U2 Frontman Bono Marks 60th B-Day by Listing "60 Songs That Saved My Life"

May 11, 2020

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Bono turned 60 this past Sunday, a milestone he celebrated by publishing a playlist titled "60 Songs That Saved My Life." In a message on U2's website, he explained that his selected tracks "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.” Pitchfork notes that Bono is also writing letters to the artists behind those 60 songs to tell each of them what their music has meant to him and sharing the letters online. For example, he told Billie Eilish that her song "Everything I Wanted" is "a black beauty, achingly awesomely, vulnerable and terrifying, fearless and worrisome." The playlist also includes The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," Madonna's "Ray of Light," Adele's "Chasing Pavements," Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life," Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," Kanye West's "Black Skinhead," and JAY-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind."