"Top of the World"
Single by The Carpenters
from the album A Song for You
A Song for You

Front cover to The Carpenters' album, A Song for You.

B-side "Heather"
Recorded 1972-1973
Released September 17, 1973
Length 2:58
Genre(s) Pop, Country
Writer(s) Richard Carpenter, John Bettis
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty & The Carpenters
Record label A&M Records
Tracks from A Song for You

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"A Song for You" (1)

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"Hurting Each Other" (3)

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Singles by The Carpenters

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"Yesterday Once More" (1973)

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"I Won't Last a Day Without You" (1974)

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Screenshot from Gold: Greatest Hits (1985)
Top of the World - Gold
The Carpenters on The Carpenters' Very First Television Special in 1976 performing "Top of the World".

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

The Carpenters, "Top of the World" (1972)

"Top of the World" is a song written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis. It was the first international country single released by The Carpenters and their second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Originally recorded in 1972 for the album A Song for You, it was remixed in 1973 for the single release, as Karen Carpenter was not quite satisfied with her vocal track on the original. Lynn Anderson scored a #2 Billboard Country chart hit using the Carpenters' 1972 arrangement.

Song HistoryEdit

Upon completing the recording of "Top of the World" on A Song for You, Richard and Karen considered the song to be an album cut and didn't think much of its potential[1]. The response to "Top of the World" on both the airwaves and in concert, however, was overwhelming - pulling it as a single, they featured a new arrangement and lead vocal. The hit that almost got away, it was released in September of 1973 - a year after the album it debuted on. "Top of the World" quickly became the Carpenters' second #1 hit, where it stayed for two weeks.

The song was given a remix with a newer, stronger background sound in 1991.

Quadraphonic differenceEdit

On the quadraphonic disc of The Singles: 1969-1973, "Top of the World" features the vocals from A Song For You and the music from the single release.


  • Karen Carpenter - lead and backing vocals
  • Richard Carpenter - backing vocals, keyboards
  • Joe Osborn - bass guitar
  • Hal Blaine - drums
  • Buddy Emmons - pedal steel guitar


Have a ListenEdit

1972 versionEdit

1973 remixEdit

Quadraphonic MixEdit

References Edit