Turning 18

30 May 202229

Turning 18

In the animation from his forthcoming memoir Surrender, Bono recalls writing his first song, Out of Control, on the day he turned 18.

And for @youtubemusic he's curated a 15 track playlist of songs he was listening to in that year of 1978.

Tell us which tracks you love from his list - and why - and then which tracks you’ll always remember…  from the year YOU turned 18.

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Top 15 in the year I turned 18 (1996)
U2- Lemon Jimmy Hendrix- All Along The Watchtower Neil Young- Hey Hey, My My Sting- Shape Of My Heart The The- Love Is Stronger Than Death Radiohead- Street Spirit (Fade Out) Faithless- Insomnia Blur- Sing Oasis- Don't Look Back In Anger David Bowie- Ashes To Ashes Gavin Friday & Bono- Billy Boola Chris Rea- Looking For The Summer U2- One R.E.M.- Country Feedback Lou Reed- Perfect Day
18 years old in 1987... I have already been a fan of U2 since the early 80s and any new U2 album is expected and I need the vinyl on the first day of its release. I listen to The Joshua Tree on repeat, lying on my bed; all songs have a soul. I particularly like Exit! I remember it like it was yesterday!
The year we turned 18…
You were May, I was July. When we turned 18, the purist in me went back to vinyl, Sansui receiver, Kenwood Composite turntable, Altec Lansing speakers. Genesis was in the rotation, The Cars, Patti Smith, Police, Devo, Cheap Trick. The feeling of rebellion was jostled within me as I heard the calling of Anarchy came from The Sex Pistols. The siren call of Debbie Harry beckoned me to the dance floor. Getting lost in the music was the healthier outlet that got me past 1978…
The songs I'll always remember when I was 18 (1971) Jimi Hendrix Up From The Skies, Castles Made of Sand, Are You Experienced? All the songs from Beatles White Album, Sgt Peppers and Let It Be. Disraeli Gears
Love it!
So I turned 18 only 3 years after Bono and I love the fact that his musical taste was very similar to mine. Obviously I loved U2 so I also love Out of Control. I saw U2 live for the first time in 1981 at Bristol Locarno and they blew me away. A magical gig. They were playing Boy and October and the whole band were on fire but Bono left me enchanted and I have been ever since. Hong Kong Garden is a great Siouxsie track. I wasn't a huge fan but that song has something about it. Power and subtlety. Blondie, The Jam, The Police, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and Buzzcocks were all my favourites so every single one of their tracks I love, although I'd probably choose other individual tracks ahead of these. Because The Night is so so good. Such atmosphere and strength in the music and Patti's voice. Again not a big fan but I loved this single. My 15 would be: U2 – I Will Follow Kate Bush – The Kick Inside The Jam – Private Hell The Clash – London Calling The Cure – Faith The Specials – Concrete Jungle Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart Pretenders – Birds of Paradise Magazine – The Light Pours Out Of Me The Teardrop Explodes – Treason Siouxsie and the Banshees – Spellbound Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster Blondie – Detroit 442 The Police – Driven To Tears The Stranglers – Walk On By
My songs in 1991
Here's my list when I turned 18, with some Brazilian bands: YOU ARE EVERYTHINGYOU ARE EVERYTHING - Rod Stewart Miles away - Winger Right Here Right Now- Jesus Jones I Remember You - skid row Tendo a Lua - Os Paralamas Do Sucesso Unbelievable Unbelievable - EMF Shiny Happy People REM Don't Cry Don’t CryGuns N’ Roses By My SideBy My Side inxs O teatro dos vampiros - Legião Urbana Wind Of Change - Scorpions Cry for Help - Rick Asley It Ain't Over Til It's Over - Lenny kravitz More Than Words - Extreme Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses - U2 Ultraviolet (Light My Way) - U2 Until the End of the World - U2 The Fly - U2
15 45s from the year I turned 18 (that g
- Suede --Animal Nitrate - Manic Street Preachers -- La Tristesse Durera - U2 -- Stay - R.E.M. -- Nightswimming - Radiohead -- Creep - Depeche Mode -- Walking In My Shoes - Pop Will Eat Itself -- Get The Girl Kill The Baddies - Smokin Suckaz With Logic -- Motha Made Em - The Breeders -- Cannonball - Rage Against The Mashine - Bombtrack - Porno For Pyros -- Pets - Sonic Youth -- Drunken Butterfly - Sugar -- If I can´t Change Your Mind - The Lemonheads - Into Your Arms - The The -- Dogs Of Lust
I don’t remember the songs that were hits when I was 18 years old… that was a long time ago! I do remember listening to U2, bauhaus, joy division, the cult and many really good bands that I’ve liked listening since then and still do . Special note to Siouxie and the banshees finally a woman on these lists… and of course kraftwerk ! God bless good music . Take care Cheers from Portugal
Unforgettable fire
