Carry On Wayward Son

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"Carry On Wayward Son"
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Single by Kansas
from the album Leftoverture
B-side "Questions of My Childhood"
Released November 19, 1976
Recorded December 1975
Genre Progressive rock,[1] hard rock[2]
Length 5:26 (album version), 3:26 (single edit)
Label Kirshner
Songwriter(s) Kerry Livgren
Producer(s) Jeff Glixman, Kansas
Kansas singles chronology
"It Takes a Woman's Love (To Make a Man)"
"Carry On Wayward Son"
"What's on My Mind"
"It Takes a Woman's Love (To Make a Man)"
"Carry On Wayward Son"
"What's on My Mind"

"Carry On Wayward Son" is a single recorded by Kansas and written by Kerry Livgren for their 1976 album Leftoverture. In 1977, the song peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first top 20 entry in the nation.[3] The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on December 18, 1990,[4] and has also sold over 2 million downloads in the digital era.[not verified in body]


The 7-inch single has been certified gold by the RIAA. This version was a much shorter version of the song, edited down to 3:26, a version that was also the band's only single to chart in the UK, reaching No. 51 there.[5] All initial releases of the single had a B-side of "Questions of My Childhood". The song was later re-released on all Kansas compilation albums (except for Works in Progress) and all Kansas live albums.

This song is 96th on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976-77) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 51
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 11


  1. ^ "Top Of The Progs: Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son". Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Winistorfer, Andrew (5 January 2009). "VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs list only slightly less annoying than their hip-hop list". VH1. Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kansas – Chart history". Billboard Hot 100 for Kansas. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "American Single certifications – Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select ', then click SEARCH
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  7. ^ "Kansas: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "Kansas Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard.

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