60 Songs That Saved Bono’s Life


In honor of his 60th birthday yesterday (May 10th) Bono, who’s had lots of time in lockdown, posted a list of track titled, “60 Songs That Saved My Life.”

He explained how the list was formed: “These are some of the songs that saved my life. 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. I wanted to thank the artists and everyone who helped make them. . . They were doing the same for me. . . I am writing a fan letter to accompany each song to try and explain my fascination. . . I’ll be sharing some here and on U2.com.”

The songs, which can be played via Spotify or YouTube, features classic tracks from John LennonBob DylanPrinceNirvana, the Clash, Elton JohnPearl Jam, the Sex Pistols, the Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, Johnny Cash, INXS, KraftwerkTalking HeadsLou ReedMadonnaDavid BowieElvis PresleyR.E.M., Bruce SpringsteenKanye West, Billie Eilish, the RamonesPublic EnemyFugeesDaft Punk, Jay-Z, Joy DivisionNew Order, Adele, Arcade FirePixiesOasis, Iggy PopMassive Attack, Kendrick LamarBob Marley, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lady Gaga, the Bee Gees, and many more.

The complete list of Bono’s “60 Songs That Saved My 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)

Bono also began posting letters to some of the artists and/or their relatives explaining his connection to the music.

He’s already posted notes on U2.com to Billie Eilish (and Finneas), David Bowie‘s son Duncan Jones, the members of Kraftwerk, and Nile Rodgers.

Read Bono’s fan letters HERE

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