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Carry On Wayward Son" is a single recorded by Kansas and written by Kerry Livgren for their 1976 album . In 1977, the song peaked at No. 11 on the Leftoverture , becoming their first Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hit.
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 number 51 there. All initial releases of the single had a [1 ] B-side of "Questions of My Childhood". The song was later re-released on the Kansas compilation albums , The Best of Kansas , On the Other Side , The Kansas Boxed Set , and The Ultimate Kansas . It was also included on the live Kansas albums Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection , Two for the Show , Live at the Whisky , King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas , Dust in the Wind , and Device, Voice, Drum , along with the DVD companions to There's Know Place Like Home Device, Voice, Drum and There's Know Place Like Home.
This song is 96th on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.
Chart performance [ edit ]
Billboard Hot 100 11
RPM Top Singles 5
United Kingdom Singles Chart
Cover versions [ edit ]
Rock band The Showdown covered the song in their 2007 album,
. Temptation Come My Way [3 ]
Christian rock band
Stryper covered the song in their 2011 album, . The Covering [4 ]
The A.V. Club, a pop culture website, held its annual A.V. Undercover in which artists are invited to perform cover versions of reader-selected songs. [5 ] Gwar accepted the challenge and recorded a version of "Carry On Wayward Son" and released a video of it as well. They also released a version on the European version of their album [6 ] . Battle Maximus
Uses in popular culture [ edit ]
The song is played on almost every season finale of
s The CW' . Supernatural An acoustic version of the song is performed to celebrate the [7 ] of 200th episode which is available in Supernatural , along with other songs from the episode. iTunes
In a 2015 TV commercial for
Miller Lite, a man sings the first two lines while holding a Miller Lite bottle. A cover version appeared as playable track in [8 ] while the mastered recording appeared in Guitar Hero II . Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
The song is featured heavily in the
episode, " South Park Guitar Queer-O".
References [ edit ]
^ "Chart Stats" . Retrieved . January 24, 2011
^ "spreadit.org" . Retrieved . February 4, 2009
^ Greg Prato. "Temptation Come My Way - The Showdown - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic . Retrieved . July 29, 2015
^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "The Covering - Stryper - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic . Retrieved . July 29, 2015
^ Graham 'Gruhamed' Hartmann (October 3, 2012). "GWAR Play Hilarious Cover of Kansas’ ‘Carry on My Wayward Son’". Loudwire . Retrieved . September 14, 2014
^ Josh Modell (October 2, 2012). "GWAR covers Kansas". avclub.com . Retrieved . September 14, 2014
^ Knight, Nicholas, Supernatural Season 1 Companion p. 148
^ . Karaoke - Miller Lite YouTube. May 26, 2015 . Retrieved . July 29, 2015
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