The Mag 15 playlist: 2009

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.

“Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus

“This was the year of the Super Bowl champion Saints, as close as possible to truly being America’s Team. Even a couple of Falcons fans rooted for Drew Brees & Co.”

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” by Beyonce

“Two years earlier, Kobe demanded the Lakers get him some help. This year, he put a ring on it, and Shaq was nowhere to be found.”

“Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys

“Jay and Keys performed this during the 2009 World Series, which the Yankees won. Which, apparently, turned this into the new New York anthem the world was just itchin’ for.”

“I Love College” by Asher Roth

“Guarantee that’s how John Wall felt about his year at Kentucky, when he and his incoming classmates arrived in the Fall and fully ushered in the era of one-and-done college basketball. It’s just that he loves millions of dollars more.”

“Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects

“This goes out to poor Marian Hossa, who left the Penguins to join the Detroit, saying they had the best chance at the Stanley Cup. Then the Red Wings lost in the Finals ... to Pittsburgh.”

“Heartless” by Kanye West

“I mean, it might be a stretch to say the robotic Nick Saban is 'heartless.' But '09 saw him win his first title at Alabama ... and it really isn’t that much of a stretch.”

“Blame It,” by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain

“As in, “blame it on the alcohol,” an approach that would have simply caused trouble for Joba Chamberlain and anyone else busted for DUI.”

“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga

“This was the year before 'The Decision,' when LeBron James teased franchises from sea to shining sea. And most still had no idea what he would do.”