Top of the World (The Carpenters song)

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"Top of the World"
Top of the World (The Carpenters song) coverart.jpg
Artwork for U.S. vinyl single
Single by The Carpenters
from the album A Song for You
B-side "Heather"
Released September 19, 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded 1972
Genre Country pop
Length 2:56
Label A&M
Writer(s) Richard Carpenter; John Bettis
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty
The Carpenters singles chronology
"Yesterday Once More"
"Top of the World"
"Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"

"Top of the World" is a 1972 song written and composed by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis. It was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit for two weeks in 1973 for The Carpenters. Originally intended to be only an album cut for them, country music singer Lynn Anderson covered the song and was the first to release it as a single. Her version nearly topped the US Billboard Hot Country singles chart, reaching No. 2.

The Carpenters version[edit]


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 number one singles, following "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and preceding "Please Mr. Postman." 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 when Shrek enjoys being a "real ogre" and terrifying the villagers, as well as in a prominent scene of the 2012 film Dark Shadows, with a performance by the Carpenters seen on a television screen.


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972–73) Peak
Australia 1
Canadian RPM Singles 1
Dutch Mega Single Top 100[1] 12
German Media Control Charts[2] 38
Irish Singles Charts 3
Japanese Oricon Singles 21
New Zealand [3] 14
UK Singles Chart 5
Ultratop Flanders[4] 27
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Easy Listening 2
US Record World 3

Lynn Anderson version[edit]

"Top of the World"
Top Of The World by Lynn Anderson US side label vinyl.jpg
Side label of U.S. vinyl single
Single by Lynn Anderson
from the album Top of the World
A-side "Top of the World"
Released June 1973
Format 45 rpm record
Recorded 1973
Genre Country pop
Length 2:55
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Richard Carpenter, John Bettis
Producer(s) Glenn Sutton, Clive Davis
Lynn Anderson singles chronology
"Keep Me in Mind"
"Top of the World"
"Sing About Love"


Country music singer Lynn Anderson covered the song in 1973 for her studio album Top of the World, released on Columbia Records. It was the first single released from her album and her version of the song became the first hit. Anderson's cover reached No. 2 on the US country singles chart and No. 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 US pop singles chart for two weeks in December 1973.[5] Anderson's cover was produced by her husband Glenn Sutton and Clive Davis. She later re-recorded the song for her 2004 album, The Bluegrass Sessions.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
US Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 34
US Billboard Hot 100 74
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 30

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]

Preceded by
"You Were Always There" by Donna Fargo
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Lynn Anderson version)

August 18, 1973 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Trip to Heaven" by Freddie Hart
Preceded by
"Photograph" by Ringo Starr
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
(Carpenters version)

December 1, 1973 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Most Beautiful Girl" by Charlie Rich


  1. ^ Steffen Hung. "Carpenters - Top Of The World". Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  2. ^ "Home - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  3. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Carpenters - Top Of The World". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  5. ^ Randy L. Schmidt. Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter. p. 122. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  6. ^ "** SVENSKTOPPEN **" (TXT). 1974-01-06. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  7. ^ "CLAUDE VALADE Biographie". 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  9. ^ "Countrypärlor" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas. 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 

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