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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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Mark Lanzarotta added People Are Strange The Doors

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Katie Pentecost added Mad Hatter Melanie Martinez

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Basket Case Green Day

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(Don't Fear) The Reaper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added (Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult

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They're Coming To Take Me Away is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added They're Coming To Take Me Away (Ha Ha!) Napoleon XIV

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Maxwell's Silver Hammer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Maxwell's Silver Hammer The Beatles

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All the Madmen David Bowie

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Mark Lanzarotta added Jeremy Pearl Jam

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Tom Islava added Nowhere Man The Beatles

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Fool on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Fool on the Hill The Beatles

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Mark Lanzarotta added Crazy Patsy Cline

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Mark Lanzarotta added Aqualung Jethro Tull

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punksnotdead added Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill

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Ballad Of Dwight Fry Alice Cooper

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Midnight Rambler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Midnight Rambler The Rolling Stones

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Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne

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Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pierre-kezdy added Paranoid Black Sabbath

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Mark Lanzarotta added Psychotic Reaction Count Five

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Teenage Lobotomy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Teenage Lobotomy Ramones

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Mack the Knife is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Mack the Knife Bobby Darin

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Lady Godiva's Operation is listed (or ranked) 24 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 Gnarls Barkley

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Bad Brain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Bad Brain Ramones

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Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment Ramones

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Garbage Dump is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Garbage Dump Charles Manson

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Crazy Arms is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Crazy Arms Jerry Lee Lewis

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Pink Elephants On Parade HD is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Pink Elephants On Parade HD Dumbo

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Brain Damage Pink Floyd

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You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gori... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla) The Dickies

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I'd Rather Have a Bottle in Fr... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added I'd Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me (Than a Frontal Lobotomy) Randy Hanzlick M.D.

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Dachau Blues is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Dachau Blues Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - About the very worst madness.

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Mental Patient is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Mental Patient Dee Dee Ramone

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Madness is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Madness Madness

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Paralyzed is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Kassie Lanzarotta added Paralyzed The Legendary Stardust Cowboy

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The Ballad of Charles Whitman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added The Ballad of Charles Whitman Kinky Friedman - Frightening!

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Happy Valley Demo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Happy Valley Demo Joe Meek

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Cherry Blossom Clinic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Cherry Blossom Clinic (Revisited) The Move

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Psalm 69 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Psalm 69 Ministry - The video is a must-see ( fan made music video)

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Springtime for Hitler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Springtime for Hitler Mel Brooks

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Crazy Man Crazy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Crazy Man Crazy Bill Haley, Bill Haley & His Comets

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Woo-Woo (The Hare-um Scare-um ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Woo-Woo (The Hare-um Scare-um Song) Bugs Bunny

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I'm Shaft (You Ain't Shaft) is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added I'm Shaft (You Ain't Shaft) R.B. Freeman

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pa... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part One) Pink Floyd

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Dark Globe Syd Barrett

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Merry-Go-Round is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Merry-Go-Round Wild Man Fischer

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Enter Sandman Metallica

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Every Day Is Halloween Ministry and Co-Conspirators