Top of the World (The Carpenters song)

Top Of The World (The Carpenters Song)

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Top of the World (The Carpenters song)

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"Top of the World" is the name of a 1973 song by The Carpenters. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973, becoming the duo's second U.S. number-one single. Originally intended to be only an album cut for the Carpenters, country singer Lynn Anderson covered the song and released it as a single first. Anderson's version reached #2 on the U.S. country singles charts in mid-1973. The success of Anderson's version prompted the Carpenters to release a new version as a single, where it topped the U.S. pop singles chart. Karen Carpenter re-recorded the song for the band's first compilation as she was not quite satisfied with the original. Brother Richard Carpenter has remixed the song's vocals, most recently for their 35th Anniversary Gold compilation.

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, as the ending theme song for Beginner.

It appeared in the 2010 soundtrack of Shrek Forever After.

Chart performance

The Carpenters

Lynn Anderson

Other cover versions

Swedish dansband Vikingarna had a 1974 Svensktoppen hit with a cover version in Swedish, "På världens tak", which was the first Vikingarna song at Svensktoppen.

In 1992, The Sugarcubes, with Björk as lead singer, covered the song. The song was included as a b-side on the single for Walkabout,...
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