U2’s Bono turns 60, shares playlist of the 60 songs that ‘saved my life’

U2 frontman Bono, who turned 60 on May 10, shared a playlist of 60 songs that have impacted his life.

“These are some of the songs that save 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,” he wrote in a letter to fans on U2.com.

He said he’d be writing a letter on the way in which of the 60 songs has affected him.

The list includes luminaries like Luciano Pavarotti, the Sex Pistols and David Bowie to younger artists like Billie Eilish, Adele and Kanye West

Additionally, Bono has begun writing fan letters to each artist on the list—or his or her surviving relatives—to thank them.

“I step inside your song and it’s a black beauty, achingly awesomely vulnerable and terrifying, fearliess and worrisome … but you are not worried by all that,” he wrote to Eillish and her brother, Finneas.

To the members of Kraftwerk, who lost cofounder Florian Schneider this week, he recounted how “The Man Machine stole his heart and mind as a teenager. “I gave [wife] Ali [Hewson] a copy to romance her on her 17th birthday in 1978… “Neon Lights” is a song that brought into being a future that has now become so familiar, it is easy to forget just how strange it was.”

The playlist is available on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music and Amazon.

See the full list of artists and songs below.

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. The 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 Walers – 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 – 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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