113 Songs About Psychology

Updated on May 6, 2018
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FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

If you are a psychologist like I am or simply love the field and study of psychology, then this playlist is for you.  Make a psychology playlist of songs about psychological concepts.
If you are a psychologist like I am or simply love the field and study of psychology, then this playlist is for you. Make a psychology playlist of songs about psychological concepts. | Source

Mixing Music and Psychology: What Could Be Better?

I have loved the field of psychology—the study of mind and behavior—since I was a precocious 8-year-old with my own subscription to Psychology Today. Eventually, I became a psychologist myself so I could live the dream.

Psychology abounds in the music we listen to, the media that surrounds us, and our everyday lives. As you listen to popular songs, challenge yourself by noting its references to topics in psychology. Or if you teach the subject like I did in graduate school, consider using music to

  • introduce concepts before class or transition between topics
  • illustrate concepts and
  • build an awareness of psychological constructs all around us.

To get you started, here's a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs. Truly, the only thing more enjoyable than psychology is adding music to it!

Research Methods

"Don't be a novelist -- be a statistician. Much more scope for the imagination." - Darrell Huff, American writer
"Don't be a novelist -- be a statistician. Much more scope for the imagination." - Darrell Huff, American writer | Source

Yep, Psychology Uses the Scientific Method

Hell yeah, psychology is real science so stop calling it "soft" or a "pseudoscience". We use the scientific method with experiments and data collection, statistics and meta-analyses. We measure, analyze, and summarize relationships among intangibles like human emotions and attitudes rather than simple things you can pick up or measure with a ruler. Now if that's not difficult, then what is?

Start things off on this playlist with some songs that give a nod to research methods.

1. "Respect" by Aretha Franklin (1967)

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me.

For all those who chemists, physicians, and engineers who think psychology is just fluffy stuff, remind 'em with this song that hey, psychology is science too. Just because we're not using test tubes and microscopes doesn't mean we don't have research design and statistics nailed. Sing it, Aretha!

Title & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
2. She Blinded Me With Science (1982)
Thomas Dolby
research methods
3. Chances Are (1957)
Johnny Mathis
statistics
4. Take a Chance on Me (1978)
ABBA
statistics

Biopsychology

Biopsychology is concerned with how thoughts, feelings, and behavior are influenced by the brain (or specific parts of it), the nervous system, and neurotransmitters.

5. "Love on the Brain" by Rihanna (2016)

This gal's limbic system is in overdrive. (The limbic system is a collection of brain structures important to sexual and endocrine function, behavior, the sense of smell, memory, and other key functions.)

In this sexy pop song, Rihanna is "fist fighting with fire," and she's got love on the brain. Even her choice of partners may be explicable with genetics, but where's the romance in that?

Title & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
6. If You Could Read My Mind (1970)
Gordon Lightfoot
biopsychology
7. You Were Always on My Mind (1980)
Willie Nelson
biopsychology
8. Crash Course in Brain Surgery (1987)
Metallica
biopsychology
9. Brain (2014)
Banks
biopsychology
10. This Ain't No Thinkin' Thing (1997)
Trace Adkins
hemispheric lateralization
11. This Is Your Brain (1997)
Joe Diffie
biopsychology
12. If I Only Had a Brain (1939)
Ray Bolger
biopsychology
Phrenology was a 18th and 19th century theory of personality that is now discredited.  However, it contributed to modern science the idea that different parts of the brain are responsible for different processes (behaviors, thoughts, emotions).
Phrenology was a 18th and 19th century theory of personality that is now discredited. However, it contributed to modern science the idea that different parts of the brain are responsible for different processes (behaviors, thoughts, emotions). | Source

Sensation & Perception

Sensation is the body's detection of internal or external stimuli while perception uses the brain to make sense of stimuli.

13. "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash (1972)

Think of this reggae-influenced pop song as a sensation and perception classic. Now that the rain has lifted, the narrator is really stoked that his eyes see clearly. It's now a bright and sunshiny day. He's even more excited that his pain has gone. Who wouldn't love that?

