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.”
“No Scrubs” by TLC
“And those athletes I mentioned earlier, their friends probably shouldn’t say anything from the passenger seat.”
“...Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears
“The unusually likable Yankees won another World Series. Like the video for this track, this left many wondering how much they should enjoy it.”
“Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin
"What, this doesn’t make you think of 1999 NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan?"
“I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan
“One can only imagine how many senior dances were brought to a screeching, choked-up halt by this one.”
“Back That Thang Up” by Juvenile featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil’ Wayne
“As if anyone’s ever needed to explain why this is on any list.”
“Bling Bling” by B.G.
“So good that sports media still hasn’t found another way to refer to gaudy jewelry.
“All Star” by Smashmouth
“Too easy...but I’m gonna use it anyway.”
“Still D.R.E.” by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg
“Someone should have used this beat to make “Still D.I.C.K.” For Dick Vermeil, silly, since he won the Super Bowl.”