To coincide with each selection, Bono also revealed plans to write a congratulatory letter for each of his selection. When discussing The Beatles, Bono decided to reference the significance of the band’s 1963 hit ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’.
The now-iconic song, which was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, became the Beatles’ best-selling single worldwide when more than 12 million copies were sold.
“Dear Beatles,” Bono’s letter begins. “It’s my earliest memory of music. I was three years old and in the back garden of 10 Cedarwood Road… I associate the song with the smell of freshly cut grass as I was lying on my back on the damp green patch after my Da had cut the lawn… Beside me was a lawn mower with green stained rotors that had to be repaired. My brother Norman could fix it… he could fix anything.
“It was the spring of 1964… the song on the radio felt like life force… like I was for the first time conscious that I was alive and that being alive was a really, really great idea!”
The U2 frontman continues: “I’m not sure whose hand was on your mind when you wrote this… It might have been nice to imagine it was my mother’s, but at age 3 most wee boys are trying to break away from such clutches… I had no such maternal or even romantic thoughts. In my head it felt like the universe was singing to me directly… and I still feel that now when listening to most of your songs.
“Maybe that’s how easy a messianic complex can start out… Your fan, Bono.”