Starting in 1992, October 10 has been known as World Mental Health Day. Started by the folks at the World Federation For Mental Health, it's a day that helps promote awareness and education of depression and other mental health illnesses.
It's one of those "days" that isn't nearly as big as those that involve talking like a pirate and/or drinking.
It's not surprising most references to mental health in music are fairly silly or melodramatic. One can go as far back as 1966's "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!" to see a song that doesn't treat being mentally ill as particularly serious.
In the course of music history, "Crazy" is a word that gets thrown around a lot and is the title to some of the best songs in rock and pop music. But which "Crazy" is the best?
Wonder no more: Here are the Top 5 "Crazy"s of all time.
(Writer's Note: Mental Health, in particular depression, is a serious issue. There are plenty of resources available on the Internet to those who suffer from these issues or know someone who does. Don't be afraid to get help. Be understanding of those who suffer from it. We're all in this together, you know?)
5. Aerosmith, "Crazy" (1994) What Seems To Be The Problem?: "Doctor, my lady friend doesn't play nice."
You can tell Steven Tyler has it bad in this song because it's heavy on the harmonica. While not the biggest track of the band's career, it was their last great single before becoming pure schlock with singles like "Pink" and "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing".
The song, like many others on this list, is probably best known for its music video. A classic for most males going through adolescence at the time of its release, the video is far and away the best to feature a creepy (and useless) gas station attendant and a tractor that may have a mind of its own.
4. Britney Spears, "(You Drive Me) Crazy" (1999) What Seems To Be The Problem?: "Doctor, being in love has given me insomnia."
Although she's spent much of the time since then as tabloid fodder, back at the time of this song's release Britney Spears was just a girl who occasionally hung out with Melissa Joan Hart and only had one Top 10 hit. Even with a major marketing machine behind her some still wondered if she was just another flash in the pan.
This song solidified her place in the pop-music landscape. There would be more songs and more hits, she'd lose some hair and grow it back, people would say things about her and some would suggest we leave her alone, and eventually she'd end up a reality-show judge.
Why hasn't this song gotten a sequel?