When I was 18 I considered myself as slaved to u2. As a fan the greatest phase for being a u2-fan. Just after the Love Town tour and with the new 'single' Night and Day and the full excitement for the new u2 with the leaked AB taoes.... 1. Unforgettable fire -u2 2. Tomorrow - u2 3. Drowning man - u2 4. Where the streets- u2 5. Heartland -u2 6. Surrender - u2 7. New Gold Dream - Simple Minds 8. Tower of strength- the Mission 9. They dance alone - Sting 10. Power of love- Frankie Goes to Hollywood 11. Spirits in the material world- Police 12. Waterfront - Simple Minds 13. Enjoy the silence- Depeche Mode 14. Just like heaven- Cure 15. Rock the casbah- Clash
My top songs as an 18 years old
Love With or Without you, u2; Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Guns and Roses, Poison. From Bono´s selection, I choose: Ramones Hong Kong Garden, Blondie, Police, Patti Smith, The Clash!!! Alternative Ulster, Xray Spec, Rap trap. LOVE BONO
My top 15 songs as an 18 year old
Here is my 15 at 18 list- I was 18 in 1997 and had just discovered alternative rock 2 years prior. I was raised in a very rural area of Oklahoma in the US... Filming Lips- She Don't Use Jelly Chainsaw Kittens- Mouthful of Glass Smashing Pumpkins- Porcelains of the Vast Oceans U2- Staring at the Sun NIN- Closer Smashing Pumpkins- Mayonnaise Soundgarden- Blow up the Outside World Soundgarden- Black Hole Sun Alice in Chains- Heaven Beside You Alice in Chains- Rooster U2- Wake up Deadman NIN- Hurt Cure- Lullaby Fountains of Wayne- Radiation Vibe Dishwalla- Counting Blue Cars Depeche Mode- Policy of Truth
Fifteen from my 18 y.o. playlist
In no particular order: 1. U2, Tomorrow 2. New Order, Fine Time 3. Joy Division, Atmosphere 4. Depeche Mode, But Not Tonight 5. Cocteau Twins, Carolyn's Fingers 6. The Smiths, Still Ill (from "Rank") 7. When in Rome, The Promise 8. Alphaville, Lassie Come Home 9. The Cure, Just Like Heaven 10. R.E.M., You Are the Everything 11. Erasure, A Little Respect 12. Pink Floyd, Mother 13. Enya, Orinoco Flow 14. Toad the Wet Sprocket, Know Me 15. U2, Heartland
My 1990 Playlist
When I was 18…..
I listened to similar music like Bono when 18…. But some new stuff i liked was: Aerosmith - Crying / Duran Duran - Ordinary World / UB40 - can’t help falling in love with you / Gin Blosdoms - hey jealousy / Smashing Pumpkins - Today & Disarm / Counting Crows - Mr. Jones / Cranberries, Suede, Depeche Mode and of course I was still totally into Achtung Baby and Zooropa
Tracks I remember from the year I turned
From Bono's list I like Out of Control obviously as it shows the power of U2 from the very beginning. Roxanne introduced me to The Police. List of songs I remember from the year I turned 18: True Blue - Madonna Invisible Touch - Genesis Manic Monday - The Bangles Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins, still relevant for the Movie Sequel!! Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel Bigmouth Strikes Again - The Smiths The Final Countdown - Europe Lessons in Love - Level 42 Suburbia - Pet Shop Boys You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde Notorious - Duran Duran You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
When i was 18, in Mulhouse (France)
i was born in 1973, Sept. Born to Music in 1985, with a new older friend of mine showing me a video of "under a blood red sky". From this moment on, after 2 years discovering everything from The Joshua Tree back to Boy, i started to discover other artists. Most of them were because i had read an interview of U2 saying how much they liked this band, or that this artist would love U2. so i started my musical discovery ride...it was The Waterboys, it was The Pogues, it was David Bowie...which lead me to Lou Reed, to the Velvet...then to punk. Also there was The Cure, no obvious link (not a single nice word from Robert Smith around here, he?...) apart from what i still believe a true sincerity from both bands to their art. And then came The House Of Love, out of nowhere: just heard them on the radio, and it was a big "whaou" moment. With The House of Love came also the so called indie scene, from The Jesus and Mary Chain to the Pixies,..., and to this absolutely magical and very intimate band: The Pastels (quite the mirror-band from U2 in a certain way).: I went through this but of course not without falling in love with The Beatles, The Kinks, The La's, Blur, Arcade Fire, Belle & Sebastian,... and Gabriel Fauré. Thank you for opening my ears to so many sounds and emotions. Here's my list: U2: The Fly The House of Love: Shine One Pixies: Number 13 Ride: Decay The La's: Timeless Melody Serge Gainsbourg: Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais The Pastels: Something goin'on The Cure: Siamese Twins The Velvet Underground: I'll be your mirror The Doors: Love Street The Waterboys: Fisherman's blues The Pogues: A pair of brown eyes My Bloody Valentine: Cupid Come The Stone Roses: Waterfall The Beatles: A day in the Life The Rolling Stones: Mother's little helper David Bowie: Starman Depeche Mode: Never let me down again
At 18?