Title & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
14. Pain (2002)
Johnny Cash
pain
15. Hot Hot Hot (1987)
Buster Poindexter and the Banshees
temperature
16. Doctor My Eyes (1971)
Jackson Browne
vision
17. Hurts So Good (1982)
John Cougar Mellencamp
pain
18. Hear Me (2004)
Kelly Clarkson
hearing
19. Love Hurts (1974)
Nazareth
pain
20. Private Eyes (1981)
Hall & Oates
vision
21. Listen (2006)
Beyoncé
hearing
22. Just an Illusion (2006)
Imagination
illusions
23. Perfect Illusion (2016)
Lady Gaga
illusions

Consciousness

Consciousness is a subjective awareness of oneself and the environment.

24. "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd (2015)

Somebody pinch this guy because his face has gone numb. Better yet, let's just get him into rehab because he's so high he's addressing his cocaine as if it's a lover. Drugs can induce an altered state of consciousness but so can dreaming, hypnosis, meditation, illness, and other experiences.

25. "Dream" by Imagine Dragons (2015)

The narrator in this alternative rock song is feeling solemn. He contemplates alternate states of consciousness as he wonders whether we're really just living in a dream:

We all are living in a dream,
But life ain’t what it seems.
Oh, everything’s a mess
And all these sorrows I have seen
They lead me to believe
That everything’s a mess.

Looking for more songs about dreaming? You could make a playlist out of dreaming songs alone.

Title & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
26. Dreamweaver (1975)
Gary Wright
dreaming
27. Comfortably Numb (1980)
Pink Floyd
consciousness
28. Puff the Magic Dragon (1963)
Peter, Paul & Mary
consciousness
29. Voices (2000)
Disturbed
hallucinations
30. All I Have to Do Is Dream (1970)
The Everly Brothers
dreaming

Learning and Behavior

31. "You Learn" by Alanis Morissette (1996)

There's a whole lot of learning going on in this gal's life. Actually, each of us is continually learning whether through classical conditioning, operant conditioning, or observation. The narrator of this rock song describes memorable albeit unconventional methods which have taught her what she knows today.

Title & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic(s)
31. Dinner Bell (1992)
They Might Be Giants
classical conditioning
32. Need a Little TIme Off for Bad Behavior (2014)
Whiskey Myers
learning
33. Brian Wilson (1992)
Barenaked Ladies
learning, mental illness & therapy
34. Ring My Bell (1979)
Anita Ward
learning

Memory & Intelligence

35. "(What a) Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke (1960)

The fellow in this classic pop song claims to know very little intellectually. He admits knowing next to nothing about

  • history
  • biology
  • French
  • geography
  • trigonometry or
  • algebra.

However, what he lacks in such knowledge, he more than makes up for in the arena of romance. Perhaps he's a proponent of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences?

Song & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
36. I Will Remember You (1995)
Sarah McLachlan
memory
37. The First Word in Memory Is Me (1985)
Janie Frickie
memory
38. If Drinking Don't Kill Me Her Memory Will (1981)
George Jones
memory
39. Mayor of Simpleton (1989)
XTC
intelligence
40. Smarter Than You (1979)
The Undertones
intelligence
41. (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me (1983)
Naked Eyes
memory

Motivation & Emotion

42. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams (2013)

There's nothing complicated about the way Pharrell Williams feels in this chipper pop song. He just can't help but invite you to clap along with him.

The nature of emotions, however, isn't the same as it once was believed to be. For decades, the most prominent theory of emotion held that there are six basic emotions that exist cross-culturally, each "hard-wired" by evolution: anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise.

More recently, however, new research has suggested that humans are even more basic than that. Because fear and surprise may be indistinguishable at basic levels and disgust and anger share a "danger" element, there may be only four basic emotions.

