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.
"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."
"Makes sense that this one was big as fellow universal megastar Michael Jordan was about to leave the stage."
"Just as this one captures the fact Allen Iverson, for better or worse, became the face of the NBA."
"Would be this year’s 'One Shining Moment,' if 'One Shining Moment' wasn’t, you know, already a song."
"Because the video featured the greatest dunk contest since Jordan-Wilkins in 1988."
"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."
"That was basically the National Basketball Players Association’s response to owners during the lockout that began that fall (that didn’t work)."
"And for Mark McGwire and countless others, that way ... well, wasn’t tested for."