Top Ten Totally Batshit Crazy Musicians

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Phil Spector: Just keepin' it batshit crazy.
It's a fine line between pure genius and utter insanity. Many musicians have made a career out of toeing that line. Or, uh, totally jumping it and never looking back.

As it turns out, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And since batshit crazy people don't care what month it actually is, neither do we!

Sure, we're a few days early. But we're taking time to honor those crackpot pop stars who most wonderfully crashed and burned before our eyes. After all, what is an artist without a catastrophic psychological breakdown?



10. Britney Spears
Britney started out innocently enough, in a school girl outfit being all "please hit me, I love you." The real train-wreck didn't start until 2004 with her shotgun wedding to a childhood friend that lasted, oh, about 55 hours. Soon, she found Kaballah and real love with Kevin Federline. Just like any other couple, they filmed their blooming romance as a failed reality television show.

In 2005, she had her first baby and promptly began teaching it to drive. Then she stopped wearing shoes in public restrooms and generally fell into skanky disarray until even Federline said, "Fuck this." Eventually, she had to shave her head just to feel normal.

But was Brit really crazy? Or just doing a lot of drugs? After all, they can't drug test your hair and take your babies away if you have none! Oh wait, they did take her kids. Nevermind.



9. Sinead O'Connor
The Irish singer-songwriter shot to worldwide fame with her cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U" in 1990. She first raised eyebrows after refusing to play a show at New Jersey's Garden State Arts Center if the national anthem was gonna be her opening act.

But O'Connor wasn't really an icon for crazy until she ripped a picture of the Pope in half while performing on Saturday Night Live. In a shocking display of political protest, she turned a bunch of God-fearing Americans against her forever.

But is Sinead crazy? Or just a rebel with a controversial cause? Maybe both. But in 2007, she admitted to Oprah that she'd been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She even attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday. Of course, O'Connor's still alive. But she's hurting. Yesterday, the Irish pop star cancelled her North American summer tour, citing another breakdown.



8. Mariah Carey
On a lighter note, there's almost nothing funnier than watching Mariah Carey totally lose her mind on MTV. In 2001, the sexy songstress made a surprise appearance on Total Request Live, wearing almost nothing and pushing an ice-cream cart. She did a little strip-tease before confiding, "Every now and then, somebody needs a little therapy."

The next day, she started writing a bunch of crazy person crap on her website. She admitted to not getting enough sleep or taking care of herself. And a short time later, Mariah was hospitalized for "exhaustion."

No big deal, this diva just needed a nap. And we get it ... You need some reaffirmation and instant love from your fans after you release a cinematic turd like Glitter.

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