"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.
"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.
This song was covered by American Idol contestant Haley Scarnato in 2006. This song was covered during Australian singer Delta Goodrem's Believe Again Tour at various locations throughout Australia in 2009. The 2009X Factor contestants also performed this song on Sunday, October 18, 2009 as a group performance. Contestant Stacey Solomon, who came third, performed this song on The X Factor Live Tour 2010. The independent, web-based, electronic/dubstep artist known as Futret released a remix/crossover-cover of the song in early February 2012. The song is also mentioned in the show Bob's Burgers, the episode O.T.: The Outside Toilet in which the character Gene talks to an expensive talking toilet, who can answer any of your questions. Gene asks "Who is the queen of the night?" and the toilet responds saying "Whitney Houston".