"Looking Out for Number One" is a single by American singer Laura Branigan. It was to have been the second single from her scheduled debut album, which is commonly referred to as Silver Dreams. The album was canceled due to a contract lawsuit with her management and to this day remains unreleased officially. However a selection of the tracks, including this single, were later included on a re-release of the Branigan album.
The song was released as a promotional single issued to radio stations as an edited 45RPM EP (w/ Stereo & Mono sides) and to clubs as an extended 12-inch 32RPM Record. Both releases of the song are the Midnight mix by Richie Rivera, which uses the same vocal take as the album version but a significantly different and extended version of the background arrangement. The song became a minor club hit in the United States, reaching number 60 on the Club Play Singles chart.
On some versions of the single "Love Me Tonight", another song from the unreleased album, was on the B-side. It is unconfirmed whether the version of "Looking Out for Number One" found on this release of the single, which is extremely difficult to find as opposed to the other two releases, is the album or Midnight mix version of the song. "Looking Out for Number One" and its B-side are two out of four songs from the Silver Dreams album, which had a track listing of nine, to have been officially released by Atlantic Records. The two others are "Fool's Affair", which was recorded and released at the same time by Melissa Manchester in 1980, and a song written by Branigan called "When" which appeared as the B-side to "I Found Someone" in 1985.
Since the mid-90s, unauthorized MP3 format copies of the 12" version have been widely circulated online. The unauthorized MP3 version is not an additional remix or a variant of the song, despite its shorter track length of 5:25. The seven seconds of missing audio are from the very end of the song where it fades out and are nearly inaudible when listening to the actual vinyl record.
Both the 7" and 12" versions of the Midnight mix were later included as bonus tracks on the expanded edition of Branigan, released by Gold Legion in 2014. This is the first time any version of the song has been officially released on an album.