20 Songs About Losing Your Mind

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Written By Julia Mehalko

Julia is a music journalist with a passion for retro songs. She holds a degree in journalism from University of Nevada.

If you’re looking for songs about losing your mind, this list has you covered.

Below, we’ve listed 20 great songs about losing your mind, all in a variety of different genres!

1. “I’m Losin It” by 2Pac

2Pac’s 1997 song “I’m Losin It” discusses losing one’s mind, as well as a variety of other things. In this song, 2Pac sings about his life, upbringing, and family. He also discusses difficult situations that lead him to feel as if he’s losing his mind.

2. “Losing My Mind” by Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth released his 2016 song “Losing My Mind” on his album Nine Track Mind. Puth talks about the pressure he feels under in this song, both in life and in a relationship. He’s come out and said that this song was the last written for his album, and he had to write it in under 12 hours — which obviously led him to feel a lot of pressure.

As a result, he felt that he was losing his mind, which is what he ended up writing about. Though much of the song feels as if he’s talking to a lover, elsewhere in the song you can notice him discussing his life and career.

3. “Losing My Mind” by Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli’s 1989 song “Losing My Mind”, which was originally written for the 1971 musical Follies, became a big hit after its release! In this song, Minnelli sings about losing her mind because she is in love. She loves someone — but she doesn’t know if this person truly loves her back.

As a result, she finds herself losing her mind. She sometimes also finds herself in a trance, thinking about this person all day long instead of doing the things she needs to do!

4. “Last Resort” by Papa Roach

Papa Roach’s 2000 hit song “Last Resort”, which appears on the band’s album Infest, also discusses losing one’s mind. This song discusses suicidal thoughts that a member of the band was unfortunately having.

Because of these thoughts, this member felt as if they were losing their mind. The band sings, “’Cause I’m losin’ my sight, losin’ my mind / Wish somebody would tell me I’m fine”.

5. “Obsessed” by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey released her hit song “Obsessed” on her 2009 album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. Carey sings about a person who is clearly obsessed with her and won’t leave her alone. She isn’t interested in this man, even though he seems to be interested (in some way) in her.

To better discuss how odd this man is with his obsession, she sings the lyrics, “You’re delusional / Boy, you’re losing your mind”.

6. “Now You’re Gone” by Whitesnake

Whitesnake’s song “Now You’re Gone”, which appears on their album Slip of the Tounge, details a breakup. The singer describes how much he misses his ex. Now that they’re apart, he realizes how much he wants his ex back. As a result of all of these emotions, he feels as if he’s losing his mind.

He sings, “Since I lost you, girl / I’ve been losing my mind / You’re all that I want”.

7. “No Distraction” by Beck

Beck’s 2017 song “No Distraction” also talks about losing your mind. In this song, Beck sings to his lover about how much he needs them in his life. He realizes that so many other aspects of his life distract him from this person — and he tries to get these distractions to stop.

However, he can’t help but feel lost because of these distractions, even though he knows he should put more energy and time into his relationship. As a result of all of these conflicting situations and feelings, he sings that he feels that he’s losing both time and his mind.

8. “Red Eye” by Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi’s 2013 song “Red Eye”, which features the band Haim, follows Cudi as he talks about many things in his life — and his feelings about them. Cudi’s a bit overwhelmed by things in this song, as his life has changed.

At the beginning of the song, he says, “Things get crazy and I feel I’m losing my mind / I don’t know what to do / I’m going insane and I really don’t know why”.

9. “Mistreated” by Deep Purple

Deep Purple released their song “Mistreated” on their 1974 album Burn. The band sings about a seemingly toxic relationship that has come to an end. Even though the singer says that he’s been mistreated by his ex, he’s still hung up over them.

As a result, he feels that he’s lost and losing his mind now that he’s alone. He sings the lyrics, “Since my baby left me, I’ve been losing my mind, you know I have”.

10. “Steppin’ Over” by Tesla

In Tesla’s song “Steppin’ Over”, the band sings about losing a romantic partner, possibly for someone else. The singer explains that their ex has decided to cross a line — which could hint at infidelity. This person wants someone else, wants the grass that is greener on the other side.

As a result of this situation, the singer says, “Then you’re losing your mind / Ain’t nobody stoppin’ you / Cross that line”. Therefore, it’s not the singer that is losing his mind. Rather, it’s his ex who is losing their mind in the process of crossing the line!

11. “I Believe In You” by Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt’s 1973 song “I Believe In You” opens with the lyrics, “Now that you find yourself losing your mind / Are you here again / Finding that what you once thought was real / Is gone and changing”.

