The song was written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed. “The Greatest Love Of All” was originally recorded in 1977 by American singer George Benson as the main theme for the 1977 film “The Greatest”, a biopic of the boxer Muhammad Ali. The single peaked at number two on the US Hot Soul Singles chart. In 1985 the song (with the slightly amended title “Greatest Love of All” was covered by American singer and actress Whitney Houston. Her version topped the singles charts in the United States, Australia, and Canada. In the UK, it peaked at #8. “Greatest Love Of All” remains her third biggest US hit, after “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
“Greatest Love Of All” was recorded in December 1984 for her 1985 self-titled debut studio album. The single was released on March 18, 1986 with “Thinking About You” on the B-side.
The music video was filmed at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, NYC. The video features Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston playing herself, supporting a young Whitney. The song won the American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Video Single. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and a Soul Train Music Award for Single of the Year.