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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
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The Doors
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Tom Islava added The Beatles
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Ozzy Osbourne
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JosephJustice added Talking Heads
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Maxwell's Silver Hammer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
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Metallica
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Katie Pentecost added Melanie Martinez
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Alice Cooper
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Green Day
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punksnotdead added Cypress Hill
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Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pierre-kezdy added Black Sabbath
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Lady Godiva's Operation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
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The Velvet Underground

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David Bowie
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Gnarls Barkley
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Syd Barrett
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Foster the People
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Ministry and Co-Conspirators
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Paralyzed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy

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Pearl Jam
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Pink Floyd
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The Smiths
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Matchbox Twenty