Best Kansas Songs

The Top Ten

1 Carry on Wayward Son

Supernatural Made this even more famous.

Absolutely the best. Period. I spent the 70s and early 80s spacing out to this song. Just close your eyes and let it take over. Moves you from the reality of the day to the fantasy of the momment.

I really love this song
Maybe because of Supernatural... I always see Sam and Dean in my head whenever I hear it.
Or it could be because of South Park, I loved that episode with Kyle and Stan as Guitar heroes

My 2nd favorite song. I didn't find this because of Supernatural but because of introduction from my dad.

2 Dust in the Wind

I heard the remixed version first, awesome song by the way, u can feel it

Simply the best

Hands down the most beautfiul song of Kansas. I found the band to be extremely mellow, but this song in particular made me feel respect towards them. - mickeyG94

Famous even here in Brasil and the whole South America

Very smart song people should start listening to real music and stop to listen to those crap

3 Miracles Out of Nowhere

Amazing. This is the song you show when someone asks you what Progressive Rock is. - MaxPap

The singer's complament each others voices.. Very enjoyable song.


Hands down. This song is a lyrical masterpiece, and the instrumental is unprecedented. The break down at around 2:22 of the song is simply perfect. I love Kansas, and I love every song on this list, but this one for me, easily takes the cake.

4 Song for America

Most serious Kansas fans adore this song for the lyrics and amazing musical arrangements it comes from a great album

This Song has it all, incredible lush instrumental arrangements, insane vocal by Steve Walsh, and incredible lyrical content! for a serious Kansas fan, this gotta top the list!

Second best Kansas song

Awesome...I love this

5 Icarus (Borne On Wings of Steel)

Cannot believe this is not on here. The only song comparable to The Pinnacle

This song not only is THE best Kansas song but it is one of the best songs ever written as well

This song along with sparks of the tempest are the best I've found so far!

Who the heck voted for 'It Takes A Woman's Love'?

6 Journey from Mariabronn

Their first album is unsurpassed in rock history. Every song on it is evidence of a band that's tight, knows what it's doing and is going places. This one masterpiece is overlooked because of its length, and the tunnel-vision enforced by radio play deprives most people of experiencing many of their greatest performances.

Truly an undiscovered prog masterpiece. If you only listen to Kansas's mainstream radio songs, then you are missing out majorly.

Great song, from their best album. Screw Left and Point.

7 Closet Chronicles

The instrumental part brings you to another dimension. It's that good. - MaxPap

The storytelling in this song is unequaled. I am sad to see it this low on the list.

8 Child of Innocence

Child of Innocence, along with all of the other songs from the first 3 albums, are among the most underrated songs of all time. Child of Innocence especially because of its awesome twin guitar intro, powerful lyrics, the screaming guitar solo, and beautiful outro.

9 Cheyenne Anthem

This song is just beautiful! The lyrics do an amazing job at making you feel really bad for the Native Americans when they were being forced out of their homelands. The instrumental section isn't anywhere near as flashy and technical as Magnum Opus, but it works.

One of the most realistic looks of how we treated the Native Americans making this a bittersweet piece.

The ending is so amazing

10 Point of Know Return

This is currently No. 11? How? This should be much higher. least...No. 3.

So catchy! - LightningStrike

Love this song, think it should be higher in the list

This song has the best vocals of any Kansas song.

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The Contenders

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12 Lamplight Symphony

An under the radar gem from the song for America album. The progression of the instrumentation section is so great. It really does sound like a symphony, and the emotional shifts in the song are breathtaking. The sound is huge and epic then suddenly sad and subtle. It's incredible.

Great song, but like other Kansas songs besides Carry on Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind, this was overshadowed by other progressive rock bands with their songs which include Yes's Roundabout, King Crimson's Epitaph and Starless, Genesis's Supper's Ready, and Pink Floyd's Shine on you Crazy Diamond and Echoes.

One of the best Kansas songs I've heard.

13 The Pinnacle

My favorite song of all time

This is an all around great song. In my opinion, the only other song by Kansas that comes close to this is Miracles Out of Nowhere. The songwriting, vocals, guitar, drums, timing, and everything else is completely immaculate.

This follow-up to Mysteries and Mayhem, the soliloquy of a once proud warrior, is the most amazing song in Kansas' discography. Carry on Wayward Son, Dust in the Wind, Magnum Opus, and so many of Kansas' others are magnificent songs but The Pinnacle transcends them all. It is everything that made Kansas great, it is everything that I loved about music as a young man.

This, is the number one song on this list. Kansas' ten minute masterpiece that displays vocal, violin, guitar and bass harmony. Excellent, but underrated. Much like Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)

14 A Glimpse of Home

Like really, listen to the orchestral format of this song. So amazing! Best of Monolith!

How is this lower than it takes woman's love? I mean, listen to the song! It's amazing!

Really great song, and the ending is just inconceivably amazing!

Here is my list

1. Lamplight Symphony
2. A Glimpse of Home
3. Miracles out of Nowhere
4. Carry on Wayward Son
5. Song for America

15 Questions of My Childhood
16 Incomudro (Hymn to the Atman)

This and Lamplight Symphony should be higher. Song for America is the BEST Album by Kansas because it has the longest, most epic songs, like Song For America, Lamplight Symphony, and this. That, and IT HAS A DRUM SOLO IN IT!

