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.

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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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143 34
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The Rolling Stones

2
81 16
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3
130 29
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The Doors

4
103 26
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5
67 17
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Tom Islava added The Beatles

6
89 64
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Ozzy Osbourne

7
73 27
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Alice Cooper

8
78 28
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punksnotdead added Cypress Hill

9
62 19
Maxwell's Silver Hammer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness

10
60 18
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Metallica

11
52 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
117 91
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Green Day

14
125 74
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Katie Pentecost added Melanie Martinez

15
53 34
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David Bowie

16
70 38
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
pierre-kezdy added Black Sabbath

17
70 56
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Gnarls Barkley

18
37 13
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Ministry and Co-Conspirators

19
48 23
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Syd Barrett

20
39 14
Paralyzed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Insanity & Mental Illness
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The Legendary Stardust Cowboy

21
39 31
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Pearl Jam

22
37 23
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Foster the People

23
19 19
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The Smiths

24
68 60
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Pink Floyd

25
36 27
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Matchbox Twenty