In this song, Ronstadt is singing about issues in a relationship. The love that once was in this relationship has changed, and now Ronstadt has issues placing her partner back on a pedestal. As a result of these lyrics, it appears he has done something wrong to her.

However, even though she has issues with him, she does believe in him — and hopes they can both laugh about this one day.

12. “What Do You Do When Love Dies” by Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield’s song “What Do You Do When Love Dies”, which appears on her album Dusty in Memphis, also details losing your mind because of a romantic relationship. Springfield sings about her feelings after a relationship has come to an end.

Obviously, she’s heartbroken — and she’s searching for advice on what she should do. She sings, “What do you when love dies? / Somebody help me, I’m losing my mind”.

13. “Looking At Her” by Paul McCartney

In Paul McCartney’s 2013 song “Looking At Her”, McCartney sings about a woman who everybody stops to look at — and who everybody loves. When she walks into a room, people can’t help but stop and stare in awe.

McCartney explains that he’s also one of these people. However, because of this, he’s also losing his mind over her in the process. He sings, “She’s good, she’s kind, she’s so refined / But me, I’m losing my mind”.

14. “Cruel” by The Head and The Heart

“Cruel” by The Head and The Heart also discusses the end of a romantic relationship. In this song, the singer details how broken he feels about this relationship ending. Even though it must end, he’s not thrilled about it.

However, he also notices that his partner isn’t doing too well with the way their relationship has turned. Therefore, his partner also needs this relationship to end. The singer says, “You’re losing your mind / No hope in sight / Promise you out of this”.

15. “No Matter What You’re Told” by Broken Bells

Broken Bells released the song “No Matter What You’re Told” on the 2014 album After the Disco. While this song could be interpreted in a variety of different ways, the song is about losing hope or feeling as if you’re wasting your life.

The band sings, “So you’re picking up signs / You’re scared you might be losing your mind / And all the hopes of any shot you’ve got / Are leaving you behind”.

However, the band also says that nobody really knows anything. Plus, nothing really changes, even if people do. So, try not to feel as if you’re losing your mind and instead focus on getting a grip on your life and situation, rather than continuing to be lost at sea.

16. “Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant

Young the Giant’s 2011 hit song “Cough Syrup” details how the band felt when they weren’t signed to a label, had no big hope for the future, and didn’t know what to do with themselves. As a result of all of these feelings, they were sad and lost. They often felt as if they were losing their minds, something they detail in this song as well.

To better explain how they feel they should’ve found some level of success at this point in their career, the band sings in the chorus, “If I could find a way to see this straight / I’d run away to some fortune that / I should have found / By now”.

17. “Breakdown” by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey released her song “Breakdown” on her 1997 album Butterfly. Carey sings about the breakdown of a romantic relationship in this song. When Carey’s partner calls to tell her that they’re just not in love with her, Carey pretends this is fine — and that she feels the same way.

In reality, this is far from the truth. Carey sings the lyrics, “Well, I guess I’m trying to be nonchalant about it / And I’m going to extremes to prove I’m fine without you / But in reality I’m slowly losing my mind”.

So, she’ll act as if she too wanted this breakup. But really, she loves her ex and didn’t want to lose them. Now that she has, she feels as if she’s losing her mind.

18. “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers hit 2016 song “Don’t Let Me Down”, which features Daya, discusses a romantic relationship that may eventually end. In this song, Daya sings to her partner, explaining that she hopes they will be by her side during tough times. However, it doesn’t appear as if this may happen.

Daya sings, “I think I’m losin’ my mind now / It’s in my head, darlin’, I hope / That you’ll be here when I need you the most”.

Later in the song, however, Daya sings that she thought her partner was there by her side. In reality, they weren’t — and now she’s all alone.

19. “Angel Eyes” by Sting

Stin’s 1995 song “Angel Eyes” opens with the lines, “Have you ever had the feeling / That the worlds gone and left you behind? / Have you ever had the feeling / That you’re that close to losing your mind?”.

Later in the song, Sting sings about how unhappy he is because of the end of a romantic relationship. He feels that, even though love could be right around the corner, he won’t ever find love again.

20. “Go Quietly” by Marian Hill

Finally, let’s discuss Marian Hill’s 2018 song “Go Quietly”, which appears on her album Unusual. Hill sings about a romantic relationship that is reaching its end. However, Hill doesn’t want this relationship to end quietly, even if it really should.

She sings, “I’m losing your mind / We’ve been trying too hard”. Here, she’s explaining how she’s losing the ability to understand her partner’s mind, something she likely had no issue with before. This is just another way to see that this relationship has lost its spark.