When it appeared in 1985, USA for Africa's "We Are the World" was viewed as '80s pop stars finally gaining a social conscience. Although it eventually became so overplayed that many radio stations never spun it anymore as the decade closed, "We Are the World" was produced with the best of intentions. A year earlier a group of British chart toppers and new wave icons -- such as George Michael, Boy George, Bono, Midge Ure, and Bananarama -- collaborated as Band Aid and recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to help end world hunger. The single sold more than three million copies in the U.K. Singer Harry Belafonte developed the idea of creating an American version of Band Aid called USA for Africa, one that would help the starving people in Ethiopia. Belafonte then phoned three of his pals -- Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, and producer Quincy Jones -- told them his idea. Richie and Jackson wrote "We Are the World" in two hours.