love? Nah, didn’t think so.”

“Air Force Ones” by Nelly featuring the St. Lunatics
“For 2003 is the beginning of the season that saw Rasheed Wallace become an NBA champion.”

“Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake
“From Chicago, to Bartman, with love.”

“When I’m Gone” by 3 Doors Down
“For 2002 was the year Mike Tyson said he was going to “fade into oblivion” after losing to Lennox Lewis. Instead, he fell into...being likable?”

“Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw
“For Tiger Woods winning the Tiger Slam, though it might work better if the title were “Real Good, Man” instead.”

“Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson
“Sure, Serena Williams won three Grand Slams titles, but don’t forget the Australian Open saw Jennifer Capriati go back-to-back long after we thought that was possible.”

The Mag 15 playlist: 2002

March, 22, 2013
3/22/13
7:00
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, right here on Sounds, 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.

“How You Remind Me” by Nickelback

“Much like Indiana somehow made the final game of the NCAA tournament and Ohio State eventually won a national title that year, these guys somehow had the No. 1 song on Billboard’s year-end chart.”

“Lose Yourself” by Eminem

“Because every 'scrappy' athlete and resuscitated automaker needed an anthem, and Mr. Mathers is their Francis Scott Key.”

“Still Fly” by Big Tymers

“Ten years later, ESPN aired a 30 for 30 dedicated to this club classic.”

“Work It” by Missy Elliott

“Hello, Serena!”

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The Mag 15 playlist: 2001

March, 20, 2013
3/20/13
12:00
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, right here on Sounds, 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. This is 2001. Listen to the entire playlist below.

“Where the Party At” by Jagged Edge featuring Nelly

“Guaranteed this was the first thing Mike Krzyzewski said when he won his third championship, one more than Dean Smith. Or maybe not.”

“Take It to Da House” by Trick Daddy

“And that’s just what the '01 Miami Hurricanes, possibly the greatest college football team ever, did.”

“Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” by U2

“The worst of times ...”

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The Mag 15 playlist: 2000

March, 18, 2013
3/18/13
12:35
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, right here on Sounds, 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. This is 2000. Listen to the entire playlist below.

“Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas

“Basically, the only person more dominant than Santana was at the Grammys was Tiger Woods.”

“Higher” by Creed

“The year started roughly for Ray Lewis. But, like Creed, he and his religious rhetoric wound up on top, even if they got on people’s nerves in the process.”

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The Mag 15 playlist: 1999

March, 15, 2013
3/15/13
3:37
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates its 15th Anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, right here on Sounds, The Mag will look back and generate exclusive playlists curated by Bomani Jones. The Around the Horn panelist will pick out and discuss the biggest hits of the last 15 years. This is 1999. Listen to the entire playlist below.

“Believe” by Cher

“Fourteen years later, you can’t get away from this song. It’s here because you thought you got away...but nope!”

“Bills, Bills, Bills” by Destiny’s Child

“Booming economic times meant many athletes heard some version of this message many, many times.”

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What we were listening to in 1998

March, 13, 2013
3/13/13
7:50
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This month, ESPN The Magazine celebrates its 15th Anniversary.

To commemorate the milestone, The Mag will look back, year by year, to the athletes that thrilled us, to the moments that moved us, and to the sounds that inspired us. Right here on Sounds, we will generate exclusive playlists created and curated by Bomani Jones. The Around the Horn panelist will pick out and discuss the biggest hits of the last 15 years, starting with 1998.

Check out Sounds in the coming days for another playlist from Jones and check out The Mag’s 15 Anniversary issue on newsstands May 3.

To hear this entire playlist on Spotify, click here.

 

“Candle in the Wind 1997,” Elton John
"Not to be so somber, but the world lost Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Brickhouse and his successor behind the mic for the Cubs, Harry Caray."

“Gettin’ Jiggy wit It,” Will Smith
"Makes sense that this one was big as fellow universal megastar Michael Jordan was about to leave the stage."

“Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” Jay-Z
"Just as this one captures the fact Allen Iverson, for better or worse, became the face of the NBA."

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” Green Day
"Would be this year’s 'One Shining Moment,' if 'One Shining Moment' wasn’t, you know, already a song."

“Deja Vu (Uptown Baby),” Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz

“One Week,” Barenaked Ladies

“Make ‘Em Say Uhh,” Master P
"Because the video featured the greatest dunk contest since Jordan-Wilkins in 1988."

“Victory,” Puff Daddy featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes
"The best two verses from the King of New York for his Steinbrenner, the same year Yankees won the most games ever and a World Series for theirs."

"Stop Being Greedy" DMX
"That was basically the National Basketball Players Association’s response to owners during the lockout that began that fall (that didn’t work)."

“Find a Way,” A Tribe Called Quest
"And for Mark McGwire and countless others, that way ... well, wasn’t tested for."

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