I just found my 'Best of Branigan' CD! (What song should I play first?)

I have this nasty habit of listening to CDs and not putting them back in their cases. So for me to pick up a pile of discs and find The Best of Branigan (the late Laura, that is), among them, is as pleasant a surprise as finding a $20 bill in a jacket you haven’t worn in awhile. I don’t know which song to play first. What would you choose?

"The Power of Love"

"How am I Supposed to Live Without You?"

(More choices after the jump.)


"Self Control"

"The Lucky One"


P.S. I couldn’t find a video of "Over You" to embed, but it’s also in the running. And though they’re not on my disc, here are links to Laura singing "Forever Young," "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina," and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" anyway.

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  • Tom

    Spanish Eddie! R.I.P. Laura. We miss you.

  • Bobbi

    This is one of my all time favorite cds and I play it constantly. So, I think you start at the beginning, relax and let the power and richness of Laura’s voice just flow over you. What a loss it was when she died!

  • Sallyinchicago

    How am I …. is one of the great pop songs.

  • Winona

    Gotta pick “Solitaire” followed by “Self Control”. “Gloria”, while a great song, is just a little overplayed. Laura Branigan – wish she were still around. Great voice!

  • shonuff

    gloria, easily.
    one of the greatest songs of the 80s.

  • Salome

    You’re kidding right? None! Listen to none and burn it. And go back in time to give the girl some Cepacol spray for that scratchy throat.

  • heidiho

    “Sanctuary” is my all-time fave LB song, though I don’t know if it’s on the best of disc…

  • paige


  • kats

    “Self-Control” then “Solitaire”. Easy.

  • Ryan

    Self Control

  • Todd

    I think Gloria JUST edges out Self Control for me, but it is a close one.
    They both are my two faves though.

  • Nancy

    She had enough songs to fill a “best of” CD? Who knew? I’d have to say “Gloria,” but that’s the only Laura Branigan song I know.

  • peaches

    What no Spanish Eddie?!? Just kidding, kind of. I say Self Control then Solitaire. Damn! Now I want to find my Best of Branigan cd!!

  • Kate

    GLORIA! Hands down her best song. Actually saw her at a music festival in the mid-80’s and she was excellent. RIP Laura. You are missed.

  • strickens_girl

    She is my husband’s favorite singer ever. He has all her songs on his iPod. I’d go with Self Control first, personally.

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