Mental Illness The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness  

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List Rules Songs with insanity in the title are fair game, but this list focuses mainly on songs about madness or feeling crazy as a subject.

It isn't hard to find music about someone being insane or mentally ill. Take "Basket Case" by Green Day for example, or "Insane in the Membrane" by Cypress Hill. This is a ranked list of all songs about insanity, as voted on by music fans like you. Some of the songs included below may have the word "insane" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about insanity or mental illness as a subject or theme. The music below might remind you not to take your perfectly functioning brain for granted, as some people are struggling to control their thoughts and actions.
 
Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this music list is a great way to find some solid tracks that are thematically similar. Vote for the insanity songs that you enjoy the most, and downvote ones if you think they're not worthy of being high on the list. If one of your top songs is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for it too. Many genres of music are featured below, including rock, pop, folk, metal, and more.

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Paint It Black The Rolling Stones

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People Are Strange The Doors

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Tom Islava added Nowhere Man The Beatles

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Ballad Of Dwight Fry Alice Cooper

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Maxwell's Silver Hammer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness

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punksnotdead added Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

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Lady Godiva's Operation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Kassie Lanzarotta added Lady Godiva's Operation The Velvet Underground

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Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne

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All the Madmen David Bowie

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JosephJustice added Psycho Killer Talking Heads

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Paralyzed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Kassie Lanzarotta added Paralyzed The Legendary Stardust Cowboy

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Enter Sandman Metallica

The Best Movies About Mental Illness

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Basket Case Green Day

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Katie Pentecost added Mad Hatter Melanie Martinez

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Every Day Is Halloween Ministry and Co-Conspirators

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Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pierre-kezdy added Paranoid Black Sabbath

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Crazy Gnarls Barkley

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Dark Globe Syd Barrett

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Once Pearl Jam

The Best Performing Digital Cameras

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How Soon Is Now? The Smiths

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lucyheartfilia25 added Control halsey

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Brain Damage Pink Floyd

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LakespurRoca added Imaginary Evanescence

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punksnotdead added Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Metallica

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Crazy on You Heart

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Unwell Matchbox Twenty

How The Insanity Of The Free Concert At Altamont Killed The Summer Of Love

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Pressure Billy Joel

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Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People

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Crazy Aerosmith

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Institutionalized Suicidal Tendencies

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Flag Pole Sitta is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Lady Boner added Flag Pole Sitta Harvey Danger

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Pavementor added Unbalanced Controller 7 - Artery

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Insane in the Membrane Cypress Hill

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JosephJustice added Lunatic Fringe

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jenny nothing more is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
ericw67 added jenny nothing more

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Better is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pablovazquez added Better

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Sweating Bullets is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Chris Laferte added Sweating Bullets Megadeth

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Little Pieces The Juliana Hatfield Three

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List of Famous Prosecutors

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William Skok added Schism Tool

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Insane is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
punksnotdead added Insane Therapy?

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Toys in the Attic Aerosmith

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Madhouse Anthrax

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Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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The Lunatics (Have Taken Over ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
punksnotdead added The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum) Fun Boy Three

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Man on the Edge Iron Maiden