1985: 'We Are The World' Hits #1 On The Charts As The World Unites

By Jacob Shelton
Paul Simon, Kim Carnes Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. Source: IMDB

Just reading the title “We Are The World” puts the unforgettable chorus in your head. Sung by a bevy of stars at the height of their fame, the song came together to benefit African famine relief, but writing a hit single is easier said than done. The bulk of the work was done by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie in a whirlwind writing session that nearly drove the two pop stars crazy. The recording session was another beast altogether. To bring together luminaries like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Tuner and dozens of other celebrities for a one night session it took favors, expert planning, and a whole lot of limos. As much of a struggle as the recording was it became one of the few singles to sell more than 20 million copies and provide millions of dollars in aid for Africa.