"The Rhythm of the Night" is the debut single by Italian Eurodance group Corona. It was released in 1993 in Italy, then elsewhere the following year. The song is the title track of their 1995 debut studio album, The Rhythm of the Night. It was written by Francesco Bontempi, Annerley Emma Gordon, Giorgio Spagna, Pete Glenister and Mike Gaffey, and produced by Bontempi. The vocals for this song were performed by Italian singer Giovanna Bersola, who is not credited on the single and does not appear in the music video. The woman who appears in the video is Brazilian-born singer Olga Souza. The song was a worldwide hit in 1994, peaking at number-one in Italy, and within the top five in most of Europe, while in the US, it fell short of the top ten, reaching number eleven on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cash Box Top 100.
"The Rhythm of the Night" achieved huge success worldwide. It reached number-one in Italy and stayed there for eight consecutive weeks. In Europe the single entered the Eurochart Hot 100 on 12 February at number 63, and made a slow climb up to peak at five on 17 September. In the end of 1994 it was the longest-charting single on the Eurochart Hot 100. It peaked within the top ten in several countries, including Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland (number two), Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (number two). In the United States, it reached number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100.
"The Rhythm of the Night" entered the European Border Breakers airplay chart at 21 on 9 April due to crossover airplay in West, Central, North and South-West Europe (also after topping the Italian charts for 8 weeks). It peaked at number four on 5 November. In the US, the song was a top ten hit on radio as well, peaking at number nine in the Mainstream Top 40 chart and at number seven in the Rhythmic Top 40 chart.
The song was even a bigger hit on dance charts. It peaked at number two on the Canadian Dance/Urban chart, number three on the UK Dance Chart, and number seven on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States.