17 Lightning's Hand

Shows the band's musical prowess in full.

No One Will Defeat Me no one Can!

18 Curtain of Iron

How can this not be on the list?

19 Portrait (He Knew)

Great song! Lots of time signatures and over all its worth listening to repeatedly.. lyrically has high quality range and meaning..

20 The Wall

This song says so much about obstacles in life. There is no loss when you get beyond the wall. And when you follow Christ, nothing is lost.

Simply perfect message in its lyrics. At the end he finds out that everything he needs to tear or set down the wall is inside himself, by finding self inner harmony.

Why don't people realise how good this is! It's such a good tune and deserves a top placing for sure - one of the best songs ever written - by any band.

By far one of the most moving songs ever! After all, haven't we all come to a "Wall" at some point in our life's

21 It Takes a Woman's Love (To Make a Man)
22 Death of Mother Nature Suite
23 The Devil Game

Those lyrics mean so much that you can only understand if you sing along to the song, which is wonderful.

The song rocks, and I love the message!

Phil Ehart grooves a great beat on this one. Kudos to Dave Hope for a fine contribution to one of my favorite albums.

24 Lonely Wind
25 Nobody's Home

Great song why did I have to add this

26 Magnum Opus

Way better than carry on wayward son - lucaskt

27 Hold On

Beautiful song, not to mention the awesome guitar solo!

Such a powerful song. - ConnorTheCritic

Love that song

28 Bells of Saint James
29 Magnum Opus: Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat / Howling at the Moon / Man Overboard / Industry on Parade / Release the Beavers / Gnat Attack

Great track to conclude Leftoverture

30 Can I Tell You
31 No One Together

The band matured and this masterpiece of strong development, structure and modulation is by any measure out of the league of any other band.

32 What's on My Mind

Great song. Should be WAY higher.

33 Opus Insert
34 Paradox

Without question my favorite Kansas song. The violin playing is just incredible

35 All I Wanted

Classic single

Such a good song that needs more recognition and I love this ballad hit of theirs

36 Two Cents Worth

One of my favorites by Kansas.

37 People of the South Wind

Love this song. Wore it out on the jukebox in the shop bar.

A great song. Underrated jam no one remembers

Great one, why is it buried on the list?

38 Hopelessly Human

Probably the best lyrics of a Kansas song, and it's overall amazing. Best song on Point of Know Return along with Closet Chronicles. - MaxPap

A joyous occasion, no reason to doubt! What a way to send the Point of Know Return album off in style. The epic, Medieval-type instrumental passages, hard rock freakouts, melodic vocal passages, and memorable, thought-provoking lyrics.

39 Sparks of the Tempest

Best Harmony Vocals ever. This is there most underrated song and should be in the Top Ten

Out of all the songs I've heard by Kansas This is my favorite, Carry on my wayward son, point of no return and dust in the wind are over rated

Either This or Lightning's Hand would be my favorite Kansas song under 5 minutes long.

40 Relentless

How can this be missing?

The bridge is PLAIN AMAZING

41 Mysteries and Mayhem
42 On the Other Side

The best ever

43 Belexes

Listen to the Intro, and you might consider it great

Listen to the intro

44 One Man, One Heart

The lyrics are beautiful. Chorus is powerful. Easily a rock classic. The guitar solo is a little drowned out and not quite as impressive as Hold On, but the harmonics screech and whine.. So good!

45 Power
46 Icarus II

This tale of a WWII bomber pilot not only shows that Kerry could still pen thoughtful lyrics but also a terrific instrumental section that shows off just how creative drumming and guitar playing can be.

It's the sequel to #12, so why not it be higher?

47 All the World

A really powerful and beautiful song. The lyrics are hopeful and the emotional scope of this song is very wide. There are also some bold transitions which I love. The violin also works really well in this song and Steve's keyboards and vocals shine particularly bright in this one. I strongly recommend checking this one out if you've never heard it before.

My personal favorite! Been listening to Kansas since 1974, Love their music! Always have! If you have never heard this song, do yourself a favor and give it a listen!

48 The Spider
49 The Coming Dawn

Considering everything - lyrics, music and melody, I would say this is the second best Kansas song (after Dust in the Wind), with The Wall being a close third. It's also one of the best songs ever by any band. I don't think Carry on Wayward Son is the best Kansas song at all - I think it's just had more publicity. The Coming Dawn is better - in fact, it's a masterpiece - very stirring! Should be at number two! - Shugs

50 Fight Fire with Fire

While I like this song a lot, I prefer Metallica's Fight Fire with Fire, made just one year after this, over this one.

Pump Song! Great song to get up in the morning to. This song has a great work-out motivation like "Eye of the Tiger".

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Closet Chronicles
2. Song for America
3. Curtain of Iron
1. Lamplight Symphony
2. Incomudro (Hymn to the Atman)
3. Cheyenne Anthem
1. Song for America
2. Child of Innocence
3. Icarus (Borne On Wings of Steel)

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