Metal songs about insanity take many forms. Each of these songs tells a different, unique story of someone who is dealing with mental illness – though the reasons for it are varied. These are some of the best metal songs about craziness. You’ll note that a lot of metal icons have insanity metal songs. Black Sabbath/Ozzy, Metallica, and certainly Megadeth. At one point or another, members of these groups have either struggled with mental illness or addiction issues, and the songs that came out as a result are powerful.
Some of these metal songs about being crazy deal with a person feeling like they’re out of control. Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” is a prime example. In this song, the singer is well aware he’s losing his mind and “going off the rails.”
Perhaps one of the most powerful songs on this list of heavy metal songs about insanity is Alice Cooper’s “Ballad of Dwight Fry.” It is a powerful look into the mind of a man struggling with mental illness. Dwight Fry is an inpatient in a mental hospital, watching his life and mind slip away with each day that passes. He’s paranoid, claustrophobic, depressed, delusional and most likely psychotic.
Whether the cases of mental distress they describe are real or imaginary, there's no denying that these songs stay with you. Vote for your top choices, and add any great songs about insanity that are missing.
1 62 9 Paranoid Black Sabbath
2 53 13 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Metallica
3 42 11 Sweating Bullets Megadeth
4 49 18 Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
5 33 9 Madhouse Anthrax
6 32 9 Institutionalized Suicidal Tendencies
7 31 14 Schism Tool
8 29 13 Coming Undone Korn
9 25 12 Man on the Edge Iron Maiden
10 20 10 Criminally Insane Slayer
11 12 4 oldschoolrockisthebest added Can You Hear Them? Ozzy Osbourne -
12 21 14 Psycho System of a Down
13 23 16 Ballad Of Dwight Fry Alice Cooper
14 17 11 Eyes Of The Insane Slayer
15 14 9 The Right to Go Insane Megadeth
16 18 15 Asylum Disturbed
17 14 11 Hammer Smashed Face Cannibal Corpse
18 9 6 Insane Obituary
19 12 10 Heirate Mich Rammstein
20 7 5 oldschoolrockisthebest added Inmates (We're All Crazy) Alice Cooper -