U2's Bono shares the 60 songs that 'saved his life'
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From David Bowie to The Beatles: U2’s Bono shares the 60 songs that ‘saved his life’

Bono turned 60 over the weekend and to celebrate this milestone he has shared a playlist of the most important songs that have helped shape his life.

The U2 frontman’s list includes songs by iconic artists spanning from David Bowie, The Beatles, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nirvana, Kraftwerk, Public Enemy, Lou Reed, Massive Attack, Iggy Pop, Arcade Fire, JAY-Z, Pixies all the way to Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish and more.

In a post on Instagram, Bono posted to his followers: “These are some of the songs that saved my life,” Bono said in a statement. “The ones I couldn’t have lived without… the ones that got me from there to here, zero to 60… through all the scrapes, all manner of nuisance, from the serious to the silly… and the joy, mostly joy.”

Bono also added that he will write a “fan letter to accompany each song to try and explain my fascination.”

One of the letters, focusing on David Bowie’s Life on Mars?, is written to Bowie’s son, Duncan.”When I heard your Dad’s song LIFE ON MARS? on the radio in 1973, I was hiding under the covers of my bed in 10 Cedarwood Road listening to a pirate radio station called Radio Caroline,” Bono writes. “The song was answering a much more important question when I was 13… Is there intelligent life on earth? It was proof as far as I’m concerned.”

Celebrate the iconic frontman’s birthday by listening to some of the songs which helped influence him throughout different stages of his career and also get a taste of what he is listening to currently whilst he is in lockdown.

The 60 songs that saved Bono’s life:

  1. Luciano Pavarotti, Bono & Zucchero – “Miserere”
  2. Sex Pistols – “Anarchy In the UK”
  3. Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
  4. Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
  5. David Bowie – “Life on Mars?”
  6. The Beatles – “I Want to Hold your Hand”
  7. Ramones – “Swallow My Pride”
  8. The Clash – “Safe European Home”
  9. Public Enemy – “Fight The Power”
  10. Patti Smith – “People Have the Power”
  11. John Lennon – “Mother”
  12. The Rolling Stones – “Ruby Tuesday”
  13. Elton John – “Daniel”
  14. Andrea Bocelli – “Con Te Partiro”
  15. Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel”
  16. Johnny Cash – “Hurt”
  17. This Mortal Coil – “Song to the Siren”
  18. Kraftwerk – “Neon Lights”
  19. Fugees – “Killing Me Softly With His Song”
  20. Prince – “When Doves Cry”
  21. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers – “Get Lucky”
  22. Madonna – “Ray of Light”
  23. Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”
  24. Talking Heads – “Love Goes to Building on Fire”
  25. Lou Reed – “Satellite of Love”
  26. The Verve – “Bitter Sweet Symphony”
  27. Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
  28. New Order – “True Faith”
  29. R.E.M. – “Nightswimming”
  30. Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
  31. Arcade Fire – “Wake Up”
  32. Pixies – “Monkey Gone to Heaven”
  33. Oasis – “Live Forever”
  34. Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life”
  35. Gavin Friday – “Angel”
  36. Massive Attack – “Safe From Harm”
  37. Kendrick Lamar feat. U2 – “XXX”
  38. Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Redemption Song”
  39. Echo and the Bunnymen – “Rescue”
  40. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  41. Pearl Jam – “Jeremy”
  42. Bob Dylan – “Most of the Time”
  43. Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
  44. Depeche Mode – “Walking in My Shoes”
  45. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Into My Arms”
  46. Simon & Garfunkel – “The Sounds of Silence”
  47. Coldplay – “Clocks”
  48. INXS – “Never Tear Us Apart”
  49. New Radicals – “You Get What You Give”
  50. Angélique Kidjo – “Agolo”
  51. Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
  52. Frank Sinatra & Bono – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
  53. David Bowie – “Heroes”
  54. Simple Minds – “New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)”
  55. Sinéad O’Connor – “You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart”
  56. Van Morrison – “A Sense of Wonder”
  57. Bruce Springsteen – “There Goes My Miracle”
  58. Daniel Lanois – “The Maker”
  59. Peter Frampton – “Show Me The Way”
  60. Bee Gees – “Immortality” (Demo Version)
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