You’re the Top

You’re the Top” is a Cole Porter song from the 1934 musical Anything Goes. It is about a man and a woman who take turns complimenting each other. The best-selling version was Paul Whiteman‘s Victor single, which made the top five.

1934 Cole Porter song
Song
“You’re the Top”
Song
Published 1934
Songwriter(s) Cole Porter

It was the most popular song from Anything Goes at the start with hundreds of parodies.[1][2]

The lyrics are particularly notable because they offer a snapshot as to what was highly prized in the mid-1930s and demonstrate Porter’s rhyming ability.[citation needed]

Some of the lyrics were re-written by P. G. Wodehouse for the British version of Anything Goes.

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The following is a list of the references used in the version recorded by Cole Porter on November 26, 1934:

Additional references in other versions of the song:

P. G. Wodehouse anglicised it for the British version of Anything Goes. Among other changes, he altered two lines from “You’re an O’Neill drama / You’re Whistler’s mama!” to “You’re Mussolini / You’re Mrs Sweeny[6][7]

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