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The Best “All Star” Singles Ever!
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post Apr 27 2020, 09:38 AM
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Over the past few decades we have seen many famous names in the music industry unitedly coming together to support a worthy cause. Often times it is as a direct result of a natural disaster, or because of a national tragedy, but sometimes it is to celebrate what the music industry has accomplished, to build anticipation for a major sporting event or to raise awareness for a worldwide issue that needs charitable funding. In all cases, the end result is often a timeless record of music’s finest and diverse artists all coming together in a joint endeavour and producing a song of hope and promise.

I wanted to make a thread to celebrate all the many incredible records we have been given by an “all star” cast of musicians and other celebrities from the past few decades. I’ve included mostly songs that charted somewhere in the official UK charts, but a few may not have charted in the UK.

This is by no means a complete list, but as you will see it is pretty comprehensive, and I’ve asked others to help with collating as many different “all star” singles that could be thought of from the past 35 years. If you can think of others not included here which you think constitutes an “all star” record, please post it here (I’ve purposely avoided including the few years we had a song from The X Factor Finalists with featured artists). Sadly if you look for these songs on streaming platforms you won’t find many of them, but YouTube is still able to allow us to rediscover the again.

So here are 40 of the most star-studded “all star” casts we have ever seen (soon I hope to add additional information for each song including musical credits, chart peaks and more);

Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (1984)

Musical Credits: Bananarama, Big Country, Culture Club, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Genesis, George Michael, Heaven 17, Jody Watley, Kool & The Gang, Marilyn, Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Paul Young, Spandau Ballet, Status Quo, Sting, The Boomtown Rats, U2, Ultravox
Charity/Cause: Famine Relief for Ethiopia
UK Chart Peak: #1
Sales: 4,661,000


U.S.A. For Africa – We Are The World (1985)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Northern Lights – Tears Are Not Enough (1985)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Artists United Against Apartheid – Sun City (1985)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Hear N’ Aid – Stars (1986)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Disco Aid – Give, Give, Give (1986)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Ferry Aid – Let It Be (1987)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman – Ferry 'Cross The Mersey (1989)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Rock Aid Armenia – Smoke On The Water (1989)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Band Aid II – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (1989)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Voices That Care – Voices That Care (1991)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Childliners – The Gift Of Christmas (1995)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Various Artists – Perfect Day (1997)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


England United – (How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World? (1998)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Bravo All Stars – Let The Music Heal Your Soul (1998)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Steps, Tina Cousins, Cleopatra, B*Witched & Billie Piper – Thank ABBA For The Music (1999)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Various Artists – It’s Only Rock & Roll (1999)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Artists Against AIDS Worldwide – What’s Going On? (2001)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2004)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Hope Collective – Give And Let Live (2005)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Various Artists – Tears In Heaven (2005)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Velvet Revolver feat. Stevie Wonder & Various Artists – Across The Universe (2005)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Various Artists – Come Together Now (2005)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Artists Stand Up To Cancer – Just Stand Up (2008)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Young Soul Rebels – I Got Soul (2009)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Peter Kay’s Animated All Star Band – The Official BBC Children In Need Medley (2009)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Artists For Haiti – We Are The World 25 (2010)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Helping Haiti – Everybody Hurts (2010)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


The Collective – Teardrop (2011)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


The Justice Collective – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (2013)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Various Artists – God Only Knows (2014)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir – Wake Me Up (2014)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Band Aid 30 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Various Artists – Imagine (UNICEF World Edition) (2015)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Various Artists – Hands (2016)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Black Eyed Peas feat. The World – #WheresTheLove (2016)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Artists For Grenfell – Bridge Over Troubled Water (2017)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


United Voices Against Domestic Violence – You’re The Voice (2017)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Homeless Worldwide And Friends – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (2019)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC


Live Lounge Allstars – Times Like These (2020)

Musical Credits: TBC
Charity/Cause: TBC
UK Chart Peak: TBC
Sales: TBC



Which songs do you have fondest memories of, and which were there ones you purchased on cassette, CD or downloaded at the time if their release?

