"We Are the World" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Classic song is remade to help Haiti's earthquake victims.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages

Though the song talks about God, people of any faith can appreciate the song's overarching messages of selflessness and supporting the greater good.

Positive role models & representations

Some of the artists have led cleaner lives than others; however, all of them prove to be good role models in this case by contributing their time and effort toward others in need.  

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while "WE ARE THE WORLD" contains no graphic language or other adult content, the song mentions "people dying" and makes references to God. Still, the tune’s general emphasis on helping the less fortunate is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

User Reviews

Adult Written bygranny grandy g... March 1, 2010
I think it is as good as the first one I want it
Parent Written byPlague March 4, 2010

We Are the World 2010

A great remake of the classic 1985 version for Africa.
Teen, 17 years old Written byevolinag August 28, 2013

Enormous charity song brings artists together.

When "We are the World" was recorded in the 1980s, some of the world's most famous musicians came together in order to perform one enormous song... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySongRatingDisputer March 29, 2012

Some Of the "We Are The World" Singers Seem to Mock the Original Song

First of all, I respect the purpose of the song and like the original it has a good heart. The problem is that some of the artists did not take this song seriou... Continue reading

What's the story?

Twenty-five years after it was first released to help starving African nations, the single "We Are the World" has had a resurgence -- this time, to support victims of the Haitian earthquake. The roster of artists who perform the song, which was originally written by Michael Jackson, includes more than 80 names that are all over the stylistic map: Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Pink, Nick Jonas, Barbara Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Usher, Lil Wayne, and dozens more. Premiered during the opening ceremonies of the 2009 Winter Olympics, the song's video features footage of the epic recording session. Both the video and the track itself are available for purchase, with all proceeds going directly to help Haiti's citizens.

Is it any good?

Recruiting artists from so many different musical backgrounds gives "We Are the World" as broad an appeal as possible, if not one consistent sound. Uber-popular newcomers like Bieber, Pink, and Cyrus lend a young tone, while Streisand, Bennett, and opera powerhouse Josh Groban will appeal to older crowds. Highlights include the portions of Michael Jackson's performance on the original song that are spliced into the new rendition, as well as the new rap verses that have been added and performed collectively by West, Kid Cudi, will.i.am, and other big-name rap artists.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a person put aside her or his own priorities in order to help others. What other things might these artists have been doing when they were asked to perform on "We Are the World"?

  • Even from so far away, what can people in the United States do to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake?

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