Michael Jackson Wrote "We Are the World" with Lionel Richie

Michael Jackson

"We Are The World" is a seven-minute ballad that was written by both Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. However, what makes this piece so powerful is not only its lyrics but also the voices that were used in its performance. 
In 1985, Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson set out to create a song to be recorded for the benefit of providing relief to the famine in Africa. The song generated over $50 million in donations, according to Britannica. Later on, "We Are The World" won a Grammy for song of the year.

This recording was performed by vocalists and musicians including Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Paul Simon, Huey Lewis, and many more. Throughout the song, Jackson and Richie make appearances as supporting voices to the grand mass of talents.

Other singers in the cast, such as Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, were displayed performing the song into separate microphones. According to History.com, the song was a major hit that made its way into stores and on radio stations after just five weeks of its televised release.