Mike Reno & Ann Wilson - Almost Paradise (1984)
- 80's score: 1.25
- Genre(s): Soft rock
"Almost Paradise... Love Theme from Footloose" is the title of a duet by singers Mike Reno of Loverboy and Ann Wilson of ...
"Almost Paradise... Love Theme from Footloose" is the title of a duet by singers Mike Reno of Loverboy and Ann Wilson of Heart. It is one of two major hits with music by singer Eric Carmen and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, the other being Carmen's song "Make Me Lose Control".
Reno is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Loverboy, while Wilson is the lead singer of the rock band Heart. Both bands achieved a significant amount of success in the 1980s, and Reno and Wilson were approached to record a duet for the film Footloose.
Officially listed as the "Love Theme from Footloose" on the film's soundtrack, "Almost Paradise" was one of three top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart found on the soundtrack; it peaked at No. 7 and spent 13 weeks in the top 40. An alternate version of the song with a slightly different musical arrangement, which has never been released, is used in the film. The other hits from this soundtrack include "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins and "Let's Hear It for the Boy" by Deniece Williams, both of which went to No. 1 on the pop chart. "Almost Paradise" was also a hit on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in the United States, where it spent one week at No. 1. The use of "Almost Paradise" on the daytime soap opera All My Children was a significant factor in the song's success. "Almost Paradise" was also used on the daytime serials Guiding Light and Santa Barbara. Both singers resumed their respective roles within their bands following this one-off recording.