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 1984 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, where it peaked at No. 7 and spent 13 weeks in the Top 40. 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 adult contemporary chart in the United States, where it spent one week at No. 1. Both singers resumed their respective roles within their bands following this one-off recording.