Top Of The World

Album: A Song For You (1972)
Charted: 5 1
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Songfacts®:

  • In this joyful song, Karen Carpenter is "on the top of the world, lookin' down on creation." Why is she flying high? Because she's crazy in love.
  • Richard Carpenter wrote this with John Bettis, a lyricist who wrote the words to several Carpenters' hits as well as Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and The Pointer Sisters' "Slow Hand."
  • This originally showed up on the multi-platinum album A Song For You in June 1972. The song was released as a single in Japan in 1972 and went gold. At the same time, country artist Lynn Anderson ("I Never Promised You A Rose Garden") covered it and her version reached #1 on the Country chart. Finally, in September 1973, the Carpenters released the song as a single in the US and UK due to popular demand. It shot straight to #1 and became one of their best known hits. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Timm - Anaheim, CA, for above 2
  • This has been used in a number of TV series and movies. Among the films:

    Shrek Forever After (2010)
    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
    The Parent Trap (1998)
    High School High (1996)
    The Spirit of '76 (1990)

    And the TV series:

    Big Love ("Pilot" - 2006)
    The Simpsons ("Brother from Another Series" - 1997)
    Friends ("The One with the Blackout" - 1994)

Comments: 14

  • Doug from AucklandThe lyrics to this song originated as a poem penned by a woman from Tuatapere NZ, as I understand it in the 1950's or 60's, after walking the Humpridge Track and viewing the world from the Tors above what is now the Okaka Lodge. The view from the Tors is other-worldly and literally, you are looking down on creation.
  • Joseph from Los Angeles, CaSomeone once said the song was intended as a religious song. That the singer is talking to God, and believes that God's love has made her a spiritual person who is above being brought down by the physical world. I don't know if that was the intention of the writer or not.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1973 {July 29th}, Lynn Anderson's covered version "Top of The World"* peaked at #2 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, for the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Lord, Mr. Ford" by Jerry Reed ...
    And on August 18th, 1973, "Top of The World" reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on the Canadian RPM Country Singles chart...
    Between 1966 and 1991 the Grand Forks, North Dakota native had sixty-one records on the Hot Country Singles chart, seventeen made the Top 10 with five reaching #1; "Rose Garden" {1970}, "You're My Man" {1971}, "How Can I Unlove You" {1971}, "Keep Me In Mind" {1973}, and "What A Man My Man Is" {1974}...
    One of her sixty-one charted records was a duet with Jerry Lane, "Keeping Up Appearances", it reached #49 in 1967...
    Lynn Rene Anderson passed away at the young age of 67 on July 30th, 2015 {heart attack}...
    May she R.I.P.
    * "Top of The World" was the second of two of her records to peak at #2, her other #2 record was "That's A No No" in September of 1969...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the Hot Country Singles' Top 10 on July 29th, 1973:
    At #3. "She's All Woman" by David Houston
    #4. "Mr. Lovemaker" by Johnny Paycheck
    #5. "Trip To Heaven" by Freddy Hart
    #6. "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" by Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
    #7. "You Were Always There" by Donna Fargo
    #8. "Everybody's Had The Blues" by Merle Haggard
    #9. "Love Is The Foundation" by Loretta Lynn
    #10. "Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half As Bad)" by George Jones
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaBarry I always thought that title might belong to the late Don Helm.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.oldiesmusic.com/news.htm
    Nashville steel guitarist Buddy Emmons died Wednesday (July 29th, 2015) at the age of 78...
    The Mishawaka, Indiana native played in bands with Little Jimmy Dickens, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price and Roger Miller...
    As a studio musician, he was called 'The World's Foremost Steel Guitarist,' playing on such tunes as Judy Collins' "Someday Soon," the Carpenters' "Top Of The World", and John Phillips' "Mississippi"...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Ken from Pensacola Beach, FlGreat song, performed by the greatest songstress to appear in my lifetime. No one has ever rivaled Karen.
  • Larry from Coral Springs, FlI love this song..it has a "happy go lucky person" personality to it
  • Tammy from Nashville, TnJohn Bettis actally made that comment about being on "top of the world" to Karen. I saw the interview and he was talking to Karen.
  • Steven from Sunnyvale, CaBob Rivers made a hilarious parody titled "Antidepressants", refering to Karen's battle with depression. You can't find it on his web site, but I found it at http://blog.virtualdominion.net/post/330
  • Roy from Mesa, AzThe song makes you happy! You never get sick of it. It's a real love song. It's a song I would sing to my wife.
  • Kenneth from Cleveland, OhJohn Bettis was on a plane sitting next to Richard Carpenter looking down at Carpenters fans waving and screaming,he leaned over to Richard and said"you're on top of the world now,huh?The song was hatched!
  • Matt from Charleston, ScThis song was covered on a Carpenters tribute album by Shonen Knife, a Japanase girl-powered punk band! They played it in a choppy, jangly fashion. The vocals are almost cartoonish Japanese stereotype. In the chorus they say "Onna toppa da word. Onna toppa da Word!" Still, I think its a rockin version.
  • Adele from Victoria, CanadaA great song! Phoebe, Monica, and Joey sang this in the episode of Friends in the first season where there is a huge blackout.
  • Gerald from Stockton, CaA very happy song.
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