Either way, the happiness that Pharrell Williams is feeling is one of them. For songs about other emotions, check out the table below or the playlist of songs about feeling sad and crying.

43. "The Man I Want to Be" by Chris Young (2009)

The man in this country song has disappointed the woman he loves. In his weakest moment, he expresses his motivation to become a better person so that he can get his needs for affection and unconditional love met.

Song & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
44. I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1964)
The Beatles
motivation
45. You Can't Always Get What You Want (1969)
The Rolling Stones
motivation
46. What a Girl Wants (1999)
Christina Aguilera
motivation
47. I Wanna Be Rich (1989)
Calloway
motivation
48 Any Way You Want It (1979)
Journey
motivation
49. Sweet Emotion (1975)
Aerosmith
emotion
50. I Gotta Feeling (2009)
The Black Eyed Peas
emotion
51. Angry All the Time (2001)
Tim McGraw
emotion
52. Feelings (1974)
Morris Albert
emotion
53. More Than a Feeling (1976)
Boston
emotion
54. Second That Emotion (1967)
Smokey Robinson
emotion
55. Pressure (1981)
Queen
stress
56. Pressure (1982)
Billy Joel
stress
57. Stressed Out (2015)
Twenty One Pilots
stress

Cognition

Cognition refers to mental processes involved in the acquisition and comprehension of knowledge.

58. "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette (1995)

Some might call the narrator in this rock tune a Negative Nellie while others might say that she is engaged in counterfactual thinking. That's the human tendency to think of possible alternatives to life events in retrospect -- in other words the "mighta beens."

Song & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
59. Love the One You're With (1994)
Luther Vandross
cognitive dissonance
60. Should I Stay or Should I Go? (1982)
The Clash
cognitive dissonance
61. Blame It On the Rain (1989)
Milli Vanilli
attributions
62. Blame (2014)
Calvin Harris (featuring John Newman)
attributions

Personality

63. "Personality" by Lloyd Price (1959)

Forget about looks. This guy is in love with his lady friend's personality, the distinctive patterns of thinking, feeling, and behavior that make her special. He celebrates the charm, charisma, and essence of her individual differences, and he's so enthralled with her that he's willing to make a fool of himself to prove his love.

Song & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
64. I Want Your Sex (1987)
George Michael
Freud
65. I Touch Myself (1991)
Divinyls
Freud
66. Shiny Happy People (1991)
R.E.M.
personality
67. I Wanna Talk About Me (2001)
Toby Keith
personality

Psychopathology

68. "Kerosene" by Miranda Lambert (2005)

In this country ditty, Miranda Lambert's character is making some very bad choices. She's been cheated on by her lover and decides to enact revenge by lighting ablaze a trail of kerosene:

Now I don't hate the one who left
You can't hate someone who's dead.
He's out there holding on to someone, I'm holding up my smoking gun.

Something tells me she won't feel too sorry about the consequences of her action. If you're looking for other music to illustrate psychopathology, there are plenty of songs about being crazy as well as songs about substance abuse. Just for fun, play the armchair psychologist and try to figure out what's going on with the narrator in popular songs.

Song & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
69. Crazy (1961)
Patsy Cline
psychopathology
70.Schizophrenia (1987)
Sonic Youth
schizophrenia
71. They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Haaa! (1967)
Napoleon XIV
psychopathology
72. Crazy Train (1980)
Ozzy Osbourne
psychopathology
73. Obsession (1980)
Animotion
obsession
74. Basket Case (1994)
Green Day
psychopathology
75. You May Be Right (1980)
Billy Joel
psychopathology
76. Somebody's Watching Me (1984)
Rockwell
paranoia
77. Two Pina Coladas (1997)
Garth Brooks
alcohol use disorder
78. Jumper (1998)
Third Eye Blind
suicide
Psychopathology abounds in our world.   You don't have to look far for evidence of it. Suicide prevention phone numbers are posted and call boxes are provided on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia to provide a deterrent to would-be jumpers.
Psychopathology abounds in our world. You don't have to look far for evidence of it. Suicide prevention phone numbers are posted and call boxes are provided on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia to provide a deterrent to would-be jumpers. | Source

Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology is the study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development over the entirety of the lifespan, from infancy to old age.

