“Top of the World” is one of the best songs of all time. It has been recorded and released by various artists inside and outside of the country music scene. However, the most successful performances of them all were from The Carpenters and Lynn Anderson. Who do you think sang it better? Was it The Carpenters or Lynn Anderson?
Perhaps, some may say it was The Carpenters while others may say it was Lynn Anderson. The answer is both did a great job, no need to argue. And the most important thing is, the song reminds us how beautiful music and country music is in the 70s or should I say in the past.
Without a doubt, both artists did a great job. With Lynn Anderson’s voice and interpretation, she introduced the song to the country music enthusiasts. Also, she placed the song on the number two spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
On the other hand, The Carpenters never disappointed us by providing great music. “Top of the World” is one of the most remarkable music of their entire career. Besides, The Carpenters were the original and the composer (Richard Carpenter) of the song. With the voice of Karen Carpenter, the song truly hit and kept on rocking the music lovers all over the globe.
As mentioned above, Richard Carpenter along with John Bettis pooled resources for the words and lyrics of “Top of the World.” It was part of their album “A Song for You.” The song was released on September 19, 1973, a few months after Lynn Anderson released her version.
Interestingly, The Carpenters intended to release the song as an album cut. Nevertheless, when the band heard of Lynn Anderson’s cover version, they decided to release it as a single. Their decision was perfect and it became a worldwide hit. It even placed at number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It then became their third single to peak at number one spot on the said chart.
Lynn Anderson’s version of “Top of the World” peaked at number two spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. She released the song in June 1973 under her album of the same name. It was the first single under her album. However, it’s the most successful track among others. Because of her cover, The Carpenters prompted to release the song as a single.
No one of the two artists did it better. Both undoubtedly did well in recording and making their interpretation. Without Richard Carpenters brilliant mind, the song wouldn’t be created. Meanwhile, if Lynn Anderson didn’t release her version, then it wouldn’t be a success for The Carpenters. With this, both were successfully provided us with great sound and music.
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