We Are the World

We Are the World by USA for Africa was a UK number 1 hit on Saturday, April 20, 1985 spending 2 week(s) at the top of the UK charts. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote this song, and Quincy Jones produced it. This talented trio was perfect for the job. The USA For Africa project began as an idea calypso singer Harry Belafonte had for a benefit concert featuring black musicians. In late December 1984, looking for artists to participate, Belafonte called Ken Kragen, who managed an impressive roster of talent, including Lionel Richie. Kragen convinced Belafonte that they could raise more money and make a bigger impact with an original song; Belafonte agreed and Richie came on board to help. This won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a earthquake, which devastated the country and resulted in a death toll of approximately 200,000. A new version of the song was recorded on February 1, 2010 to raise funds for the stricken Haitians.

We Are the World FAQs

Who sang We Are the World?

We Are the World was performed by USA for Africa

What year did We Are the World get to the UK number 1 spot?

We Are the World first became a UK number 1 on Saturday, April 20, 1985

How long was We Are the World at number 1 in the UK?

We Are the World spent 2 week(s) at number 1 in the UK.