The first track on Tina Turner's very successful comeback album Private Dancer
, it was the only song on the album written specifically for Turner. Rupert Hine
, who was producing the Fixx album Phantoms
, took a week off to produce the song "Better Be Good To Me
," and in that time also wrote and produced "I Might Have Been Queen." Rupert brought in Jamie West-Oram of the Fixx to play guitar on both tracks, and he earned a songwriter credit on "Queen" for his contributions. Cy Curnin
, who was lead singer of The Fixx, contributed backing vocals. Hine played all the other instruments.
Jeannette Obstoj, who co-wrote The Fixx song "Secret Separation" and Turner's "Break Every Rule
," worked on the lyrics to this song and is also credited as a co-writer.