Top Of The World

Album: A Song For You (1972)
Charted: 5 1
  • 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. >>
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    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: 11

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaBarry I always thought that title might belong to the late Don Helm.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer:
    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 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
  • 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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