A truly captivating song that displays unity in the world collectively is; “We are the World.” It was co-written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones.
The song was originally written in 1985, and then had a new version released in 2010. Its title itself questions indirectly how we can be together in harmony. It resounds with soul reaching lyrics, calls for immediate action of aid, and hums of love, and the lyrics are sung by leading artists from all over the world.
For this debut, race was only a means of definition and not of separation. They also came from unique musical backgrounds, each one of them. Artists from the 1985 version include Billy Joel, John Oates, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Wonder. The different instruments used are drums, pianos, and strings. Specific instruments included percussions, keyboards, and synthesizers. Of course, in the newer version even programming was used. In 1985, Greg Phillinganes played the keyboards, John Robinson played the drums, and Michael Boddicker synthesized.
What makes this song so special is that it sings, “One world, Our children.” It reached the number one single in so many places. In Australia, Italy, Sweden, UK, and Norway. In other words, ‘We are the World,” went international. It was performed at several locations. In the White House even President Clinton joined in. This song was one for the record books.
I think the best thing about this song is how it announces that as an evolutionary world we will never leave someone behind, and even more importantly we will never ever depart from one another. Daring to be a good influence for the sake of humanity. The reception across the globe had mixed reviews. One journalist noted that it reminded him of a Pepsi commercial jingle. It was well received by the rock music industry even though it was mostly a pop song.
Despite the criticism it acclaimed, it was created for a humanitarian cause. To help Haiti after the impact of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010. Meanwhile, the original from 1985 was created to help famine relief in Africa provided by the USA (United Support of Artists). Such efforts by musicians raised 14 million dollars for the USA to use in 1985.
On a wider scheme of events, the solo single, ”We are the World,” left a legacy for other musicians to follow. It calls for other songs to raise awareness and lead a helping hand.