While you might think of Bill Gates as a hugely successful tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, or even wealthy billionaire--and all of that is true--but he's also a big music fan. Earlier this year, Bill appeared on the BBC's radio program "Desert Island Discs," which since 1942 has interviewed more than 3,000 people, including Alfred Hitchcock, Keith Richards, Margaret Thatcher, and Whoopi Goldberg.
During the course of their interview, everyone who appears on the show is asked which 8 songs they would choose to have with them if they were cast away alone on a desert island.
Here are the 8 songs Bill Gates told the BBC he would take with him to a desert island, along with his explanations why the songs are particularly meaningful to him.
1. David Bowie and Queen - Under Pressure. "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."
2. Willie Nelson - Blue Skies. "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. Ed Sheeran - Sing. "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. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced? "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. U2 - One. "Paul told me that I should meet Bono, and I didn't prioritize it, because I thought a musician isn't really going to understand this global health stuff. But we finally did get to meet, and I was amazed at how he had thought about it, read about it, and so it started a partnership. And he's been absolutely amazing."
6. The Beatles - Two of Us. "Steve [Jobs] was really into music--he loved the Beatles and so did I. And he actually mentioned this song, Two of Us, saying that was kind of like this journey we'd been on where we'd been competing and working together, but only we understood how intense and what great memories came out of that."
7. How Can Love Survive, from the Sound of Music. "Melinda and I both love the Sound of Music and as I met 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, the musical. "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.'"
In addition to naming the 8 songs that he would take with him to a desert island, Bill Gates also made a choice of a book that he would also make sure was in his suitcase:
- The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker