"Dust in the Wind" is a hit single released by the American progressive rock band Kansas in 1977. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of April 22, 1978, making it Kansas' only top ten Billboard Hot 100 charting single. Written by Kerry Livgren, it was one of the band's first acoustic tracks; its slow melody and melancholy lyrics differ from their other hits, such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "The Wall". The song's instrumental bridge contains a distinctive and highly memorable melodic line for solo viola played by Robby Steinhardt Kansas also released a live version of the song on their album Two for the Show. The song's guitar accompaniment, commonly believed to be a single twelve-string guitar, is actually two six-string guitars played in unison, with one guitar in Nashville tuning. The 45-rpm single was certified gold for sales of one million units by the RIAA shortly after the height of its popularity as a hit single. More than 25 years later, the RIAA certified gold the digital download format of the song, Kansas's only single so certified as of September 17, 2008.