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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153 34
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The Rolling Stones

2
135 29
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The Doors

3
85 18
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4
104 27
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5
69 17
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Tom Islava added The Beatles

6
91 65
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Ozzy Osbourne

7
74 28
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Alice Cooper

8
78 29
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punksnotdead added Cypress Hill

9
62 20
Maxwell's Silver Hammer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness

10
62 20
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Metallica

11
53 12
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JosephJustice added Talking Heads

12
49 12
Lady Godiva's Operation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
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The Velvet Underground

13
123 93
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Green Day

14
133 77
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Katie Pentecost added Melanie Martinez

15
75 38
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pierre-kezdy added Black Sabbath

16
54 35
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David Bowie

17
74 56
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Gnarls Barkley

18
52 23
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Syd Barrett

19
40 14
Paralyzed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy

20
37 14
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Ministry and Co-Conspirators

21
41 31
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Pearl Jam

22
39 24
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Foster the People

23
21 19
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The Smiths

24
43 29
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lucyheartfilia25 added halsey

25
71 60
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Pink Floyd