YMMV / We Are the World

  • Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming: Its premise.
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome: For the sheer number of musicians and well known artists. In both versions.
  • Dead Horse Genre: As noted by internet reviewer Todd in the Shadows, the "charity single" genre has been parodied to death, which makes the selection of celebrities for the updated version (particularly Josh Groban, who has appeared in parodies of the format) rather amusing.
  • Ear Worm: Try listening to this and not go away humming.
  • Follow the Leader: While "Do They Know It's Christmas?" preceded it, this was the song that popularized the Charity Motivation Song genre in the U.S., although the former is still the better-known song in the UK. Songs that came in its immediate wake included:
    • "Stars", performed by Hear 'n Aid, a group of Heavy Metal performers organized by Ronnie James Dio. This was also for African famine relief.
    • “Tears Are Not Enough” by Northern Lights, Canada’s answer to USA for Africa, a veritable who’s-who of Canadian artists of the time. Names include Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Bryan Adams, Neil Young, Mike Reno, and Geddy Lee.
    • "That's What Friends Are For", performed by Dionne Warwick and Friends (Elton John, Stevie Wonder, etc.), a cover of a song from Night Shift that served as one of the first charity projects addressing the AIDS epidemic.
    • "Hands Across America" was the theme song of a USA for Africa follow-up project that focused on helping the homeless in the United States.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Saturday Night Live mocked the involvement of Vince Vaughn and Jeff Bridges in the 2010 version, but they were just following in the footsteps of Dan Aykroyd's incongruous participation in the original. note 
  • Tearjerker: The money was raised and food was shipped to Ethiopia. Success, right? Unfortunately, Ethiopia was going through a civil war at the time and sold much of the food to other countries and then used the proceeds to buy weapons.