Top spinning is considered by many to be one of the oldest toys in history. There are many examples of early references to tops. More information about top history can be found here.
In recent years there have been many developments with the technology of the top. Bearing tops, with a tip that spins, have been one of the biggest changes. Fixed tip tops and bearing tops are featured in National Championships in Chico, California and in the World Championships in Orlando, Florida. Below are results from the most recent World Championship: