100 Best Songs About Diseases

Updated on April 16, 2020
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I have been an online writer for over four years. I am passionate about books, philosophy, music, and the music industry.

Lyrics about illness and disease are more common than you'd think. Let these fabulous songs help you in times of need.
Lyrics about illness and disease are more common than you'd think. Let these fabulous songs help you in times of need. | Source

There are a number of great singers and songwriters who have written thoughtful and moving songs about disease. Many of these songs stem from either the artist's life experiences or are motivated by a strong desire to bring about awareness. A number of different musicians have conveyed beautiful messages about healing and overcoming the loss of a loved one to a disease.

The list below showcases an epic number of songs associated with diseases, illnesses, disorders, sickness, viruses, plagues, epidemics, pandemics, and catastrophic conditions. If you feel strongly about certain medical conditions, feel free to share your opinions in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Songs About Diseases

  1. “In My Blood”—Shawn Mendes
  2. “So Unfair”—Korn
  3. “Her Diamonds”—Rob Thomas
  4. “Myxomatosis”—Radiohead
  5. “Lithium”—Nirvana
  6. “Down With Disease”—Phish
  7. “Streets of Philadelphia”—Bruce Springsteen
  8. “Won’t Stop Running”—A Great Big World
  9. “Industrial Disease”—Dire Straits
  10. “The HIV Song”—Ween

Best Songs About Diseases #11—20

11. “Chandelier”—Sia

12. “Until It Sleeps”—Metallica

13. “Spreading the Disease”—Queensryche

14. “Nobody’s Empire”—Belle and Sebastian

15. “Spasticus Autisticus”—Ian Dury

16. “Anna’s Song”—Open Fire

17. “Disease”—Matchbox 20

18. “Anyone”—Demi Lovato

19. “Mystery Disease”—MGMT

20. “The Vampyre of Time and Memory”—Queens of the Stone Age

Music is a great way to honor those who risk their health to help conquer diseases.
Music is a great way to honor those who risk their health to help conquer diseases. | Source

Best Songs About Diseases #21—40

21. “Chemo Limo”—Regina Spektor

22. “Hard Life”—Brad Paisley

23. “Soon You’ll Get Better”—Taylor Swift

24. “To Rid the Disease”—Opeth

25. “Spreading the Disease”—Anthrax

26. “Fully Alive”—Flyleaf

27. “Dance Macabre”—Ghost

28. “Manic Depression”—The Jimi Hendrix Experience

29. “Disease of Conceit”—Bob Dylan

30. “Shadows”—Ryan Adams

31. “Clairvoyant Disease”—Avenged Sevenfold

32. “Brain Damage”—Pink Floyd

33. “Sweet Victory”—Trip Lee

34. “The Lights and Buzz”—Jack’s Mannequin

35. “Another Invented Disease”—Manic Street Preachers

36. “She Misses Him”—Tim Rushlow

37. “Chemo Hero”—Dolly Parton

38. “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence”—Dream Theater

39. “Doctor to My Disease”—Jethro Tull

40. “Green Disease”—Pearl Jam

Songs About Illness

Songs about different types of illness have had a profound influence on the public's perception of illness and disease. There have been moving songs about disease written for every genre. Many artists have written amazing poetic lyrics about their experiences battling disease or serious illness.

Music can help us remember that life's still beautiful, even when our loved ones are going through awful experiences.
Music can help us remember that life's still beautiful, even when our loved ones are going through awful experiences. | Source

