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The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness 

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Updated April 18, 2020 8.4k votes 999 voters 47.5k views 96 items

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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Green Day
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Ozzy Osbourne
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Alice Cooper
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The Doors
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The Rolling Stones
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David Bowie
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Pink Floyd
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Metallica
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Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pierre-kezdy added Black Sabbath
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Maxwell's Silver Hammer ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
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Gnarls Barkley
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Foster the People
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Syd Barrett
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Pearl Jam
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Heart
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Aerosmith
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Katie Pentecost added Melanie Martinez
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Tom Islava added The Beatles
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The Smiths
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Matchbox Twenty
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LakespurRoca added Evanescence
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punksnotdead added Cypress Hill
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JosephJustice added Talking Heads