->"''Carry on my wayward son\\
There'll be peace when you are done\\
Lay your weary head to rest\\
Don't you cry no more''"
-->--'''Kansas''', "Carry On Wayward Son"

'''Kansas''' is an American ProgressiveRock band [[CaptainObvious from Topeka, Kansas.]] The band formed in 1973 and still tours in North America and Europe, though the lineup has changed over the years. They debuted with a SelfTitledAlbum in 1974 and have since become quite popular, becoming a staple on classic rock radio and having their songs played in movies and TV shows.

''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' fans most likely recognize them as the creators of "Carry On Wayward Son", which is easily one of their most popular songs along with "Point of Know Return" and "Dust in the Wind" (all three of which may be priced slightly higher on digital distribution channels). Other well-known songs from the band include "People of the South Wind", "Play the Game Tonight", "Fight Fire With Fire", and "All I Wanted".

!!Kansas provides examples of:

* BadassBoast: "Lightning's Hand" is a very threatening one from the point of view of a lightning god.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Said word for word in the third verse of "Sparks of the Tempest".
* ChristianRock: Some of the members became born-again Christians in the early '80s and the music from then on reflects it.
* CutSong: "Perfect Lover" was cut from later releases of ''The Best of Kansas''. Considering it never actually appeared on any albums and was exclusive to the earlier releases of ''The Best of Kansas'', no one really misses it.
* DontFearTheReaper: "Child of Innocence"
-->I will comfort you, take your hand and see you through, I will take you through the door
* {{Eagleland}}: The title "Song for America" suggests Flavor 1, but the lyrics are full-on Flavor 2 at times:
-->Ravage, plunder, see no wonder, rape and kill and tear asunder/Chop the forests, plow it under...
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: Expect this at least [[OnceAnEpisode Once An Album]]. An example is the organ solo at the beginning of "Away from You".
* EpicRocking: As expected from a prog-rock band. Examples include the fittingly titled "Magnum Opus," as well as "Song for America", "Journey from Mariabronn", and, last and longest, "Incomudro--Hymn To The Atman".
* FunWithHomophones: "Point of Know Return", ''There's Know Place like Home''.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The final verse of "Death of Mother Nature Suite"; pollution is the side effect of all of man's wondrous advances in technology. The last two lines (as sung by Robby) are "The ignorance of man will reach an end/And now she's gonna die", the last line being the same line that ends the first two verses. However, if the lyrics as printed in the album are WordOfGod, then Kerry Livgren originally ended the verse with ''"Cause now we're gonna die"''.
* GriefSong: The moody acoustic guitars and lyrics waxing about the inevitability of death certainly make "Dust in the Wind" this. Subverted by the fact that one of the guitarists had simply come up with a fingerpicking exercise on his guitar, his wife complimented him on the melody and asked what the lyrics were, and the guitarist wrote up some lyrics to fit the tune. Nobody's grandmother or puppy died in the making of this song.
-->'''Kerry Livgren:''' I thank God that it became so popular, but it was just a fingerpicking exercise.
* HardRock: When they aren't playing ProgressiveRock or symphonic rock music.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "The Spider" from ''The Point of Know Return''
* LimitedLyricsSong: "Magnum Opus" is over 8 minutes, with just this one verse surrounded by instrumental work:
-->This foolish game, is still the same
-->The notes go flying off in the air
-->And don't you believe it's true,
-->The music is all for you
-->It's really all we've got to share
-->Cause rocking and rolling,
-->It's only howling at the Moon.
-->It's only howling at the Moon.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: A box set with multiple discs (and much more music) has been released (though it's also available via digital distribution such as iTunes and Google Play Music).
* LongRunner: About to hit the 40th anniversary of their first album, and they still play songs from it.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Carry On Wayward Son".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Ranges from 1 ("Dust in the Wind") to 5 ("Carry On Wayward Son", "Portrait (He Knew)") with even a few 6's ("Lightning's Hand" comes to mind). "Icarus II" is, arguably, a 7, with two heavy metal sections.
* MoodWhiplash: The second half of ''The Point of Know Return'' goes from regal yet tragic ("Closet Chronicles") to dark and intimidating ("Lightning's Hand") to soft and philosophical ("Dust in the Wind") to serious and cynical ("Sparks of the Tempest") to light and heartbreaking ("Nobody's Home") to experiential and introspective ("Hopelessly Human").
