Carpenters were an award-winning brother/sister duo who helped define the dulcet soft pop/easy listening sound of the 70s. Richard and Karen Carpenter had numerous hits, with "Top of the World" being their second one. The song was covered by country singer Lynn Anderson and scored the #2 slot on the country charts. Karen decided they should release it as a single from their A Song for You album (1972) and it hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two back-to-back weeks in 1973.
The song has the popular country pop sound that permeated the musical fabric of the 70s. Karen's ethereal, effortless voice lends a layer of innocence to the song that makes it that much more potent. The opening lyrics, "Such a feelin's comin' over me/There is wonder in 'most every thing I see," perfectly describe the tone of this song, pure. Though their ballads were sometimes described by critics as "saccharine," the public loved them. The Grammy winners were a hit-making machine during the 70s and toured extensively. They were indeed on top of the world
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.
31 May 2021
The Isley Brothers added smokiness and umbre to it. They’re not just singing the song, they’re living it.
3 March 2021
The song is simple in its approach. It has an uncomplicated melody, a catchy refrain and Withers’ dulcet vocals. Songs like this epitomize the 70s, full of happiness and love. Pop culture always defines eras. The movies, television shows and music mirror the times. “Lovely Day” symbolizes the 70s, but it’s eternal in its outlook.
20 November 2020
The 70s had some of the best slow jams. Love songs were actually about love. Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” from the album of the same title, is a worthy entry into the 70s catalog of golden love song hits. The silky tune blazed up the music charts in 1974 and remained at number one for a week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles…