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"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.

The Carpenters version[edit]


Written by Richard Carpenter (music) and John Bettis (lyrics), “Top Of The World” was originally recorded for and released on the duo's 1972 studio album A Song for You. The song was initially intended to just remain an album cut, however, when Lynn Anderson’s version, released in mid-1973, was a success, the duo was upset that they hadn’t released their version as a single to begin with. The Carpenters’ version was later released as a single on September 17, 1973. Karen Carpenter re-recorded her lead vocal for the single release as she was not quite satisfied with the original. The new version appeared on the duo’s first compilation album, The Singles: 1969-1973.

Following its single release, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in late 1973, becoming the duo's second of three No. 1 singles, following "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and preceding

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. In his Oscars acceptance speech for Best Original Song, "Naatu Naatu," composer M.M. Keeravani mentioned the Carpenters and briefly interpolated his thanks to the tune of "Top Of The World."

Cash Box praised Karen Carpenter's "strong lead vocal" and the pair's vocal harmonies.


  • Karen Carpenter – lead and backing vocals
  • Richard Carpenter – backing vocals, Wurlitzer electronic piano, orchestration
  • Joe Osborn – bass guitar
  • Hal Blaine – brushed drums
  • Tony Peluso – electric guitar
  • Buddy Emmons – pedal steel guitar
  • Uncredited – tambourine

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973–1974) Peak position Australia 1 Canadian RPM Top Singles 1 Canada RPM Adult Contemporary 2 Dutch Mega Single Top 100 12 German Media Control Charts 38 Irish Singles Charts 3 Japanese Oricon Singles 21 New Zealand 14 UK Singles Chart 5 Ultratop Flanders 27 US Billboard Hot 100 1 US Billboard Easy Listening 2 US Cashbox Radio Active Airplay Singles 2 US Record World 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Position Canada 18

All-time charts[edit]

Chart (1958-2018) Position US Billboard Hot 100 371


Lynn Anderson version[edit]

"Top of the World"

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Side label of U.S. vinyl single

Single by Lynn Andersonfrom the album Top of the World B-side"I Wish I Was a Little Boy Again"ReleasedJune 1973Recorded1973GenreCountry popLength2:55LabelColumbiaSongwriter(s)Richard Carpenter, John BettisProducer(s)Glenn Sutton, Clive DavisLynn Anderson singles chronology "Keep Me in Mind" (1973) "Top of the World" (1973) "Sing About Love" (1973)


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.

Who is the original singer of Top of the World?

"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.

Is Karen Carpenter still living?

4 February 1983 (age 32 years), Downey, California, United StatesKaren Carpenter / Diednull

How many people were in the group the Carpenters?

The Carpenters, officially known as Carpenters, were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen (1950–1983) and Richard Carpenter (born 1946).

They topped the Billboard Top 200 album chart with The Singles: 1969-1973, scored three Hot 100 No. 1s. Globally, they were hugely successful, as well, with 1974 tour stops in Japan getting Beatlemania-like fan receptions. Richard and Karen Carpenter were, indeed, on top of the world.