76. "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin (1974)

From infancy through childhood and adulthood, this classic pop song describes a disjointed and distant relationship between a son and his father. Feeling role conflict, the father consistently prioritized work over family during the son's youth. Sadly, the young man learned to emulate the pattern of relational detachment in his own life.

There are lots of thoughtful songs about aging and growing older that are useful to reflect upon.

Song & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
77. Daughters (2003)
John Mayer
child development
78. The Greatest Man I Never Knew (1992)
Reba McEntire
attachment styles
79. Somebody's Hero (2005)
Jamie O'Neal
parenting styles
80. For You (2001)
Staind
parenting styles
81. Mama Tried (1968)
Merle Haggard
parenting styles

Social Psychology

Social psychology examines how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others.

82. "Who I Am" by Jessica Andrews (2000)

Who are you? We each have a personal identity as well as social and collective identities which help define how we construct ourselves. In this heartwarming country song, the narrator defines many of the roles that she fulfills in life and describes important characteristics of her self-identity:

I am Rosemary's granddaughter
The spitting image of my father
And when the day is done
My momma's still my biggest fan
Sometimes I'm clueless and I'm clumsy
But I've got friends who love me
And they know just where I stand
It's all a part of me
And that's who I am.

83. "It's Different for Girls" by Dierks Bently (featuring Elle King) (2016)

Ah, gender roles. When heartbreak happens, women cry while men sleep around and get angry. That's the point of this country song: men and women tend to handle break-ups differently. So what do you think?

Song & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
84. Milgram's 37 (We Do What We're Told) (1986)
Peter Gabriel
obedience
85. A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry (2001)
Public Announcement
gender roles
86. Authority Song (1983)
John Cougar Mellencamp
obedience
87. Lola (1970)
The Kinks
gender identity
88. B*tch (Nothing In Between) (1997)
Meredith Brooks
self-identity/gender roles
89. Androgyny (2001)
Garbage
gender identity
90. That's What Friends Are For (1985)
Dionne Warwick
social support
91. Short People (1977)
Randy Newman
stereotyping
92. Dude (Looks Like a Lady) (1987)
Aerosmith
gender identity
93. It's Not Easy Being Green (1970)
Kermit the Frog
prejudice
94. She Keeps Me Warm (2014)
Mary Lambert
gender identity
95. What's the Matter Here? (1987)
10,000 Maniacs
bystander intervention
96. She's No Lady (1987)
Lyle Lovett
marriage/roles
97. Black or White (1991)
Michael Jackson
intergroup conflict
98. Loser (1994)
Beck
self-esteem
99. Stuck Like Glue (2010)
Sugarland
interpersonal attraction
100. Sit Still, Look Pretty (2016)
Daya
conformity
"Sometimes a cigar is only a cigar." - Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis
"Sometimes a cigar is only a cigar." - Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis | Source

Even More Songs About Psychology, Suggested by Readers

Song & Year Released
Artist
Psychology Topic
101. Counting Flowers on the Wall (1965)
The Statler Brothers
abnormal psychology/institutionalization
102. What's Up (1993)
4 Non Blondes
abnormal psychology
103. Dream (2008)
Priscilla Ahn
developmental psychology
104. Human Behavior (1993)
Bjork
human behavior
105. Habits (Stay High) (2014)
Tove Lo
substance use disorder
106. Borders (2016)
M.I.A.
community psychology
107. Focus (2016)
Ariana Grande
clinical psychology
108. Big White Room (2011)
Jessie J.
abnormal psychology/institutionalization
109. Heathens (2016)
Twentyone Pilots
abnormal psychology/institutionalization
110. Fly Low (2016)
Datsik
biopsychology
111. Thunder (2017)
Imagine Dragons
group behavior
112. Echo (2016)
Pep & Rash (featuring Polina)
abnormal psychology
113. Dark River (2016)
Sebastian Ingrosso
abnormal psychology
Know a song that should be on this psychology playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

Locations that Share Names with Famous Psychologists

A
Allport, Pennsylvania, USA:
Allport, PA, USA

get directions

Gordon Allport was one of the founding fathers of personality psychology.