Best Songs About Diseases #41—60

41. “’92 Weird Diseases”—The Magnetic Fields

42. “Social Disease”—Bon Jovi

43. “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”—Martina McBride

44. “The Disease of the Dancing Cats”—Bush

45. “Breathin'”—Ariana Grande

46. “Caves”—Jack’s Mannequin

47. “Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)”—Ween

48. “Tomorrow Wendy”—Concrete Blonde

49. “Oh My Soul”—Casting Crowns

50. “Cancer”—My Chemical Romance

51. “Girlfriend in a Coma”—The Smiths

52. “Cancer for the Cure”—Eels

53. “You Contra Ti”—Daddy Yankee

54. “Kindly Calm Me Down”—Meghan Taylor

55. “Cancer”—Filter

56. “Anxiety”—Julia Michaels

57. “Thief”—Our Lady Peace

58. “Arose”—Eminem

59. “Cardiac Arrest”—Madness

60. “Killing Strangers”—Marilyn Manson

Songs About Medical Conditions

Many songs tell personal stories about varied medical conditions. These songs have appealed to people who made sacrifices to care for individuals with chronic diseases.

These songs will make you feel hopeful.
These songs will make you feel hopeful. | Source

Best Songs About Diseases #61—80

61. “T.B. Blues”—Jimmie Rodgers

62. “Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)"—Scatman John

63. “The Last Song”—Elton John

64. “4st 7lb”—Manic Street Preachers

65. “Boy Blue”—Cyndi Lauper

66. “Gasoline”—Halsey

67. “Avalanche”—Bring Me The Horizon

68. “Touch Me I’m Sick”—Mudhoney

69. “The Hell Song”—Sum 41

70. “Poison Ivy”—The Coasters

71. “Digging Your Scene”—The Blow Monkeys

72. “Holding Up the Sky”—Mary Chapin Carpenter

73. “Crowded Places”—Banks

74. “Atrocity Exhibition”—Joy Division

75. “Insomnia”—Faithless

76. “Mary’s Eyes”—Tori Amos

77. “Social Disease”—Elton John

78. “Your Disease”—Saliva

79. “Waterfalls”—TLC

80. “Bi-Polar Bear”—Stone Temple Pilots

Songs About Sickness

Some songs convey the feeling of jubilation that comes from conquering an illness. These songs help us smile as we overcome our sicknesses. Certain singers and songwriters are great at describing the brutal truth of what it's like to live with a chronic condition.

These songs will help you remember that you are not alone when you are sick.
These songs will help you remember that you are not alone when you are sick. | Source

Best Songs About Diseases #81—100

81. “A Little Bit Longer”—Jonas Brothers

82. “Even My Dad Does Sometimes”—Ed Sheeran

83. “Confusion”—Metallica

84. “In the Blood”—Better Than Ezra

85. “Less Than You Think”—Wilco

86. “Gone too Soon”—Michael Jackson

87. “No More Rain”—Kylie Minogue

88. “Being Boring”—Pet Shop Boys

89. “Head Above Water”—Avril Lavigne

90. “Make It Go Away (Radiation Song)”—Sheryl Crow

91. “Heal Me”—Snow Patrol

92. “Mouth Mantra”—Bjork

93. “Away From the Sun”—Depression

94. “I Think I’m Going Bald”—Rush

95. “Dear Agony”—Breaking Benjamin

96. “Infectious Hospital Waste”—Demolition Hammer

97. “Ballad of the Boy in Red Shoes”—Elton John

98. “Medical Love Song”—Monty Python

99. “65 Roses”—Lee J Collier

100. “November Spawned a Monster”—Morrissey

Songs About Mental Illness

Many songs beautifully highlight the challenges of living with a mental illness. Songs about depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, alcohol use disorders, and addictive behaviors have appealed to a wide-genre of music fans. These songs perfectly demonstrate the trauma, pain, and suffering that family and friends go through when caring for an individual with a mental illness.

Some singers and songwriters have written incredible songs about substance abuse disorders. These songs explore the stigma and discrimination people with mental illnesses face. Themes of social isolation are prevalent throughout these songs.

