I am sorry for this spoiler:
Who knew Bill Gates loves Ed Sheeran?! I don’t know why I am excited about this, but I am!
Bill Gates was asked on Sunday to choose 8 songs he would take with him to a desert island. In the rare interview with Kirsty Young, host of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, he revealed his top 8 songs and why he selected them.
Warning: The young ones in the house might not relate.
1: Under Pressure by David Bowie and Queen
According to Gates,
“In my 20s and 30s, I worked a lot, but a few Fridays and Saturdays we’d go out and dance, so this kind of reminds me of those disco days with a bit of weekend freedom.”
2. “Blue Skies Willie Nelson
This is where I realized how romantic Bill Gates is:
“My wife Melinda and I love Willie Nelson. So as a surprise gift for her, I had him show up the night before we got married. We were on a beach in Hawaii, and he kind of walked down the beach with his guitar, and I said,‘Well, here he is let’s have this guy sing some songs for us.’”
3 .“Sing,” Ed Sheeran
Yayy!! Bill Gates 13-year old daughter made him fall in love with Sing by Ed Sheeran, bless his daughter’s heart!
“My kids — who are 19, 16, and 13 — refresh my musical taste by tuning the radio or calling up songs on their phones. And so this is one that my 13-year-old, Phoebe, happens to like.”
4. “Are You Experienced,” Jimi Hendrix
He loved this song because back in college, his co-founder – Paul Allen taunted him due to his inexperience – if you know what I mean 😉
“Because I was younger [Paul Allen], would sometimes taunt me with the title of this song — “Are You Experienced” — because I hadn’t gotten drunk or other various things, so this is one of our favorites.”
5. “One,” U2
He adores this song because of his collaboration with Bono.
When the [Bill & Melinda Gates] Foundation was just getting started around 2000, Paul [Allen] told me that I should meet Bono. And I didn’t prioritize it because I thought a musician is not really going to understand this global health stuff. But we finally did get to meet and I was amazing about he had thought about it, read about it, so it started a partnership, and he’s been absolutely amazing.
6. “Two of Us,” The Beatles
Apparently, this song reminds Bill Gates of Steve Jobs,
Gates said he chose this song because Jobs mentioned it when the two famously gave a joint interview not long before the Apple founder’s death.
“Steve was really into music, and he loved the Beatles, and so did I. And he actually mentioned the song, ‘Two of Us,’ saying that was kind of like this journey we’d been on where we’d been competing and working together.”
7. “How Can Love Survive,” from “The Sound of Music”
Another song that shows us how romantic Bill Gates can be.
“Melinda and I both love “The Sound of Music,” and as I met [investor and philanthropist] Warren Buffett, he and his first wife Susie sang a song from “The Sound of Music.” In fact, this is one we’d never heard because it was in the Broadway musical and not in the movie. It’s kind of a cute song, so Melinda and I think of this as one of our favorites.”
8 “My Shot,” from “Hamilton”
This song is currently on Broadway. The reason he adores the song is because:
“It’s about a young person saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to take a risk. I’m going to get out there and try and do something new and different
How many of you know half of his playlist?
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