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
99 21
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146 33
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The Doors
4
113 32
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79 21
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Tom Islava added The Beatles
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102 70
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Ozzy Osbourne
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62 15
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JosephJustice added Talking Heads
8
69 23
Maxwell's Silver Hammer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
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73 26
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Metallica
10
77 32
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Alice Cooper
11
134 98
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Green Day
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82 34
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punksnotdead added Cypress Hill
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147 82
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Katie Pentecost added Melanie Martinez
14
83 41
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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52 16
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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58 39
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David Bowie
17
76 62
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Gnarls Barkley
18
54 26
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Syd Barrett
19
52 26
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Foster the People
20
38 18
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Ministry and Co-Conspirators
21
41 19
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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42 36
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Pearl Jam
23
77 62
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Pink Floyd
24
24 21
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The Smiths
25
44 30
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Matchbox Twenty