Einstürzende Neubauten, "Haus der Luege," Diamanda Galás, "Double-Barrel Prayer," Shrilltower, "Hair Currents," Eric Lunde, "Tape Death Cut," Robert Haigh, "A Waltz in Plain C," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, "The Mercy Seat," Nurse With Wound, "Cooloorta Moon," some others I'm no doubt forgetting ...
My 15 @ 18
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/04NiuVJqJ1laLLxIQWA4IS?si=gVAnunT1RbyVQMRWnp2G3w Where the Streets Have No Name -U2 If We All Get To Heaven - Terrence Trent D'arby Verdi Cries - 10,000 Maniacs The One I Love - r.e.m. No New Tale To Tell - Love & Rockets Strangelove - Depeche Mode Girlfriend in a Coma - Smiths Sweet Fire of Love - Robbie Robertson Troy - Sinead O'Connor It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys If Only Tonight We Could Sleep - The Cure Can't Hardly Wait - The Replacements Love Removal Machine - The Cult Spiraling - Erasure Heartbreak Beat - Psychedelic Furs
18 in 82
I have quite an eclectic music taste so here goes: Psycho Killer - Talking Heads; Steppin Out - Joe Jackson; Situation - YAZ; Town Called Malice - The Jam; Senses Working Overtime - XTC; Love My Way - Psychedelic Furs; More than This - Roxy Music; 1999 - Prince; The Passenger - Iggy Pop; Chain Gang - Pretenders; ANYTHING CLASH; I Ran - Flock of Seagulls; Pale Shelter - Tears for Fears; Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
1977 - not that cool, yet…
1. Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees 2. We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions - Queen 3. Heroes - David Bowie 4. Best Of My Love - The Emotions 5. God Save the Queen - The Sex Pistols 6. Brick House - The Commodores 7. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac 8. Paradise By the Dashboard Light - Meat Loaf 9. I Feel Love - Donna Summer 10. Jamming - Bob Marley and the Wailers 11. Flash Light - Parliament 12. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton 13. Lust For Life - Iggy Pop 14. Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel 15. Got To Give It Up - Marvin Gaye
ElectricCo ... at 18
From Bono's list I LOVE Out of Control .... indeed BLONDIE Roxanne .... just a Parisian Girl .. anyway Psycho Killer.... mais qu'est ce c'est ???? When I was 18 .... I was just waiting for JT .... And my 1st U2 SHOW 6 months later But Anyway .... Let's Dance Bowie Macalla CLANNAD Master of Puppets Metallica Depeche Mode The Cure SIMPLE Minds in The city of lights Etc Etc ....
Long Time Ago - Rough Estimate Of My Pla
The Cure - Close To Me ; For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica; Blasphemous Rumors - Depeche Mode; Aces High - Iron Maiden; Shake The Disease - Depeche Mode; Bad - U2; Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized; Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2: I will Follow -U2: Whiplash - Metallica : American Pie - Don Mclean; Louie, Louie - The Kingsmen: I Got a Name - Jim Croce A Forest - The Cure; Party Girl - U2
After one summer fire...
