Metal The Best Metal Songs About Insanity  

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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.

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Black Sabbath

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Megadeth

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49 18
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Ozzy Osbourne

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33 9
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Anthrax

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32 9
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Suicidal Tendencies

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31 14
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Tool

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29 13
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Iron Maiden

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Can You Hear Them? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Insanity
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Ozzy Osbourne

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System of a Down

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Alice Cooper

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Disturbed

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14 11
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Cannibal Corpse

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Obituary

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12 10
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Rammstein

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7 5
Inmates (We're All Crazy) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Insanity
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Alice Cooper

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Evanescence

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Visions King's X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Insanity
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Coma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Insanity
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Guns N Roses

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Both of Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Insanity
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Annihilator

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Visions King's X is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Insanity
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Savatage

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2 6
Damage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Songs About Insanity
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Queensryche

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Mudvayne

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Three Days Grace