Can you find the one pop star who did NOT sing on ''We Are the World''?

35 years ago, USA for Africa brought together huge music stars. Most of them.

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Thirty-five years ago, the pop world came together for the benefit of African famine relief. A supergroup of music stars dubbed itself USA for Africa and recorded "We Are the World." Quincy Jones produced the record, which went on to sell more than 20 million copies.

"We Are the World" was a true phenomenon of 1985, and its video became a touchstone of Eighties pop culture.

It seemed as if every famous pop singer was on the song. Not so. Somehow, not a single surviving Beatle performed. 

Below, you will find 20 singers who had a line in the verses or chorus — and ONE singer who was NOT involved. Try to find the pop star was NOT on "We Are the World."

  1. Find the ONE singer below who did not have a part in "We Are the World."

Can you find the one pop star who did NOT sing on ''We Are the World''?

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Keefrif72 1 month ago
👍. On YouTube you can watch footage of B.Dylan singing/doing take after take of his part. He must have wanted to do it w/not too many people around. Q. Jones has lots of patience with him. Don't know if it's still on Y.T. I'm a Dylan fan too. Sorry for such a long post. I'm new at this
RichyFollis 1 month ago
watch the clip,,tell me bob dylan is singing!
msglenn 1 month ago
got it on first try. Steve Perry would have surely had to have a solo part if he had been in it.
MaryAnn msglenn 1 month ago
Correct answer was Elton John. These ‘choose from the list’ quizzes are tricky as any answer you plug in comes up green for a second, then auto scrolls down to whether or not you guessed correctly. Fooled me a couple of times at first!
Runeshaper 1 month ago
WOW! Ok, that took like 8 guesses LOL Was kind of surprised.
Lillyrose 1 month ago
I guessed the right answer on the 13th try -- Elton John. I was a teenager in the 80's, and I remember We Are the World, but I don't remember it very well.
I guess the Beatles didn't perform on We Are the Wold. I wonder if The Monkees or The Beach Boys performed on We Are the World.
harlow1313 1 month ago
Neither Tom Waits nor Lou Reed made vocal contributions. I kinda wish they had...
Catman 1 month ago
So I went through it and FINALLY got the right one. I think I guessed everyone there. I remember the video, but I wasn't taking notes.
DavidBartholomew 1 month ago
The only non-musician in the room was Gary Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury. His character, Jimmy Thudpucker, sang the word "The" in the week long tribute to the recording.
DavidBartholomew 1 month ago
Easy answer, if you were alive then! "We are the world" was the American response to the British "Feed the World". So, American singers vs British singers...
walligans 1 month ago
You guessed the correct answer!
Yup, I'm old..
KellyShort 1 month ago
You guessed Michael Jackson

EZ I hate his pop music
Joe 1 month ago
EASY! There weren't any British singers, because they were most likely involved with the "We Are The World" inspiration, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
UnicornPrincess 1 month ago
Got it on the first try! Love that song (the original, of course!)!
AllisonWunderland 1 month ago
Guessed it on the first try! "Rocket Man" wasn't involved 😎😂
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