16 Powerful Songs About ADHD

A man with ADHD is playing songs on the guitar

It has only been two years since I was diagnosed with ADHD, however, one of the first things I remember doing when I received my diagnosis was going on a hunt to find songs about ADHD.

Music can be so healing and therapeutic, and I love relating to a song through its lyrics.

So here is my list of songs about attention deficit disorder.

Songs that were written about ADHD

1) Awolnation-Sail

This song is one of the first songs that comes to mind for many people when they think of music written about ADHD. The lyrics talk about being overwhelmed and being afraid of not being able to live up to people’s expectations, which I think many of us can relate to.

The lyrics also specifically reference ADHD:

Maybe I’m a different breed
Maybe I’m not listening
So blame it on my ADD baby

Awolnation-Sail

2) Joyner Lucas-ADHD

Joyner Lucas has ADHD, and he wrote an entire album that is inspired by his experience and struggles growing up with ADHD.

The album is packed full of relatable and inspirational lyrics.

Joyner Lucas himself is very inspirational, and he said one of my favorite quotes ever when it comes to ADHD. In an article with billboard he said, “People are going to make you feel crazy, make you feel stupid, make you feel less than, make you feel like you can’t push through and become great because you’re different. Use all your creativity and tap into your ADHD powers. You have something to bring to the world and they will love you for it.”

3) Bring Me The Horizon- Avalanche

According to interviews, Avalanche is about vocalist Oliver Sykes’s experience with ADHD.

Songs that describe what ADHD feels like

Below are a list of songs that are not written specifically about ADHD, but people that have ADHD have said relates to how they feel living with ADHD.

1) blink 182-What’s My Age Again

Maybe it’s the forgetting how old you are, and maybe it is just the chaos of the lyrics and the music video. Whatever it is, people with ADHD find they can relate to this song.

2) Nine Inch Nails-Every Day Is Exactly The Same

Feeling like you are living the same day, and the same struggles over and over again is something that many of us with ADHD are no stranger to.

3) Selena Gomez-Hands To Myself

“Sometimes I feel like my body moves or does things without me really thinking about it. Being distracted, and having one million thoughts going on in my head at once is my biggest ADHD symptom,” says Ben Hiller, who was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of twelve.

4) Imagine Dragons-Polaroid

Not many people understand how difficult struggling with a mental disorder, or a mental illness can be. But these lyrics sum it up perfectly:

All my life I’ve been living in the fast lane
Can’t slow down I’m a rollin’ freight train
One more time Gotta start all over
Can’t slow down I’m a lone red rover

Imagine Dragons-Polariod

5) Alec Benjamin-Mind Is A Prison

There isn’t much I think I need to say about this one. The beautiful lyrics are self-explanatory.

6) Anson Seabra-Trying My Best

This song is the perfect reminder that at the end of the day we are all trying our best and that is what really matters.

7) AJR- Three-Thirty

I’m going to be completely honest. I haven’t heard a song by AJR that I don’t like. Their songs are so fun, and the rhythm and all of the instruments they use light up my brain like a Christmas tree.

The song three-thirty also includes the lyrics: “I thought I had the ADHD, but that’s a real thing and I’m just lazy.”

It is nice to hear people acknowledge that ADHD is a real disorder, and is not something to use an excuse for procrastination.

Songs by artists that have ADHD

1) Britney Spears-Womanizer

In 2012 Britney Spears revealed that she was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and that was what was behind her needing to take lots of breaks while being a judge on the television series The X factor.

2) Foo Fighters- The Pretender

During a 2020 Youtube video Dave Grohl revealed he was diagnosed with ADHD as a child stating, “I hate to break it to you, but I was a terrible student. It was no fault of the Fairfax public school system, mind you; it did the best it could. I was just stubbornly disengaged, impeded by a raging case of ADD, and an insatiable desire to play music. Far from being a model student, I did my best to maintain focus but eventually left school halfway through 11th grade to become a professional touring musician — not advised. I left behind countless missed opportunities.” 

3) Solange- Don’t Touch My Hair

Solange Knowles was diagnosed with ADHD twice. The younger sister of Beyonce didn’t believe the first doctor that diagnosed her until a second doctor also diagnosed her.

4) Justin Timberlake-Can’t Stop The Feeling

Justin Timberlake doesn’t discuss his ADHD diagnosis much at all, but when he was promoting the movie The Love Guru, he was quoted as telling Collider.com, “I have OCD mixed with ADD, you try living with that.”

5) will.i.am-Bang Bang

Will.i.am has stated that he thinks his music is like therapy for his ADHD. He has said it helps to control his thoughts while it enables his mind to focus on the music.

6) Maroon 5- Sugar

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has spoken out publicly for years about being diagnosed with ADHD while he was a teenager.

Music can be an amazing tool for people with ADHD. Not only can it serve as a creative outlet for those of us that struggle with it, but we can also find meaning and inspiration in lyrics and songs. It is also inspirational to know that there are so many famous and successful people out there, including the musicians listed above, that haven’t let their ADHD hold them back from living a life they love.

Did I miss any songs you want to see on this list?

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