There's a fine line between genius and insanity, and some of the greatest songwriters to ever live have walked this line. In addition, the subject of mental illness has inspired many great songs.
For this playlist I focused exclusively on Classic Rock, and have come up with 30 tracks that speak about, or have been inspired by some form of mental disease.
Medical science has made great strides in understanding and treating mental illness in the past decade. However, it's still behind in relation to advances in the treatment of other medical conditions. Today there are 374 recognized mental illnesses, and major mental illness includes clinical depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. These four major areas of disease account for the highest percentage of disability in the United States, even over cancer and heart disease.
At just over 2 hours, this playlist reveals attitudes about mental illness within the world of classic rock and includes the likes of Pink Floyd, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Cheap Trick, David Bowie, Queen, The Police, Janis Joplin, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Grateful Dead, The Guess Who and many more.
28. Drive - The Cars
- mental illness