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

Their best song by far.

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2 Dust in the Wind

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

By far the best song of Kansas. An ode to the living that died and will die. Huge lyrics, unbeatable and true to the core. One of the rock songs of all time.

Pure amazement.

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3 Miracles Out of Nowhere

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.

This is one of those songs that makes me listen and listen again without getting tired... Just listen to that spectacular instrumental solo! AMAZING! - joxoko

Hands down the best Kansas song. Just listening to this song gives me goosebumps.

Amazing song from all aspects. Their best.

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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!

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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 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.

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8 Closet Chronicles

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

9 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.

10 Point of Know Return

Pretty great song, not getting much love.

The Contenders

11 Apercu
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

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)

This song is the pinnacle (pun intended) of Kansas progressive rock trajectory. A pure masterpiece through and through.

This song blows Carry on Wayward son and Dust in the wind away in my my opinion. Great vocals by Steve Walsh and AMAZING lyrics guitar playing by Kerry Livgren

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14 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!

15 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

16 Questions of My Childhood
17 Curtain of Iron

How can this not be on the list?

18 Lightning's Hand

Shows the band's musical prowess in full.

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19 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.


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20 Portrait (He Knew)

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

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

24 The Devil Game

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

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

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25 Nobody's Home

Great song why did I have to add this

26 Lonely Wind
27 Magnum Opus
28 Bells of Saint James
29 Hold On

Beautiful song, not to mention the awesome guitar solo!

Such a powerful song. - ConnorTheCritic

Love that song

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
35 Two Cents Worth

One of my favorites by Kansas.

36 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?

37 Relentless

How can this be missing?

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38 On the Other Side

The best ever

39 Belexes

Listen to the Intro, and you might consider it great

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40 All I Wanted

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

41 Power
42 Sparks of the Tempest

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.

43 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?

44 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!

45 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".

46 Play the Game Tonight

"Do you see yourself in a white spotlight
Then play the game tonight"

47 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!

48 Hopelessly Human

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.

49 Mysteries and Mayhem
50 Going Through the Motions

Its like a rising spiral

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Top Remixes (7)

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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