These songs will help you get through the COVID-19 crisis.
These songs will help you get through the COVID-19 crisis. | Source

Other Notable Songs About Diseases

  • “The Hospital Song”—10cc
  • “Love Is My Disease”—Alicia Keys
  • “The Spiderbite Song”—The Flaming Lips
  • “I Can’t Feel”—Yours Truly
  • “Argyria”—Esben and the Witch
  • “Silent House”—Dixie Chicks
  • “Water on Glass”—Kim Wilde
  • “Cool Zombie”—Adam Ant
  • “This Disease”—Gary Numan
  • “Heaven Can Wait”—Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • “She’s With Me”—Collin Raye
  • “Double Vision”—Foreigner
  • “Cut Out the Disease”—Saxon
  • “Wave”—Beck
  • “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”—Geto Boys
  • “Broken Heart’s Disease”—MxPx
  • “Head Underwater”—Jenny Lewis
  • “Anysound”—The Vines
  • “Beautiful Disease”—Duff McKagan
  • “Sign o’ the Time”—Prince
  • “Fear Is the Key”—Iron Maiden
  • “Constant Motion”—Dream Theater
  • “The Disease”—Anti-Flag
  • “Don’t Hold Your Breath”—Athlete
  • “Show Yourself”—Mastodon
  • “All Fall Down”—California Breed
  • “Castle”—Eminem
  • “Watching Him Fade Away”—Mac DeMarco
  • “Broken Wings”—Anastacia
  • “For a Friend”—The Communards
  • “Dr. Yang”—Ben Folds
  • “Christine”—Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • “Wonder”—Natalie Merchant
  • “Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls”—Book of Love
  • “Adam’s Song”—Blink-182
  • “Fourth of July”—Sufjan Stevens
  • “Diced Pineapples”—Rick Ross

Songs About Viruses

Songs about deadly viruses, plagues, epidemics, and pandemics are exceedingly popular in heavy metal music. Certain heavy metal bands write macabre lyrics, often dealing with gore, pestilence, and plagues. While these songs explore doomsday theories about the world ending by plague and disease, the lyrics are written in a thought-provoking manner. A number of these extreme metal bands are known for having gory cover art that often includes rotting corpses. That said, they often use these terrifying images with the intention of raising awareness and calling out society's ills.

Keeping yourself safe is the best way to keep others safe during a viral pandemic.
Keeping yourself safe is the best way to keep others safe during a viral pandemic. | Source
  • “I Got It From Agnes”—Tom Lehrer
  • “Crabsody in Blue”—AC/DC
  • “Everyday Boy”—Joan Armatrading
  • “Bad Case of Loving You”—Robert Palmer
  • “C.A.N.C.E.R.”—Architects
  • “Why Does It Hurt When I Pee”—Frank Zappa
  • “Dramamine”—Modest Mouse
  • “I’ve Still Got My Health”—Cole Porter
  • “Sing”—Annie Lennox
  • “Avant Gardner”—Courtney Barnett
  • “She Thinks His Name Was John”—Reba McEntire
  • “Black Lung Heartache”—Joe Bonamassa
  • “Catch My Disease”—Ben Lee
  • “Summer Girl”—Haim
  • “Werewolves of London”—Warren Zevon
  • “Basket”—Dan Mangan
  • “Happy Being Me”—Angie Stone
  • “Take Me (As You Found Me)”—Anberlin
  • “Journal for Plague Lovers”—Manic Street Preachers
  • “Forever Changed”—Carrie Underwood
  • “Window of Hope”—Oleta Adams
  • “Sultan’s Curse”—Mastodon
  • “The Pop Singer’s Fear of the Pollen Count”—The Divine Comedy
  • “Jo Jo the Dog Faced Boy”—Annette Funicello
  • “Conquer the World”—Jessie J
  • “I Try to Talk to You”—Hercules & Love Affair
  • “He’s My Son”—Mark Schultz
  • “Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine”—The White Stripes
  • “Bleeding Heart Disease”—NOFX
  • “Take My Place”—Lily Allen
  • “She’s Falling Apart”—Lisa Loeb
  • “White Light”—George Michael
  • “Jugband Bues”—Pink Floyd
  • “Symptom of Terminal Illness”—The Dillinger Escape Plan
  • “Emotion Sickness”—Silverchair
  • “Stink-Foot”—Frank Zappa
  • “Clouds”—Zach Sobiech

