|"Top of the World"|
|Single by Carpenters|
|from the album A Song for You|
|Released||September 17, 1973|
|Recorded||1972 (album version) 1973 (single version)|
|Label|| A&M |
|Songwriter(s)||Richard Carpenter, John Bettis|
|Carpenters singles chronology|
"Top of the World" is a 1972 song written and composed by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis and first recorded by American pop duo Carpenters. It was a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit for the duo for two consecutive weeks in 1973.
Carpenters originally intended the song to be only an album cut. However, after country singer Lynn Anderson covered the song and it became a number two hit on the country charts, they reconsidered.
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. It has been used as the opening song of the Season 2, Episode 1 of Netflix series After Life.
|Japan (RIAJ) |
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||250,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||1,000,000^|
* Sales figures based on certification alone.
|"Top of the World"|
|Single by Lynn Anderson|
|from the album Top of the World|
|A-side||"Top of the World"|
|Songwriter(s)||Richard Carpenter, John Bettis|
|Producer(s)||Glenn Sutton, Clive Davis|
|Lynn Anderson singles chronology|
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 the 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.Anderson's recording was produced by her husband Glenn Sutton and Clive Davis. She later re-recorded the song for her 2004 album, The Bluegrass Sessions .
|US Billboard Hot 100||74|
|US Billboard Hot Country Singles||2|
|US Billboard Easy Listening||34|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary||30|
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