'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Band Aid Asked In 1984

By Emily Morenz
Left: Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in Notting Hill, London, during the recording of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' on November 25, 1984. Right: Sleeve art for the single. Sources: Photo by Larry Ellis/Express Newspapers/Getty Images; Amazon.com

With its poppy melody, inaccurate lyrics, cheesy aura, and all-star lineup of musicians, "Do They Know It’s Christmas" was composed of all the elements of a perfect ‘80s Christmas song. Written by Irish singer Bob Geldof (of Boomtown Rats) and Midge Ure (of Ultravox), the song was one of the earliest charity singles that raised massive funds for the famine occurring in Ethiopia. It certainly didn’t hurt that the tune was recorded by the British supergroup Band Aid created specifically for the occasion. Although some critics have felt skeptical about the song’s lyrics, "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" definitely raised holiday spirit through good intentions.