  • “Psycho Suicidal Girl”—Ryan Star
  • “Unbroken”—Bon Jovi
  • “Annie”—Vanessa Carlton
  • “Hold On”—Korn
  • “Supernatural”—Flyleaf
  • “Without You”—For King & Country featuring Courtney
  • “Decapitation Blues”—Clutch
  • “Sugarcane”—Sleigh Bells
  • “World Ablaze”—Big Sean
  • “Carolyn”—Black Veil Brides
  • “48 Crash”—Suzi Quatro
  • “Roll on the Day”—Allan Taylor
  • “Killing a Little Time”—David Bowie
  • “The Sound of Failure”—The Flaming Lips
  • “Picture Me in a Hospital”—Babyshambles
  • “Worthless Words”—Tom Chaplin
  • “Read My Lips (Enough is Enough)”—Jimmy Somerville
  • “The Great Unknown”—Rob Thomas
  • “Bigger Than This”—Jo Dee Messina
  • “Disease”—Beartooth
  • “Sweet Victory”—Trip Lee
  • “Hypermisophoniac”—Jack White
  • “A.U.I.T.I.S.M”—Cupcakke
  • “Tied Together With a Smile”—Taylor Swift
  • “Harvey Bodine”—Brad Paisley
  • “You Have Been Loved”—George Michael
  • “Trying to Kill M.E.”—The Streets
  • “One Last Christmas”—Matthew West
  • “Happiness Is the Road”—Marillion
  • “Laughter Is the Best Medicine”—Cass McCombs
  • “Infected”—Bad Religion
  • “Stand Up”—Jessie. J
  • “The Clincher”—Chevelle
  • “Out of My Mind”—The Killers
  • “Doctor Alibi”—Slash
  • “Poison Tree”—Beth Orton
  • “He’s Still Here”—Chris August
  • “God’s Will”—Martina McBride

  • “Yellow Is the Color of Her Eyes”—Soccer Mommy
  • “Together Again”—Janet Jackson
  • “Shake the Disease”—Depeche Mode
  • “The Disease”—Echo & the Bunnymen
  • “Brain Stew/Jaded”—Green Day
  • “Praise You in This Storm”—Casting Crowns
  • “The Jack”—AC/DC
  • “Spaceship”—The Vines
  • “I Hate Myself and I Want to Die”—Nirvana
  • “Epiphany”—Stained
  • “Suzie Hold On”—Saxon
  • “Dead Set on Living”—Cancer Bats
  • “A Match Into Water”—Pierce the Veil
  • “Hospital Beds”—Cold War Kids
  • “Skin (Sarabeth)”—Rascal Flatts
  • “Tropic of Cancer”—Panda Bear
  • “Miss America”—Styx
  • “Tales of Woe”—Leslie West
  • “Stand”—Lenny Kravitz
  • “I Am the Disease”—Suicide Silence
  • “Back of My Hand”—Ron Sexsmith
  • “Sound-A-Sleep”—Blondie
  • “Learning to Live”—Dream Theater
  • “Even If”—MercyMe
  • “Permanent”—David Cook
  • “The Girl Who Was Born Without a Face”—Schoolyard Heroes
  • “All You Need Is Love”—The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
  • “Retarded”—The Afghan Whigs
  • “Pain”—Of Mice & Men
  • “Dizzy”—Tommy Roe
  • “Socio”—Stone Sour
  • “Compound Fracture”—My Morning Jacket
  • “Gonna Miss You When You’re Gone”—Patty Griffin
  • “Speechless”—Lady Gaga
  • “Proof of Love”—Paul Simon
  • “It’s not Over Yet”—For King & Country
  • “Anti-D”—The Wombats
  • “Brompton Cocktail”—Avenged Sevenfold

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