Top of the World (The Carpenters Song)
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Top of the World the Carpenters Song
"Top of the World"
Top of the World (The Carpenters song) coverart.jpg
Artwork for U.S. vinyl single
Single by Carpenters
from the album A Song for You
"Heather"
Released September 19, 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded 1972
Genre Country pop
Length 2:56
Label A&M
1468
Richard Carpenter, John Bettis
Jack Daugherty
Carpenters singles chronology
"Yesterday Once More"
(1973)
"Top of the World"
(1973)
"Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"
(1974)

"Yesterday Once More"
(1973)
"Top of the World"
(1973)
"Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"
(1974)

"Top of the World" is a 1972 song written and composed by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis and first recorded by American pop duo the Carpenters. It was a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit for the duo for two consecutive weeks in 1973.

This song was originally intended to be only an album cut. However, country music singer Lynn Anderson covered it 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

Background

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 No. 1 singles, following "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and preceding "Please Mr. Postman." Karen Carpenter re-recorded it for the band's first compilation as she was not quite satisfied with the original.

In Japan, it was used as the opening theme song for the 1995 Japanese drama Miseinen. In 2003, another drama, Beginner, had it as its ending theme song. It is heard in Shrek Forever After as Shrek enjoys being a "real ogre" and terrifying the villagers, as well as in a prominent scene of the 2012 film Dark Shadows, where a performance by the Carpenters is seen on a television screen.

Personnel

Chart performance

Chart (1972-73) Peak
position
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

"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
"Top of the World"
Released June 1973
Format 45 rpm record
Recorded 1973
Genre Country pop
Length 2:55
Label Columbia
Richard Carpenter, John Bettis
Glenn Sutton, Clive Davis
Lynn Anderson singles chronology
"Keep Me in Mind"
(1973)
"Top of the World"
(1973)
"Sing About Love"
(1973)

"Keep Me in Mind"
(1973)
"Top of the World"
(1973)
"Sing About Love"
(1973)

Background

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 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

Chart (1973) Peak
position
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

See also

References

  1. ^ Steffen Hung. "Carpenters - Top Of The World". Dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Home - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Officialcharts.de. 2016-09-30. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Carpenters - Top Of The World". Ultratop.be. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Randy L. Schmidt. Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter. Books.google.com. p. 122. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ NZ Top 20 1973
  7. ^ "** SVENSKTOPPEN **" (TXT). Sr.se. 1974-01-06. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "CLAUDE VALADE Biographie". Biographiesartistesquebecois.com. 2008-09-17. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Countrypärlor" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas. 2010. Retrieved 2011. 

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