Also, for those with time on their hands, a question to consider is who could possibly be the most featured artist to appear on the most “all star” singles of all time? My own guess would be Paul McCartney, but I genuinely don’t know.

If any songs are missing and you want them added to the poll, please PM one of the chart moderators who can do so.
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post Apr 27 2020, 09:39 AM
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post Apr 27 2020, 09:48 AM
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Artists Against AIDS Worldwide – What’s Going On? (2001)
Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2004)
Various Artists – Hands (2016)
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post Apr 27 2020, 09:49 AM
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Wow I don't even know/remember so many of those, especially the early ones (Northern Lights? Hear N' Aid?) I might have to re-familiarise myself with a few of them before voting. I'd be surprised if Band Aid doesn't win though!
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post Apr 27 2020, 09:52 AM
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Where is Gal Gadot's Imagine cover that practically defeated Covid19? laugh.gif

This post has been edited by diva thin muffin: Apr 27 2020, 09:53 AM
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post Apr 27 2020, 10:08 AM
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Smash Mouth >
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post Apr 27 2020, 10:48 AM
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I voted for:

Band Aid
Band Aid 20
Artists Stand Up To Cancer
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The Childliners - Gift Of Christmas heart.gif
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post Apr 27 2020, 11:20 AM
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Band Aid & Just Stand Up.

The latter was such a moment! All those queens on the same stage together. RiRi and Miley laugh.gif Nicole thinking "wtf" about Natasha's vocals. laugh.gif
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I just voted original Band Aid & the 2014 God Only Knows.
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The original Band Aid and U.S.A. For Africa, i love the U.S.A. For Africa song.
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I was not aware Bravo All Stars charted in UK ohmy.gif
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Perfect Day is my absolute fave here.

I remember reading somewhere recently that it will probably never be on streaming as they require consent from every single artist/record label involved laugh.gif
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QUOTE(lewistgreen @ Apr 27 2020, 07:04 PM) *
Perfect Day is my absolute fave here.

I remember reading somewhere recently that it will probably never be on streaming as they require consent from every single artist/record label involved laugh.gif

Unless you stream Now 39 from the NowMusic app. wink.gif
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QUOTE(Addy! @ Apr 27 2020, 06:59 PM) *
I was not aware Bravo All Stars charted in UK ohmy.gif


Not all of these songs did chart (although that one did scrape in at #36).

I don't think this list of songs is making a great case for the musical merit of songs like this... kink.gif the original Band Aid and 'We Are The World' are both serviceable songs but nearly every variation on the formula since then has been a case of being for a good cause but not exactly songs you'd ever want to listen to. I did vote for a few others ('Perfect Day', Band Aids 20 and 30, the Children In Need medley which is probably my favourite besides Band Aid, and a couple of the other recent ones that are pretty naff but I have a small soft spot for / thought they were a little more substantial than the usual covers (Young Soul Rebels, The Collective and Artists For Grenfell)) but I'd still pretty happily never hear any of these songs bar Band Aid again laugh.gif
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PKAA anything that combines scooby dog with Bob the builder is a win in my book plus bonus points for not actually being singers and still be decent
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Band Aid, 'I Got Soul' and 'Just Stand Up' are the only good ones - of course the latter two didn't do well at all :')
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thank abba for the music
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post Apr 27 2020, 09:51 PM
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Original Band Aid, Band Aid 20, 'Just Stand Up', Justice Collective (I have a huge soft spot for this one!) & Artists for Orlando - Hands wub.gif The latter is EXTREMELY under appreciated and actually a great song! Britney sounds amaze on it wub.gif

Out of these 5 I would rank them as:

'Just Stand Up'
'Hands'
Band Aid 20
Band Aid
Justice Collective
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QUOTE(Scene @ Apr 27 2020, 12:20 PM) *
Band Aid & Just Stand Up.

The latter was such a moment! All those queens on the same stage together. RiRi and Miley laugh.gif Nicole thinking "wtf" about Natasha's vocals. laugh.gif
Legit, one of my all time favourite performances because of that moment. Fergie getting the biggest reaction though *_*

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EDIT: Seeing these results, I'm very surprised to see both myself and Nick being the only ones to give Artists for Orlando - Hands, a vote. sad.gif
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