Top of the World (Brandy song)

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"Top of the World"
Single by Brandy featuring Mase
from the album Never Say Never
Released July 3, 1998 (U.S. airplay)
November 6, 1998 (CD single)
Format CD single, maxi, cassette, "12
Recorded 1998
Length 4:41
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Mason Betha, LaShawn Daniels, Traci Hale, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney Jerkins, Isaac Phillips, Nycolia Turman
Producer(s) Rodney Jerkins
Brandy singles chronology
"The Boy Is Mine"
"Top of the World"
"Have You Ever?"
Mase singles chronology
"Lookin' at Me"
"Top of the World"
"Get Ready"

"Top of the World" is a song by American singer Brandy Norwood, from her second studio album, Never Say Never (1998). The song was written by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, Mase, LaShawn Daniels, Traci Hale, Isaac Phillips, and Nycolia Turman, with Darkchild producing the song and Mase having featured vocals. Released as the album's second international single in 1998, the track peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and reached the top 20 in Ireland and New Zealand.

Chart performance[edit]

"Top of the World" topped the U.K. R&B Chart for six weeks and hit #2 on the UK national chart. The song became the second consecutive European success for Brandy and peaked at number ten on the European Singles Chart. "Top of The World" also charted at number eleven on the New Zealand Singles Chart and 21 on the Canadian Singles Chart. In the U.S. it was a modest hit while peaking #44 on the Hot 100 Airplay, #19 on the R&B charts and #10 on the Rhythmic Chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Paul Hunter in June 1998, featured Brandy floating in the air; flipping and somersaulting above various objects such as telephone poles and vehicles - as passersby stopped to stare; and balancing vertically and horizontally alongside skyscrapers and other buildings.


A remix version with Latin rappers Fat Joe and Big Pun appeared on Pun's 2001 compilation album Endangered Species. The Darkchild-produced song was previously released on the remix EP U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To) - The Remix EP (1999). The remix sampled Ahmad's single "Back in the Day."

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Top of the World."[1]

U.S. part II CD single
  1. "Top of the World Part II" (club mix; featuring Fat Joe & Big Pun) – 5:15
  2. "Top of the World Part II" (instrumental) – 5:15
  3. "Top of the World Part II" (radio version; featuring Fat Joe & Big Pun) – 4:07
  4. "Top of the World Part II" (a cappella; featuring Fat Joe & Big Pun) – 5:05
UK part I CD single
  1. "Top of the World" (edit; featuring Mase) – 4:11
  2. "Top of the World" (no rap edit) – 3:22
  3. "Top of the World" (instrumental) – 4:41
Remixes CD single
  1. "Top of the World" (part II club mix; featuring Fat Joe & Big Pun) – 5:15
  2. "Top of the World" (album version; featuring Mase) – 4:40
  3. "Top of the World" (part II club mix instrumental) – 5:16
  4. "Top of the World" (a cappella; featuring Mase) – 4:27
  5. "Top of the World" (Boogiesoul Club remix; featuring Mase) – 6:45
  6. "Top of the World" (Boogiesoul Club instrumental) – 6:25
  7. "Top of the World" (part II a cappella; featuring Fat Joe & Big Pun) – 5:05


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 39
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[3] 21
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 52
France (SNEP)[5] 39
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 42
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 52
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 2
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[12] 44
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[13] 19
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[14] 10

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill
UK R&B Chart number one single
September 10, 1998
Succeeded by
"The First Night" by Monica
Preceded by
"Feel It" by The Tamperer featuring Maya
Canadian RPM Dance number-one single
September 28, 1998 - October 5, 1998 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"God Is a DJ" by Faithless


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