B
Gardner, Kansas, USA:
Gardner, KS 66030, USA

get directions

Howard Gardner is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences.

C
Jung, Australia:
Jung VIC 3401, Australia

get directions

Psychiatrist Carl Jung was the founder of analytical psychology. He advocated the theory of the collective unconscious and concept of archetypes.

D
Kohlberg, Germany:
Kohlberg, Germany

get directions

Lawrence Kohberg was best known for his theory of stages of moral development.

E
Lewin, Poland:
Lewin, Poland

get directions

Kurt Lewin is often heralded as the founder of social psychology. He was a pioneer in the study of group dynamics and organizational development.

F
Maslow, Poland:
Masłów, Poland

get directions

Abraham Maslow was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, from basic physiological needs to self-actualization.

G
Pavlov, Czechia:
Pavlov, Czechia

get directions

Ivan Pavlov was a Russian physiologist who was famous for his contributions to the study of classical conditioning.

H
Rogers, Arkansas, USA:
Rogers, AR, USA

get directions

Carl Rogers was a proponent of humanistic psychology.

I
Skinner, Maine, USA:
Skinner, ME 04936, USA

get directions

Famous for radical behaviorism, B.F. Skinner used operant conditioning and schedules of reinforcement. He rejected free will as an illusion.

J
Thorndike, Maine, USA:
Thorndike, ME 04986, USA

get directions

Edward Thorndike was best known for the law of effect.

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Shea Gaier - Whoa, Nellie! What a list! Many thanks for these wonderful suggestions! It's going to take me a bit of time to add them, but be patient and know that I appreciate you! Have a superb weekend!

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        Shea Gaier 

        4 months ago

        I love all your suggestions but I will add some more. What's up by 4 non blondes (Abnormal psychology), Dream by Priscilla Ahn (Developmental Psychology), Human Behavior by Bjork (Learning and Behavior change), Man Research by Gorillaz (Research methods) Habits by Tove Lo (Health Psychology), Borders by M.I.A. ( Community Psychology), Focus by Ariana Grande (Clinical and Counseling Psychology), Big White Room by Jessie J. (Abnormal Psychology), White houses by Vanessa Carlton (Social Psychology), Smells like teen spirit by Nirvana (Developmental psychology), Citizen of the Planet by Alanis Morissette (Multicultural/ Social Psychology), Habit by Rain Man (Biopsych), Heathens by Twentyone Pilots (Abnormal Psych), Analysis of Variance by Forgotten (Research methods), Fly Low by Datsik (Biopsych), Deep End by Lexy Panterra (Abnormal Psych), Thunder by Imagine Dragons (Social Psychology), Echo by Pep and rash (Abnormal Psych), Minds without fear by Imogen Heap (Abnormal Psych), Lifeline by Imogen Heap (Abnormal Psychology), and Dark River by Sebastian Ingrosso

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        Robert Sacchi 

        6 months ago

        You're welcome. I'll give that list a look.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 months ago from USA

        Bob, Thanks for the song suggestion. I just added Lita Ford's version on the following playlist about Domestic Violence: http://hubpages.com/playlists/Songs-About-Domestic...

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        Robert Sacchi 

        6 months ago

        This article is both fun and informative about psychology. I was wondering if you were going to include They're Coming to Take Me Away, you did #71. Any reason you left out "Only Women Bleed" by Alice Cooper? I also enjoyed the trip down memory lane with the songs. Thank you,

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 months ago from USA

        Natalie - I'm glad you enjoyed it. I see that you're also a psych Ph.D. Looking forward to reading your articles.

