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Bono Names 60 Songs That Saved His Life On His 60th Birthday Playlist
Believe it or not, Sunday marked Bono's 60th birthday. To celebrate, the GRAMMY-winning U2 frontman and philanthropist shared a playlist of songs near and dear to him aptly titled "60 Songs That Saved My Life."
His advenvturous playlist covers a lot of musical ground, from David Bowie's "Life On Mars?" to Kanye West's "Black Skinhead," and Billie Eilish's "everything i wanted" to Sex Pistol's "Anarchy in the U.K." - and that's just in the first five songs! The ecletic mix of tunes spans many decades, genres and moods.
"These are some of the songs that saved my life," Bono wrote in a note accompanying the playlist. "Through all the scrapes, all manner of nuisance, from the serious to the silly... and the joy, mostly joy..."
The superstar singer also has posted a series of thank-you letters to the artists who created the music on his playlist. The first group of personalized notes contains heartfelt messages to Eilish and Bowie, as well as Daft Punk, Massive Attack, Kraftwerk and more, and can be read on U2's website.
"I wanted to thank the artists and everyone who helped make them," he wrote in reference to the notes. "I am writing a fan letter to accompany each song to try and explain my fascination..."
Who knows, the reverent and fun project may inspire other artists to identify the music and the music creators responsible for saving their lives, especially now, as music remains a much-needed source of support, inspiration, and, as Bono says, "joy, mostly joy."
Bono was honored by MusiCares as Person Of The Year in 2003 not only for his musical accomplishments but also for his extensive philanthropic work. Listen to Bono's "60 Songs That Saved My Life" playlist on your favorite streaming platform here.
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