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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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Mark Lanzarotta added People Are Strange The Doors

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Paint It Black The Rolling Stones

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Basket Case Green Day

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Katie Pentecost added Mad Hatter Melanie Martinez

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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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29 6
Nowhere Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Tom Islava added Nowhere Man The Beatles

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Mark Lanzarotta added Jeremy Pearl Jam

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33 12
They're Coming To Take Me Away is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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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Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne

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36 19
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pierre-kezdy added Paranoid Black Sabbath

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27 10
Fool on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 15 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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26 11
Midnight Rambler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Midnight Rambler The Rolling Stones

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Ballad Of Dwight Fry Alice Cooper

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Mark Lanzarotta added Psychotic Reaction Count Five

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Crazy Gnarls Barkley

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Brain Damage Pink Floyd

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24 13
Teenage Lobotomy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Teenage Lobotomy Ramones

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21 11
Mack the Knife is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Mack the Knife Bobby Darin

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15 6
Lady Godiva's Operation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Kassie Lanzarotta added Lady Godiva's Operation The Velvet Underground

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19 11
Bad Brain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Bad Brain Ramones

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25 18
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pa... is listed (or ranked) 28 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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20 13
Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment Ramones

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18 11
Garbage Dump is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Garbage Dump Charles Manson

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17 10
Pink Elephants On Parade HD is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Pink Elephants On Parade HD Dumbo

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17 10
Crazy Arms is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Crazy Arms Jerry Lee Lewis

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You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gori... is listed (or ranked) 33 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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14 8
I'd Rather Have a Bottle in Fr... is listed (or ranked) 34 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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16 11
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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16 11
Dachau Blues is listed (or ranked) 36 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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16 11
Madness is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Madness Madness

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12 7
Paralyzed is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Kassie Lanzarotta added Paralyzed The Legendary Stardust Cowboy

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15 11
Cherry Blossom Clinic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Cherry Blossom Clinic (Revisited) The Move

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15 11
Happy Valley Demo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Happy Valley Demo Joe Meek

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15 11
The Ballad of Charles Whitman is listed (or ranked) 41 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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punksnotdead added Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Metallica

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Crazy on You Heart

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Every Day Is Halloween Ministry and Co-Conspirators

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15 12
Psalm 69 is listed (or ranked) 45 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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15 12
Crazy Man Crazy is listed (or ranked) 46 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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15 12
Springtime for Hitler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Springtime for Hitler Mel Brooks

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Enter Sandman Metallica

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14 11
I'm Shaft (You Ain't Shaft) is listed (or ranked) 49 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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14 11
Woo-Woo (The Hare-um Scare-um ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Mark Lanzarotta added Woo-Woo (The Hare-um Scare-um Song) Bugs Bunny