The Mag 15 playlist: 2000

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.”

“Try Again” by Aaliyah

“Maybe this dropped one year late, for Dan Marino stopped chasing Lombardi’s windmill the year before.”

“Bye Bye Bye” by ‘N Sync

“Like John Elway, ‘N Sync was on top in 2000. And like John Elway, Chris Kirkpatrick was about 39 years old.”

“Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” by Backstreet Boys

“Same for the tall one in this group. 'Boy' band, my eye.”

“Country Grammar (Hot S**t)” by Nelly

“That’s right -- Missouri produced a handful of chart-topping rappers, but still hasn’t won a conference championship in football since 1977. Stick with what you’re good at, I suppose.”

“Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child

“For 2000 was when the Williams sisters went from having potential to being on top whether you liked it or not.”

“I Need You” by LeAnn Rimes

“Had Shaq and Kobe just listened to LeAnn Rimes together after their first championship, they’d have seen the light and kept it together.”

“Guerilla Radio” by Rage Against the Machine

“Another subversive, only-play-the-instrumental classic still heard at arenas and stadiums today."

“B.O.B.” by OutKast

“Hey, Andre wore shoulder pads in the video, and they were just as out of place as he would be on a football field.”