He told fans the tracks were "songs that saved my life" in a post on the band's official website.
"These are some of the songs that saved my life... the ones I couldn’t have lived without... the ones that 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," the Irish rocker wrote.
"I wanted to thank the artists and everyone who helped make them... they were doing the same for me... I am writing a fan letter to accompany each song to try and explain my fascination."
Bono's list included "Miserere", the song he recorded with the late Luciano Pavarotti and Zucchero, Billie Eilish's "everything i wanted", "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles, and songs by Sex Pistols, Kanye West, David Bowie, Ramones, The Clash, Kraftwerk, Johnny Cash, The Fugees, Public Enemy, Patti Smith, Lady GaGa, and John Lennon.