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        Natalie Frank 

        6 months ago from Chicago, IL

        I have never seen anyone do an article like this! Music can really change mood or augment what we are already feeling. Thanks for an interesting and fun article!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Dianna - Thank you for the kind compliment. I love the subject and just had to find a way to find a way to intersect psychology and music. Have a wonderful holiday week.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        9 months ago

        I played "I can see clearly now" for the effect on this article. You really took this challenge on psychology songs to the top!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Heidi - Thank you for stopping by. I remember Mister Rogers well and all of his imaginary friends. Stay warm in Chicago!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        9 months ago from Chicago Area

        I thought I had commented on this, but maybe my memory isn't working. Kind of ironic for a playlist on the brain. :)

        Anyhow... I thought of the "Blinded Me With Science" track right away when I saw the title in the email alert. And when it comes to psychology, I weirdly think of Mister Rogers Neighborhood songs that help kids deal with their feelings.

        Thanks for always bringing a smile to my day!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Nell - I'm glad you enjoy this. I loved assembling it! Glad you are singing along.

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        Nell Rose 

        9 months ago from England

        It never fails to amaze me how you manage to find such appropriate songs for your lists! lol! this is great as always, and you have got me singing away again.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Suhail - Thank you for the nice compliment. In graduate school, I used to teach Intro to Psychology as well as Small Group Behavior Dynamics. Even back then (in the mid to late 1990s, I tried to incorporate multimedia to illustrate concepts and keep students' short attention spans. Have a great week!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Tamara - Thanks so much for your kind comment. I work very hard on each song list. Have a wonderful week!

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        Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

        9 months ago from Mississauga, ON

        Incredible work here, Flourish! I am amazed at your knowledge on both music, songs, and then on this difficult complex topic of psychology. This is simply priceless!

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        Tamara Yancosky Moore 

        9 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

        I was rereading this post and just wanted to add that you really do such a th, maps, tables, and excellent information in the Call-Out Boxes. They have everything! Thank

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Genna - What a nice comment. I appreciate your kindness. I really worked hard on this one. Have a fabulous holiday weekend.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Tamara - Thanks for stopping by. It's funny how many songs are connected to this topic. Puff is certainly a memorable song. Have a great weekend!

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        Genna East 

        9 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        When I read the title, I thought -- how can one find 100 songs about psychology...but you did it, and beautifully. I never cease to be amazed with your creativity and the many themes of your selections. Thank you, again, for the music.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Rasma - Thanks for your kind comment. Have a fabulous weekend this holiday season.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        9 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        WOW well done. Lots of songs I haven't even heard of. A most fascinating look at music from psychological viewpoint. Thanks for sharing.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Peg - Thank you for your kind comment. Those classics are some of my old stand-bys. Have a great weekend!

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        Tamara Yancosky Moore 

        9 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

        Excellent! I would never have thought of Songs about Psychology! How unique.

        “Puff The Magic Dragon”; awwwe, this song always made me feel so sad when he walked away back into his cave :-( I imagined a great big clumsy-like sweet dragon, green in color.

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        Peg Cole 

        9 months ago from Dallas, Texas

        I love this great collection of Psychological songs. Listening as I type to "I Can See Clearly Now," one of my all time favorites. Also loved the Aretha number and The Stones and Gordon Lightfoot. Face it, I love all these songs. Wonderful.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Nikki - I appreciate the kind comment. Have a wonderful weekend!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Linda - My favorite subjects - music and psychology. Glad you enjoyed! Have a terrific weekend!

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        Nikki Khan 

        9 months ago from London

        Wow,,,what a detail...Interesting and you did a great job.Very impressive dear.

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        Linda Crampton 

        9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        What an interesting theme for a playlist article! Thanks for sharing the music and the facts, Flourish.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Mary - Psychology is all about thoughts, feelings, and behaviors -- why we have them, what creates them, etc. Naturally, it's super connected to so much in our lives.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Jo - Thank you!