11 years have passed since my 18th birthday, but there was a lot of music in my life before that. But that year I was deeply immersed in the music of The Doors, as well as early post-punk, especially little-known like Belfegore. I also discovered The Cult and Nina Hagen. Madly loved everything that Kingdom Come did. I also liked to listen to movie soundtracks, for example, to A Clockwork Orange. If one song each, it's The Order Of Death (Public Image Ltd.), Temple of Love (The Sisters of Mercy), Dead, Jail Or Rock 'N' Roll (Michael Monroe), 18 And Life (Skid Row), Waiting for the Sun (The Doors), In The Name Of The Father (Bono & Gavin Friday), Tower of Song (Leonard Cohen), Sign Your Name (Terence Trent D'Arby), Isolation (Toto), Surrender (Roxette), Head Like A Hole (NIN), Paradise City (GN'R), Silver Rainbow (Genesis), Shake It Out (Florence And The Machine), Jackie (Sinéad O'Connor), Nobody's Perfect (Jessie J), D.R.F.S.R. (Warrant), and many, many other things... And why all this? It's hard to say. Some songs helped me think, some helped me dream, some songs inspired and at the same time kept me from making a revolution in anything.
15 at 18 - I was an angry little thing.
Absolutely love Bono's playlist. That's my kind of songs and I still listen to those bands on a regular basis. As for mine, ha, well - angry little thing I guess. Still pretty much listen to all of those too so not sure what that says about me :D Here's my 15 at 18 : Faint - Linkin Park Hysteria - Muse 7 nation Army - The White Stripes Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers Reptilia - The Strokes Drain the blood - The Distillers Fall back down - Rancid Cliché Guevara - Against me! Turncoat - Anti Flag Private Hell - Iggy Pop/Greenday Sick city sometimes - Buzzcocks Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet Where is the love - Black Eyed Peas Idiots Are Taking Over - NOFX Bring Me The Disco King - Bowie
The Year I turned 18.
From his list, Out of Control (obviously), Siouxsie, The Police and Talking Heads. What I was listening to from the year I turned 18: 1. So Alive - Love and Rockets 2. Love Song -The Cure 3. I Don’t Want Your Love - Duran Duran 4. Love Shack - The B-52s 5. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode 6. REM - Stand 7. Pictures of You -The Cure 8. Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails 9. Black Velvet - Alanna’s Myles 10. Wicked Game - Chris Isaak 11. Listen to Your Heart - Roxette 12. Toy Soldiers - Martika 13. The Seeds of Love - Tears for Fears 14. The Promise - When in Rome 15. The End of the Innocence - Don Henley
My TOP 15 in the year I turned 18
Not by any particular order but only 1992 releases: • Killing In The Name - Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine • Midlife crisis - Angel Dust - Faith No More • 100% - Dirty - Sonic Youth • O Stella - Dry - PJ Harvey • Fear of the dark - Fear of the dark - Iron Maiden • Straight To You - Henry's Dream - Nick Cave and The Badseeds • Reverence - Honey's dead - The Jesus and Mary Chain • Aneurysm - Incesticide - Nirvana • From One Jesus To Another - Masque - The Mission • Lover lover lover - Mysterio - Ian McCulloch • Ring the bells - Seven - James • Pity the Sadness - Shades Of God - Paradise Lost • Temple of Love - Some Girls Wander by Mistake - The Sisters of Mercy • From the edge of the deep green sea - Wish - The Cure • Seasick, yet still docked - Your Arsenal - Morrissey
My Top 15 without a order
Lemon (U2) I can‘t Dance (Genesis) Hypnotised (Simple Minds) Wonderwall (Oasis) Song 2 (Blur) Was geht? (Die fantastischen 4) High Hopes ( Pink Floyd) Until it sleeps (Metallica) Stay (U2) Welcome to the pleasuredome (Frankie goes to Hollywood) Intergalactic (Beastie Boys) Yellow submarine (the Beatles) Around the world (Daft Punk) Let‘s dance (David Bowie) Der Kommissar (Falco)
Nothing compares 2U
Underground Oldenzaal town, Monday 30-5-2022 No, this is not a joke. This was the music I listen to when I turned 18. The big music was over but U2 came into my heart and everything changes. Love for the music and light for the musicians! Go on U2! We? gonna make it, the long way to the light! Detlev Lassche for the vertigo hunter. Miss You Sugar.
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