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Acoustic Insanity

As they say, there's a fine line between genius and insanity. Many inspired songs have been written about madness, sometimes from a first person perspective. The number of musicians stricken by mental illness is large enough to fill volumes, and just about every genre you can think of has touched on the subject in song.

This playlist includes only acoustic-based songs about, or inspired by mental illness. The acoustic instrumentation helps give the playlist a more laid back and reflective vibe, but the unsettling undercurrent makes for a mostly melancholy listen with a few exceptions.

Please add any acoustic-heavy songs about madness that I have missed to the comments.

And some other lists to consider are the Top 10 songs about mental illness and songs by artists with mental illness.

The Acoustic Insanity Playlist

1. River Man - Nick Drake

2. Sad Lisa - Cat Stevens

3. After All - Dar Williams

4. She's Losing It - Belle & Sebastian 

5. Vincent - Don McLean 

6. Out The Window - The Violent Femmes

7. Carrying Cathy - Ben Folds

8. Everybody's Talkin' - Harry Nilsson 

9. Crazy - Barenaked Ladies

10. Cracking - Suzanne Vega

11. Twisted - Joni Mitchell

12. Sunny Skies - James Taylor 

13. Bipolar - Sam Barron

14. Crazy Man Michael - Sandy Denny 

15. Medicine Bottle - Red House Painters

16. Zoloft - Drive-By Truckers 

17. Electro-Shock Blues - Eels

18. Crazy - Patsy Cline

19. Mother - Pink Floyd 

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