We Are The World (5:20)

Cover of 1969-2004 Ultimate Collection

From 1969-2004 Ultimate Collection and 3 other releases

“We Are the World” is a 1985 song and charity single recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and co-produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. Following Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” project in the UK, an idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from activist Harry Belafonte, who, along with fundraiser Ken Kragen, was instrumental in bringing the vision to reality. Several musicians were contacted by the pair, before Jackson and Richie were assigned the task of writing the song. Following several months of working together, the duo completed the writing of “We Are the World” one night before the song’s first recording session, in early 1985. The last recording session for the song was held on January 28, 1985. The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.

The song was released on March 7, 1985, as the only single from the album. A worldwide commercial success, it topped music charts throughout the world and became the fastest-selling American pop single in history. The first ever single to be certified multi-platinum, “We Are the World” received a 4× certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. However, the song garnered mixed reviews from journalists, music critics and the public. Fans enjoyed hearing racially and musically diverse recording artists singing together on one track, and felt satisfied in buying “We Are the World”, knowing that the money was going to charity.

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  • eins-zwei-3

    wow........unverkennbar...wunderbares TRIO

    5 Jun 2:36pm Reply
  • memo_chan

    miss you.

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • opethryche

    @daisy757, agreed. It's a shame a leading Christian channel on Youtube codemned Jackson to hell because he was allegedly part of a secret organization that a Pope killed off in 1780

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ka_ga_min_

    nostalgic

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Its_bitch

    @MelomanXXXL YOU IS VERY IDIOT, PLEASE, SHUT UP O___O'

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Nadischoki

    it's great, awesome...amazing...

    3 Nov 2010 Reply
  • daisy757

    THIS IS HIS MESEG THIS IS WATE HE WANTED TO TELL US ALL OF US THAT WE NEAD TO STOP THE HATING AND START LOVING GOST LISON REAL CLOSE AND YOULL HEAR IT.

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • faszinationen

    Mein Gott .....MJ kommt ja gar nicht zum Singen!!! Er ist !!!!! THE ONE! ... .. der KING OF POP!!!!! .. ... und Lion~el Richie..... da haben diese Beiden das beste Ding gestartet ~ ~ und damals die Hilfe für Haiti auch : http://www.songtexte.com/songtext/michael-jackson/we-are-the-world-3c9ed83.htm ^^^ die ging auch ~wavin'flag~ all around the WORLD ° echt Löwenstark!! ... .. ... langsam lerne ich , immer besser Englisch zu verstehen -- . .. werde versuchen , die lyrics zu übersetzen, .....oder hat das schon jemand g'macht?? cheers..... Ach , Ja ! ,.... an den Händen festhalten... Du und ich ~ und Ich und Du : WOW ! .. ...Sa ist schön ... This is it !!! !! YEAH! H'EU~ RE ~KA ! ~~~Oh , Michael Jackson ...ich mag Dich....All The best ... to There .....where You are...I'm sure you are not sleeping .....Your' watching....( °° )....thxs!

    21 Aug 2010 Reply
  • pepato18

    <3

    26 Jul 2010 Reply
  • BethanyStephens

    the usa africa did a cover of this song

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Akvilius

    well, actually, he WROTE it

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • peanuthead94

    This is not michael jackson's song! it's USA For Africa's! Fix this lastfm!

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • 2Serenity

    Though I love Michael Jackson, I love his voice and his vision, I prefer this song how he had it arranged for USA For Africa. I prefer it with all the different voices he wrote it for. Not feeling his solo take on this but (that's just my opinion). I guess with him singing, "WE" are the world I want to hear other voices. His voice though stands out when it is within the group. I always respect and adore his creativity! However, I do like that African lingo that he is singing. How dope is that? xox

    2 Nov 2009 Reply
  • greeny91

    22 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Pellkoppf

    ღ ♫ღ

    21 Aug 2009 Reply
  • MelomanXXXL

    I like Michael Jackson, but this song is a shit (IMHO)

    16 Aug 2009 Reply
  • kepler789-982

    BRILLIANT STUFF

    6 Aug 2009 Reply
  • designasaurs

    I love listening to demos.

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Dizzy_Dogg

    Rest in Peace Michael! That song is ... amazing!

    4 Aug 2009 Reply
  • TheSnuggler

    I was so devastated when I heard of Michael's death. My childhood was pretty much surrounded by the "OFF THE WALL" album. Rest in Peace.

    26 Jul 2009 Reply
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