I'm still processing this result. Honestly, I expected USA for Africa to win by a landslide. But I'm (very, very) pleased to announce that IT DIDN'T HAPPEN:
Band Aid: 10
USA for Africa: 9
And my vote won't make this a tie... I've always loved the Band Aid version beyond all reason. We Are The World, as cool as it was in its moment, didn't stand the test of time for me. Whereas Do They Know It's Christmas makes me tear up every time I hear it.
(And the fact that I actually enjoy tearing up with music makes me... a masochist, I suppose.)
Thus, final result including my vote: Band Aid 11, USA for Africa 9.
I loved hearing everyone's take on these songs. Stephen's (and Robin's) comment on how the USA version has more individual participation, and seems generally better distributed, is spot-on. Or, like Hilary said, that the UK started this whole thing for being first. (Bob Geldof is a great human.)
Thanks for coming by to vote and to share your thoughts and your memories on this slightly off-kilter battle :) Thanks, also, for the extraordinary welcome you've given me here in the Battle community. I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas, and I'm looking forward to many more spectacular music face-offs in 2016.
Speaking of 80s flashbacks... For some reason this song is huge here in Curaçao — I imagine via Holland. I'd never even heard it before coming here. So... Merry Christmas, with love from Curaçao :)
If you're not a fan, you'll love this one :D