Top of the World

Lynn Anderson

About 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. However, after country singer Lynn Anderson covered the song and it became a number two hit on the country charts, they reconsidered.


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Such a feelin's coming over me there is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky got the sun in my eyes and I won't be surprised if it's a dream
Everything I want the world to be is now coming true especially for me
And the reason is clear it's because you are here
You're the nearest thing to heaven that I've seen
I'm on the top of the world lookin' down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I've found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world

Something in the wind has learned my name
And it's teelin' me that things are not the same
In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
There's a pleasin' sense of happiness for me
There is only one wish on my mind when this day is through I hope that I will find
That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
All I need will be mine if you are here
I'm on the top of the world...
I'm on the top of the world... 

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Lynn Anderson

Lynn Rene Anderson (born September 26, 1947) is an American country music singer and equestrian known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her Grammy Award-winning, worldwide mega-hit, "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden". Helped by her regular exposure on national television, Anderson was one of the most popular and successful female country singers of the 1970s. In addition to being named "Top Female Vocalist" by the Academy of Country Music twice and "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Country Music Association, Anderson has charted 11 No. 1, 18 Top 10, and more than 50 Top 40 hits. She was the first female country artist to win an American Music Award in 1974, as well as the first to headline and sellout Madison Square Gard… more »

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Written by: John Bettis, Richard Lynn Carpenter

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5 facts about this song

Carpenters' Version
"Top of the World" is one of the most successful songs by the duo "the Carpenters". - Released in 1972, it reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. - Although it was never intended to be a single, strong airplay by radio stations led to its release. - The song was composed by the team of Richard Carpenter and John Bettis. - "Top of the World" became a gold record for the Carpenters.
Lynn Anderson's Version
Country singer Lynn Anderson recorded a cover of this song in 1973. - It was a significant crossover hit for Anderson, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Country charts and number 74 on the pop charts. - The song was her only number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. - It was included in her album "Top of the World" released in 1973.
Richard Carpenter's Role
Richard Carpenter, part of the Carpenters duo, co-wrote and produced the original version of "Top of the World". - He composed the music, while John Bettis wrote the lyrics. - Richard was instrumental in the song's arrangement, contributing to its success. - In honor of his late sister Karen, Richard re-recorded the song with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018.
Song's Legacy
"Top of the World" is widely recognized as a classic pop song, remembered for its uplifting message and catchy melody. - It has been covered by numerous artists in various languages around the world. - In 2003, it was used in the Japanese drama "The Long Love Letter". - In 2018, the song was arranged into a new version, blending the original Carpenters' vocals with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's performance.
Music Video
Surprisingly enough, an official music video was only released for the song by Carpenters in 2020, using the 2018 version with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. - The animation showed a schoolgirl traveling through different magical lands, fulfilling the song's theme of fantastical aspiration. - This official music video has been watched over 1.9 million times on YouTube (as of September 2021).

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