"Queen of the Night" is a song co-written and performed by American pop/R&B singer Whitney Houston. It was the fifth and final single released from her multi-platinum soundtrack The Bodyguard, and it is played during the closing credits of the film.
"Queen of the Night" is an uptempo pop rock/dance number, with Houston expressing how she "rules the club scene", proclaiming herself "queen of the night". It was not released as a single in America, but it received such substantial radio play that it rose to number 36 on the Hot 100 Airplay. However, because of Billboard magazine rules at the time (which have since been modified), a song with no commercial single available could not chart on the main Billboard Hot 100. The song reached number 1 on the BillboardHot Dance Club Play chart, becoming Houston's fifth number 1 dance single. It was released in several other countries, peaking at number 14 in the UK.
The music video for "Queen of the Night" is the full performance Houston gives in the motion picture The Bodyguard. In the film, the performance is interrupted by violence.
Chris Willman of the L.A. Times wrote a negative review: "The only obvious dud (on the album) is "Queen of the Night," a silly stab at hard-rock that's almost a dead ringer for En Vogue's "Free Your Mind," particularly where her vocals are multitracked." Also, Stehen Holden of NY Times wrote a similar review: "Only "Queen of the Night," a run-of-the-mill dance tune" which falls below the par. A positive review came from Allmusic: "Queen of the Night" is first-rate urban pop song that skillfully captures Houston at her best. Popdose compared its production to Janet Jackson's "Black Cat." CD Universe review is also positive: "Elsewhere Houston continues to mine her rich vein of ornate balladry and pop-flavored dance workouts, on her own "Queen Of The Night," with its percolating upbeat production a la L.A. Reid & Babyface." USA Today editor Larry A. called this song a surprise and "rocking" tune.