Smooth's 5 Favourite Charity Songs

In the build-up to Make Some Noise, here are some of Smooth’s favourite charitable records.

Band Aid

In the build-up to Global's Make Some Noise, here are some of Smooth's favourite charitable records.

1. Candle in the Wind - Elton John

Released in 1997, following the death of Princess Diana, proceeds from the song went to the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund - an independent foundation that was set up to continue Diana’s humanitarian work in the UK and overseas. The Fund closed at the end of 2012.

2. Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid


Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984, this song raised a huge amount of money for relief of the 1983-85 famine in Ethiopia. It’s gone on to be one of the most successful charitable songs EVER.

3. Perfect Day - Various Artists

Released in 1997 for Children In Need, this well-known video features a mix of artists including Lou Reed (who wrote the song), Tom Jones and Heather Small.

4. Heroes - David Bowie

The 2010 X Factor finalists did a version for the charity Help For Heroes. This is the original by Bowie .

5. That’s What Friends Are For - Various Artists 

Warwick was joined by the likes of Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder . Or this 1985 cover. Recorded on behalf of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), this song raised over $3 million. 

What's your favourite charitable song? Let us know via the comment box below.  

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