Almost Paradise

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"Almost Paradise... Love Theme from Footloose"
Single by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
from the album Footloose
B-side "Strike Zone" (by Loverboy)
Released 1984
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Recorded 1983
Genre Rock
Length 3:46
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Eric Carmen, Dean Pitchford
Producer(s) Keith Olsen

"Almost Paradise... Love Theme from Footloose" is the title of a duet by singers Mike Reno and Ann Wilson, written by pop music singer-songwriter Eric Carmen and co-written by Dean Pitchford.

Reno is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Loverboy, while Wilson and her sister Nancy are the vocalists for the band Heart. Both bands achieved a significant amount of success in the 1980s, and Reno and Ann Wilson were approached to record a duet for the film Footloose (1984). 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.[1] 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.[2] "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.[3] Both singers resumed their respective roles within their bands following this one-off recording.

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In popular culture[edit]

  • In Orange Is the New Black season 2, episode 4 ("A Whole Other Hole", air date June 6, 2014), hearing the song on the radio inspires Morello to take a drastic action; the song also plays over the episode's closing credits.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of No. 1 Hits, 5th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ "Footloose (Music from the Motion Picture) by Various Artists". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Buss, Hillary (June 6, 2014). "Orange Is the New Black recap: Stalk This Way (Turns out there's more to Lorna Morello than lipstick and wedding magazines)". Entertainment Weekly. 

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