Smooth's 5 Favourite Charity Songs

8 October 2014, 13:18 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29

Band Aid

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

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. 

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