"Top of the World" is a 1972 song by The Carpenters. Originally recorded for and released on the duo's 1972 studio album A Song for You, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in late 1973, becoming the duo's second U.S. number 1 single. Originally intended to be only an album cut for the Carpenters, country entertainer Lynn Anderson covered the song and her version nearly topped the U.S. country singles chart (reaching #2). 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, this time as the ending theme song for Beginner. The song is sung by Monica, Joey and Phoebe in the 7th episode of the first season of TV series Friends, while Ross is attacked by a cat out on the balcony.
It appeared on the 2010 soundtrack of Shrek Forever After, as well as in a prominent scene of the 2012 film Dark Shadows, with a performance by the Carpenters seen on a television screen; its use in the latter film is slightly anachronistic as the movie is set in 1972, yet the song didn't become a hit until the fall of 1973.