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        Mary Wickison 

        9 months ago from Brazil

        When I saw the title, I thought you had lost the plot! Clearly, I was wrong.

        With music, I always thought most songs were about love but that's not it. It is about missing out, not feeling worthy, or a deep emotional battle. They all are about psychology, and I never knew it.

        Thanks for opening my eyes.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Dora - I hope I didn't go too deep. Tried to keep it to Psych 101, but you know. I prefer some branches of psychology tremendously more than others, and it probably shows. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Catherine - I totally agree with you. Everything seems to be connected to psychology. Don't you just love the subject and find it so useful?

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        Heidi Thorne 

        9 months ago from Chicago Area

        Even before I clicked the link to view the article, I thought of "Blinded Me With Science" tune. Yeah, stuck in the 80s (thanks for the Animotion throwback, too).

        I'd add a lot of songs from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Most of his songs talk about dealing with thoughts and feelings in positive ways.

        Another thought-provoking (pun intended) playlist! Thanks for sharing with us!

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        Jo Miller 

        9 months ago from Tennessee

        You did it again. Quite a list.

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        Dora Weithers 

        9 months ago from The Caribbean

        You got a little deep here, Missy. Enjoyed the brainy perspective you put on these lyrics. Good job!

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        Catherine Giordano 

        9 months ago from Orlando Florida

        You did a brilliant job with this. When I saw the title, I was skeptical. How many songs could there be about psychology? Well, you showed me. When you think about it everything is about psychology, how we think, feel, perceive, and relate. I love how you broke it down into sections. P.S. I have a BA in psychology and I have always loved the subject. I keep up with the work in the field.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Linda - The Statler Brothers were from Staunton, VA, home of one of the state mental facilities where one of them stayed for a bit. In that light, doesn't the song seem so realistic? I've added it as #101. Thank you!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Bill - The field is a lot wider than many think. Glad you enjoyed the list.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Kari - Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for stopping by!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Devika - Thank you for visiting. Music and other non-lecture activities makes teaching psychology more engaging for students and gets them to understand that psychology is all around them.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Frank - As a psychologist, I can see that nearly the whole world is connected to the topic. You know.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        9 months ago from Ohio

        That's a great list. I was wondering in the beginning, "what songs could there be?" But you showed me. Thanks. :)

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        Linda Lum 

        9 months ago from Washington State, USA

        Wow, just wow! I never ever thought of these songs in this way. Could we add perhaps a couple more (or maybe I missed them). The Temptations "Just My Imagination". And the Statler Brothers "Counting Flowers on the Wall."

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        Bill Holland 

        9 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I had a hard time with this one. The title was throwing me off...I thought of "Crazy" and "Possession," but now I read your list and do a forehead smack! Duh!

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        Devika Primić 

        9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        I never gave much thought to these songs as you have here. You have created an interesting hub of the mind.

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        Frank Atanacio 

        9 months ago from Shelton

        Looking at the title I was wondering how you were going to pull this one off.. yeah.. I get it.. RESPECT.. I can see clearly now.. yeah it fits..LOL thanks for sharing

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Annie - Thanks for weighing in. I've wanted to do this list for a long time, as so many songs touch on psychological concepts. Have a great week!

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        Anna Haun 

        9 months ago from USA

        Great article, very interesting, never thought of music like that before. Before I lost him (became ill & passed away) he dedicated the song "Always On My Mind" & of course "Whiskey Drinking Woman", but another favorite is "If Drinking Don't Kill Me Her (His) Memory Will", and then "Whiskey Lullaby", that is my song. What about "A Picture Of Me Without You"? Psychology is a topic that gets my attention, as I like to profile people, watch observe them, then give them my impression and most often I'm right. Can tell a lot about people when you pay attention, their behavior, the way they act.

        Annie

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