Top of the World (The Carpenters song)
|"Top of the World"|
Cover to the single "Top of the World"
|Single by The Carpenters|
|from the album A Song for You|
|A-side||"Top of the World"|
|Released||September 17, 1973|
|Writer(s)||Richard Carpenter; John Bettis|
|The Carpenters singles chronology|
"Top of the World" is a 1972 song by The Carpenters. Originally recorded for and released on the duo's 1972 studio album A Song for You, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in late 1973, becoming the duo's second of three #1 singles, following (They Long to Be) Close to You and preceding Please Mr. Postman. Originally intended to be only an album cut for the Carpenters, country singer Lynn Anderson covered the song and was the first to release it as a single. Her version nearly topped the U.S. country singles chart, reaching #2. Karen Carpenter re-recorded the song for the band's first compilation as she was not quite satisfied with the original.
In Japan, the song was used as the opening theme song for the 1995 Japanese drama Miseinen. In 2003, it was used for another drama, this time as the ending theme song for Beginner. It appeared on the 2010 soundtrack of Shrek Forever After, as well as in a prominent scene of the 2012 film Dark Shadows, with a performance by the Carpenters seen on a television screen; its use in the latter film is slightly anachronistic as the movie is set in 1972, yet the song didn't become a hit until the fall of 1973.
- Karen Carpenter - lead and backing vocals
- Richard Carpenter - backing vocals, keyboards (Wurlitzer electric piano)
- Joe Osborn - bass guitar
- Hal Blaine - drums
- Buddy Emmons - pedal steel guitar
|Canadian RPM Singles||1|
|Dutch Mega Single Top 100||12|
|German Media Control Charts||38|
|Irish Singles Charts||3|
|Japanese Oricon Singles||21|
|UK Singles Chart||5|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
|US Billboard Easy Listening||2|
Lynn Anderson version
|"Top of the World"|
Lynn Anderson's 1973 Top of the World album.
|Single by Lynn Anderson|
|from the album Top of the World|
|A-side||"Top of the World"|
|Format||45 rpm record|
|Writer(s)||Richard Carpenter, John Bettis|
|Producer(s)||Glenn Sutton, Clive Davis|
|Lynn Anderson singles chronology|
Country music singer Lynn Anderson covered the song in 1973 for her studio album Top of the World. It was the first single released from her album and her version of the song became the first hit. Anderson's version reached #2 on the U.S. country singles chart and #74 on Billboard Hot 100 in mid-1973. The success of Anderson's version prompted the Carpenters to release a new version as a single, where it topped the U.S. pop singles chart for two weeks in December 1973.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||34|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||74|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||30|
Other cover versions
In 1973, Icelandic singer Þuríður Sigurðardóttir covered the song with the title "Undraheimur" on the album "Þuríður & Pálmi". Icelandic words by Jónas Friðrik.
In 1975, the French Canadian singer Claude Valade recorded Top of the World in French Au bout du monde, (Lyrics by Christine Charbonneau). The song was part of her album «Collection Country» released by London-Deram.
In 1990, Belgian singer Dana Winner covered the song as "Op het dak van de wereld".
Shonen Knife's cover appeared on the 1994 tribute album If I Were a Carpenter. It was the ending theme song to the 1995 film The Last Supper and appeared in the 1998 film The Parent Trap, as well as the 2000 film The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy.
The Québécois singer Bourbon Gautier recorded a Quebec French cover in 2006 titled "Au bout du monde" on the album Quand le Country dit bonjour... released by AMP Records, with lyrics by Christine Charbonneau.
In 2006, a bossa nova version of the song was performed by Naomi & Goro and appeared on their album titled [HOME].
A Cantonese Christian song by the name of "冰天的太陽" ("Season of Ice and Sun") was written using the melody of the song.
Rose Chung (舒雅頌) and Ervinna (愛慧娜) covered the song as "我的小情人" in 1974.
"You Were Always There" by Donna Fargo
|RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Lynn Anderson version)
August 18, 1973 (two weeks)
"Trip to Heaven" by Freddie Hart
"Photograph" by Ringo Starr
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 1, 1973 (two weeks)
"The Most Beautiful Girl" by Charlie Rich
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- Single - Carpenters, Top Of The World (in German). charts.de. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
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- Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter, Randy L. Schmidt, foreword by Dionne Warwick, 2010, page 122.
- Svensktoppen - 1974
- http://www.biographiesartistesquebecois.com/Artiste-V/Valade,%20Claude/claudevalade.htm, "Discography, Claude Valade, 1975, Collection Country, Au bout du monde",
- http://quebeccountry.retrojeunesse60.com/bourbongauthier.htm,"Discography, 2006, «Quand le Country dit bonjour», one song by Bourbom Gautier, Au bout du monde",