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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140 33
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The Rolling Stones

2
129 28
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The Doors

3
79 16
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4
101 25
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5
66 16
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Tom Islava added The Beatles

6
62 18
Maxwell's Silver Hammer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness

7
76 27
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punksnotdead added Cypress Hill

8
87 64
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Ozzy Osbourne

9
71 27
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Alice Cooper

10
58 18
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Metallica

11
50 12
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JosephJustice added Talking Heads

12
48 11
Lady Godiva's Operation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Kassie Lanzarotta added

The Velvet Underground

13
116 90
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Green Day

14
52 33
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David Bowie

15
121 73
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Katie Pentecost added Melanie Martinez

16
69 37
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pierre-kezdy added Black Sabbath

17
69 56
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Gnarls Barkley

18
39 13
Paralyzed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Kassie Lanzarotta added

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy

19
36 13
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Ministry and Co-Conspirators

20
46 23
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Syd Barrett

21
39 30
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Pearl Jam

22
34 22
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Foster the People

23
19 18
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The Smiths

24
67 59
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Pink Floyd

25
40 32
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LakespurRoca added Evanescence

26
34 27
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Matchbox Twenty

27
36 28
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lucyheartfilia25 added halsey

28
35 44
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Heart

29
36 30
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punksnotdead added Metallica

30
27 25
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31
16 33
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Billy Joel

32
3 0
I'm Gonna Show You Crazy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness

33
6 3
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BrendonSmith added Queen

34
22 27
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Suicidal Tendencies

35
29 36
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Cypress Hill

36
12 27
Flag Pole Sitta is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Lady Boner added Harvey Danger

37
31 40
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Aerosmith

38
4 4
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kcd1961 added Pink Floyd

39
0 0
I Wanna Get Better is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
fschaffzin added

40
20 28
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41
7 25
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42
15 24
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William Skok added Tool

43
1 5
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Pavementor added Controller 7 -

Artery

44
16 28
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Aerosmith

45
7 14
Sweating Bullets is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Chris Laferte added Megadeth

46
12 24
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Puddle of Mudd

47
9 18
Can I Play With Madness is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
punksnotdead added Iron Maiden

48
6 14
Insane is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
punksnotdead added Therapy?

49
14 28
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Anthrax

50
11 25
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Fine Young Cannibals