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Vinyl Confessions'' was more arena rock oriented and lacked the violin and progressive elements from previous albums. It was also the band's first album without Steve Walsh.
** ''Power'' and ''In The Spirit Of Things'' mix the classic Kansas sound with 80's pop-rock.
* NotChristianRock: Some of Kerry Livgren's work before his spiritual rebirth follow this, most notably "Incomudro--Hymn to the Atman" from ''Song for America''.
* OrchestralBombing: Present in every song on the symphonic rock albums ''Works in Progress'' and ''Always Never the Same''. Very prevalent in "The Wall" on the former and "Miracles out of Nowhere" on the latter (not counting the non-rock sections, such as the preamble to "Song for America" or the orchestral, instrumental medley of Kansas songs), with both originally violin-heavy songs having [[UpToEleven even more violin usage]] plus other classical instruments.
* PowerBallad: They have a lot of these. Notable examples include "Dust in the Wind", "Hold On", " Play the Game Tonight", "The Wall", and "All I Wanted".
* ProgressiveRock: Perhaps most famous example to come from the United States.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure / RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The king in "Closet Chronicles" was one before becoming a recluse.
--> Once proud and full of passion, he fought the cause of man.
--> Many people loved his courage, many followed his command.
--> He changed the old into the new, and the course of things to come.
--> And then one day they noticed, he was gone.
* RefrainFromAssuming: Its "Carry On Wayward Son", not "Carry On My Wayward Son".
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their debut album.
* SequelSong: "Carry On Wayward Son" was written as one to "The Pinnacle".
** "Mysteries and Mayhem" and "The Pinnacle" were once one song before they were split apart, meaning that "Mysteries and Mayhem" leads to "The Pinnacle" leads to "Carry On Wayward Son"
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzg3DFsnH3I This]] video does a good job of recombining "Mysteries and Mayhem" and "The Pinnacle" into one song.
* SingleStanzaSong: "Can I Tell You", gutsily released as their first single ''and'' the first song on their first album.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Works in Progress" and "Always Never the Same" are much, much more symphonic than most of their work. (Normally, their style limits it to a few instruments not associated with non-progressive rock such as a violin, saxophone, or flute.)
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Billy Greer on "Look at the Time" on ''Somewhere to Elsewhere'' and "Summer" on ''The Prelude Implicit'', his only lead vocals in studio (see Vocal Tag Team). Robby Steinhardt has stepped away from the band on a full time basis, but does show up to sing and play violin on a couple of shows per tour.
* UncommonTime: Many of their songs, and they can get ridiculous at times. "The Spider", for example, begins in 11/16 and goes just about everywhere from there.
** There's also "Miracles out of Nowhere", which follows a seemingly random pattern consisting of 4/4, 7/8, 9/8, 11/8, and 13/8 in the intro. There's also an instrumental break halfway through the song that is in 7/8 before a reprise of the intro.
** "Point of Know Return" changes time signatures liberally. Verses have 4+4+4+3/4 while choruses have 7+7+4+4/4. There are some measures of straight 4/4 before the choruses.
* UpdatedRerelease: Some of their albums have been remastered over the years. Although ''The Best of Kansas'' cut "Perfect Lover", later releases added a bit more in return.
** Rereleases of their live album ''Two for the Show'' have added almost twice the songs to the album.
* VocalTagTeam: Happens on most of their albums. Steve Walsh has sung the majority of the band's output (including all of the hits when he was a member of the band), but Robby Steinhardt has had a role in many of their other well-known songs, such as "Down the Road" and "Miracles out of Nowhere". ''Vinyl Confessions'' was an Elefante/Steinhardt tag team as well. With Steve Walsh retiring and Robby Steinhardt amicably splitting from the band, the team is now carried by Walsh's replacement Ronnie Platt and bassist Billy Greer, usually singing Steve and Robby's parts respectively (except, of course, those concerts where Robby comes back for a couple of songs).
* WeirdMoon: The man on the front of the cover of ''Monolith'' has an ''enormous'' moon in the sky behind him.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: The name of the song "Point of Know Return" and the album ''There's Know Place like Home'' intentionally misspell "no".