What we were listening to in 1998

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."