Saturday, November 13, 2010

Top 20 Charity Singles

Every once in a while, a group of famous musicians comes together to record a special song for a charitable cause. The results are usually amazing although not always - I guess it all depends on the caliber of stars that sign up for a specific cause. Of course, it is not the same to donate talent, time and voice for earthquake relief than for chicken pox relief - for instance. Any way, at the end of the cause causes are what matter. These are my Top 20 Charity Singles of all time.

01. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?

Year: 1984
Cause: Famine in Ethiopia
Organized by: Bob Geldof
Supergroup: UK Artists > U2, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, George Michael, Spandau Ballet, Ultravox, Bananarama, Heaven 17, etc.

02. Northern Lights - Tears Are Not Enough

Year: 1985
Cause: Famine in Ethiopia
Organized by: Bryan Adams, David Foster
Supergroup: Canadian Artists > Bryan Adams, Loverboy, Rush, Anne Murray, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Corey Hart, Gordon Lightfoot, The Guess Who, etc.

03. USA for Africa - We Are The World

Year: 1985
Cause: Famine in Ethiopia
Organized by: Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones
Supergroup: US Artists > Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Steve Perry, Ray Charles, James Ingram, etc.

04. Hear'n'Aid - Stars

Year: 1985
Cause: Famine in Ethiopia
Organized by: Ronnie James Dio
Supergroup: Heavy Metal Artists > Dio, Quiet Riot, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Dokken, WASP, Blue Oyster Cult,etc.

05. Helping Haiti - Everybody Hurts

Year: 2010
Cause: 2010 Haiti Earthquake Relief
Organized by: Simon Cowell
Supergroup: World Artists > Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Kyle Minogue, Mariah Carey, Westlife, Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, etc.

06. Peace Choir - Give Peace a Chance

Year: 1991
Cause: Gulf War
Organized by: Yoko Ono
Supergroup: World Artists > Peter Gabriel, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty, Little Steven, Cyndi Lauper, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Little Richard, etc.

07. United Artists Against Apartheid - Sun City

Year: 1985
Cause: Apartheid
Organized by: Little Steven Van Zandt
Supergroup: World Artists > Little Steven, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Ringo Starr, Ruben Blades, U2, Keith Richards, Pat Benatar, The Ramones, etc.

08. Latin Artists Tribute - El Ultimo Adios

Year: 2001
Cause: 9/11 Relief - American Red Cross, American Way
Organized by: Gian Marco, Emilio Estefan
Supergroup: Latin Artists > Ricky Martin, Shakira, Thalia, Chayanne, Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, etc.

09. Voces Unidas por Chile - Gracias a la Vida

Year: 2010
Cause: 2010 Chile Earthquake Relief
Organized by: Beto Cuevas
Supergroup: Hispanoamerican Artists > Beto Cuevas, Fher, Miguel Bose, Juanes, Alejandro Sanz, Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, Laura Pausini.

10. Various Artists for Children's Promise - It's Only Rock'n'Roll

Year: 1999
Cause: Children's Promise / SOS Villages
Organized by: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Supergroup: World Artists > Keith Richards, Kid Rock, Ozzy Osbourne, Lionel Richie, The Cranberries, Bon Jovi, Crissy Hynde, Mick Jagger, etc.

11. Two Tone AllStars - Starvation

Year: 1985
Cause: Famine in Ethiopia
Organized by: Zarjazz Records
Supergroup: Two Tone Artists > UB40, The Pioneers, Madness, General Public, The Specials

12. Artists for Haiti - We Are the World 25 for Haiti

Year: 2010
Cause: 2010 Haiti Earthquake Relief
Organized by:Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Wyclef Jean
Supergroup: World Artists > Justin Bieber, Janet Jackson. Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Pink, Celine Dion, etc,

13. Ferry Aid - Let It Be

Year: 1987
Cause: Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster
Organized by: The Sun Newspaper
Supergroup: UK-US Artists > Paul McCartney, Boy George, Kate Bush, Kim Wilde, Mark Knopfler, etc.

14. The Crowd - You'll Never Walk Alone

Year: 1985
Cause: Bradford City Valley Parade Football Disaster
Organized by: Gerry Marsden
Supergroup: UK Artists > Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden, Rolf Harris, The Nolans, Smokie, Motorhead, etc.

15. Voces Unidas - Cantaré Cantarás

Year: 1985
Cause: Famine in Ethiopia
Organized by: Albert Hammond, Juan Carlos Calderón, David Foster
Supergroup: Hispanoamerican Artists > Julio Iglesias, Roberto Carlos, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Jose Feliciano, Emmanuel, Jose Jose, Menudo, etc.

16. Voices That Care - Voices That Care

Year: 1991
Cause: Operation Desert Storm
Organized by: David Foster
Supergroup: US Artists > Peter Cetera, Celine Dion, Garth Brooks, Michael Bolton, Randy Travis, Will Smith, Little Richard, etc.

17. Various Artists for Children in Need - Perfect Day

Year: 1997
Cause: BBC Children in Need
Organized by: BBC
Supergroup: World Artists > Lou Reed, Bono, Elton John, David Bowie, Tom Jones, Suzanne Vega, etc.

18. Stand Up to Cancer - Just Stand Up!

Year: 2008
Cause: Cancer Relief
Organized by: LA Reid & Babyface
Supergroup: Female Artists > Sheryl Crow, Rhianna, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Fergie, Mariah Carey, etc.

19. Hurricane Relief - Come Together Now

Year: 2005
Cause: Hurricane Katrina
Organized by: Sharon Stone, Mark Feist, Denise Rich
Supergroup: US Artists > Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys, Joss Stone, John Legend, Ruben Studdard, Wyclen Jean, etc.

20. Band Aid 20 - Do They Know It's Christmas?

Year: 2008
Cause: Darfur (Sudan) Relief
Organized by: Bob Gildof, Midge Ure
Supergroup: UK Artists > Bono, Dido, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, All Saints, etc.

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