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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The Rolling Stones

2
117 27
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The Doors

3
69 13
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4
92 23
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5
60 15
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Tom Islava added The Beatles

6
57 16
Maxwell's Silver Hammer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness

7
69 24
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punksnotdead added Cypress Hill

8
68 26
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Alice Cooper

9
43 10
Lady Godiva's Operation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Velvet Underground

10
47 16
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Metallica

11
72 60
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Ozzy Osbourne

12
39 10
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JosephJustice added Talking Heads

13
111 67
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Katie Pentecost added Melanie Martinez

14
48 31
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David Bowie

15
105 85
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Green Day

16
38 11
Paralyzed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Legendary Stardust Cowboy

17
63 35
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pierre-kezdy added Black Sabbath

18
63 51
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Gnarls Barkley

19
32 11
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Ministry and Co-Conspirators

20
43 22
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Syd Barrett

21
36 28
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Pearl Jam

22
17 16
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The Smiths

23
61 56
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Pink Floyd

24
36 31
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LakespurRoca added Evanescence

25
31 24
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lucyheartfilia25 added halsey

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31 26
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Matchbox Twenty

27
34 29
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punksnotdead added Metallica

28
23 19
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Foster the People

29
32 42
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Heart

30
15 30
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Billy Joel

31
22 22
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28 33
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Cypress Hill

33
21 25
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Suicidal Tendencies

34
28 35
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Aerosmith

35
1 0
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BrendonSmith added Queen

36
10 24
Flag Pole Sitta is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Lady Boner added Harvey Danger

37
0 0
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kcd1961 added Pink Floyd

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1 2
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Pavementor added Controller 7 - Artery

39
0 1
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JosephJustice added

40
0 2
Better is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pablovazquez added

41
0 2
jenny nothing more is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
ericw67 added

42
18 27
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15 22
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William Skok added Tool

44
7 12
Sweating Bullets is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
Chris Laferte added Megadeth

45
1 6
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The Juliana Hatfield Three

46
15 25
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Aerosmith

47
6 12
Insane is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
punksnotdead added Therapy?

48
6 23
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49
8 16
Can I Play With Madness is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
punksnotdead added Iron Maiden

50
11 22
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Fine Young Cannibals