Carry On Wayward Son
|"Carry On Wayward Son"|
|Single by Kansas|
|from the album Leftoverture|
|B-side||"Questions of My Childhood"|
|Length||5:26 (album version), 3:26 (single edit)|
|Producer(s)||Jeff Glixman, Kansas|
|Kansas singles chronology|
"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 Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first Top 40 hit. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on December 18, 1990, and has also sold over 2 million downloads in the digital era.
The 7" 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. 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.
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||5|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||51|
|US Billboard Hot 100||11|
In popular culture
The song is played often on the season finale of The CW's Supernatural. The song was used in the episode 1x21; starting from the 2nd season it was played at the beginnings of every final episode. It was also performed in a musical in the episode 10x5.
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