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alphastreet

We are the world vs. Do they know it’s Christmas

Which song do you like better and why? Would love to hear your thoughts
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Reply #1 posted 11/17/20 9:40pm

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Reply #2 posted 11/17/20 10:23pm

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I like both of those, but I'm going with Sun City because it's uptempo and you can dance to it. biggrin

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Reply #3 posted 11/17/20 11:41pm

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To answer the question, I like "Do they know it's Christmas" This song functions more like a regular song and not a charity song (either that makes sense or not you chose).

I think it boils down to my preference for the chorus of DTKIC or We are the World. I think We are the World has some amazing "spots" namely the MJ, Huey Lewis and Cyndi Lauper parts, but otherwise I prefer the Do they know it's Christmas song.

I hate any subsequent covers of these songs due to a lack of talent remaking them and just general inferiority.

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Reply #4 posted 11/17/20 11:45pm

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Those weren't the only two acts like that.

USA For Africa - We Are The World

Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?

Northern Lights - Tears Are Not Enough (on the We Are The World album)

Hands Across America - Hands Across America

Hear n' Aids (heavy metal acts) - Stars (plus an album by various artists)

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There was also Live Aid, Farm Aid.

"We Are The World" was so fucking massive when it happened. I mean, it was B-I-G! Band-Aid's song is a little limp out the gate, but it picks up a bit. "We Are The World" is schmaltzy, but it's supposed to be, a bit. It was still written by who major stars: Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

Oddly, Kool & the Gang and Jody Watley were at Band Aid, but not USA For Africa.

But which one was better? Just for the star power, I'm going with "We Are The World."

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Reply #5 posted 11/18/20 1:55pm

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'Do They Know Its Christmas' by some distance for me. I know its a charity single but 'We Are The World' is just too cheesy for me. It also opened the door to MJ including these kind of songs on most of his albums for the rest of his career.

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Reply #6 posted 11/18/20 4:12pm

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"Christmas" is a better written song.

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Reply #7 posted 11/18/20 4:19pm

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namepeace said:

"Christmas" is a better written song.

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Reply #8 posted 11/18/20 5:28pm

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alphastreet said:

Which song do you like better and why? Would love to hear your thoughts


"Do They Know It's Christmas" for all the reasons already mentioned.

But if I were to choose an all-star benefit song as a favorite, it would be "Sun City" by Artists United Against Apartheid. A lineup that includes Miles Davis, George Clinton, Lou Reed, Joey Ramone, Nona Hendryx and Run-DMC among others beats all the rest.

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Reply #9 posted 11/18/20 5:38pm

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alphastreet said:

Which song do you like better and why? Would love to hear your thoughts


"Do They Know It's Christmas" for all the reasons already mentioned.

But if I were to choose an all-star benefit song as a favorite, it would be "Sun City" by Artists United Against Apartheid. A lineup that includes Miles Davis, George Clinton, Lou Reed, Joey Ramone, Nona Hendryx and Run-DMC among others beats all the rest.

And Pat Benatar worship yeahthat that line-up was awesome nod

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Reply #10 posted 11/19/20 8:40pm

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alphastreet said:

Which song do you like better and why? Would love to hear your thoughts


We can knock it all we want and say it was schmaltzy, cheesy or whatever, but it remains a landmark in the history of music. Never again have you seen an all-star lineup with artists of that caliber in the same room. Just for that, I have to say that I prefer WATW. The vocal interplay between Bruce and Stevie is killer.
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Reply #11 posted 11/21/20 5:53pm

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We Are The World because of the caliber of artists and the voices involved. It has had more of an impact than DTKIC.
We Are The World just an all around better written and pleasing song, IMO.
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