16. Dust in the Wind – Kansas
- #6 for 2 Weeks in 1978 (April)
- Best higher charting song: Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
- Worst higher charting song: Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow
- Top 100 #6 Hits 1955-2000 Rank: #33
Kansas' only top ten hit is the zenith of AOR trying to make meaningful singles our of philosophical tropes (or at least if you don't count Boston). Kansas was clearly a classic rock band, but their trappings were even more highfalutin than that. Indeed, Dust in the Wind may have the most notable use of violin in a pop song since maybe Yesterday. (The next years would see small strings take up more prominence as with The Devil Wen Down to Georgia and then Funkytown). The things is, this song works as a pop song, too and as a result, end up here.