The Haitian earthquake update of the charity single "We Are the World" has been met with mixed reviews, at best.

Since we weren't huge fans of the song even when Ray Charles and Bob Dylan were singing it, you can imagine what we think of the Miley Cyrus / Lil Wayne version.

We do, however, continue to have great appreciation for the video that accompanied the 1985 effort. What a parade of stars it was, some of whom made questionable hair and outfit choices.

Of course, "We Are the World" wasn't the only epic (and epically cheesy), celebrity supergroup single of the era. Read on to view all the fist-pumping, headphone-wearing goodness that changed the way we pay tribute to the less fortunate.
What's the Most Fantastically Ridiculous, Charity Single Ever?
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid145 (31.7%)
"Voices That Care" by Voices That Care14 (3.1%)
"Sun City" by Artists United Against Apartheid23 (5.0%)
"We Are The World" by USA for Africa109 (23.8%)
"We Are the World: 25 for Haiti"167 (36.5%)


"Do They Know It's Christmas," Band Aid (1984)
Since Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof ushered in the era of the supergroup charity single with this effort, he was able to claim the pun-tastic name Band Aid.

Notable Performers:
Boy George, George Michael, Duran Duran, Sting, Paul Young, Phil Collins, David Bowie and Paul McCartney

Most memorably cheesy moment: Bono wasn't all that famous yet when he belted out the epic line, "Tonight, thank God it's them, instead of you." Still, in doing so, the young frontman clearly displayed the earnest bombast that has made him a cultural force (and a friend of Africa) ever since.

Is the song any good? It does everything for the Christmas bell that "Don't Fear the Reaper" did for the cow bell.


"Voices That Care" (1991)

Lead by the powerful vocals of Michael Bolton, a diverse group of famous folk sent a heartfelt message of support to our troops in Desert Storm, while raising money for the Red Cross. The video offers stark and disturbing evidence of the celebrity shortage our nation suffered during the early '90s.

Notable Performers: Peter Cetera, Harry Hamlin, Little Richard, Fred Savage, Chevy Chase, Bobby Brown, Will Smith, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Orel Hershiser.

Most memorably cheesy moment:
Any time the cameras focus on the two-headed blond "rock" monster once known as Nelson.

Is the song any good? God, no.


"Sun City," Artists United Against Apartheid (1985)
Steven Van Zandt, of E-Street Band and "Sopranos" fame, wrote this song to protest musicians who performed at Sun City, a resort in Apartheid-era South Africa. While the video doesn't include the traditional chorus of stars, it does feature such awesomeness as Joey Ramone emerging from a shanty as the disembodied head of Daryl Hall speeds by.

Notable performers:
George Clinton, Pat Benatar, Lou Reed, Run DMC, Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, Bono, Bruce Springsteen and Miles Davis.

Most memorably cheesy moment: Springsteen, in a leather jacket, offering an enthusiastic high-five to a black friend at the 2:22 mark.

Is the song any good? Quite good, actually.


"We Are the World," USA for Africa (1985)
It remains one of the best-selling singles of all time. We've posted a version of the video that includes the lyrics, so there will be no doubt as to how utterly inane they are.

Notable performers: Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers' beard.

Most memorably cheesy moment:
Many, but it's safe to say Bruce Springsteen really goes all out during these occasions.

Is the song any good?
Catchy, but ultimately unsatisfying.