Van Halen - Top Of The World - About the song
The song "Top of the World" was written by Van Halen for their 1991 album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. It was one of six singles released from the album, and it spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart in the United States, becoming the band's eighth number one on this chart. It was the album's only single to reach the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #27. The main guitar riff from "Top of the World" is based on the closing guitar background riff from 1984's "Jump."
The main riff for this song was first played live on the Van Halen 1979 World Tour during "Dance the Night Away." It was recorded in early 1991. Eddie Van Halen used his brand new Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitar and Peavey 5150 amps to record this song. This was also one of the first songs on which Van Halen used the wah-wah pedal. Toto's lead guitarist Steve Lukather also contributes background vocals to this song. Following "Jump," this is the final song on For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and the last song played during live shows. This song was performed on the Balance "Ambulance" Tour in 1995, as well as the ill-fated 2004 reunion tour.
Top Of The World - Lyrics
Hey, Baby, Whew! I know that you believe in me, That's all I ever need, uh huh. No, No, nothing's gonna stop me, Nothing will be scaring me, oh no Hey baby, it's the only way out Oh, little darling, C'mon what's it all about? Standing on top of the world For a little while. Standing on top of the world Gonna give it all we got. Oh, I know it won't hurt, I gotta have a little taste I just wanna sink my teeth in that Fine piece of real estate, yeah Hey baby, make it nice and sweet, Oh, little darling Let's take a walk down easy street Standing on top of the world, For a little while. Standing on top of the world Let's give it all we got, oooh oooh Baby, gotta feeling, oooh oooh, Oh, I wanna touch it,now, oooh oooh oooh, See the whole wide world turn upside down. Hey, Baby, Whew! Someday, we'll be Standing on top of the world For a little while Standing on top of the world Till we got stung. Standing on top of the world For a little while. Standing on top of the world Gonna give it all we got. (Standing on top) Hey, baby. (Standing on top) Hey darling Standing on top, Standing on top, Standing on top.