Top Ten Best Nine Inch Nails Songs


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First song I heard from NIN And by god, I loved it :P Most Diff. Best song ever!
AOL called this the 2nd sexiest song ever?
I stand corrected..
This song took me to another planet... Also it would get me in almost any girls pants... Girls turn into raging animals when they hear this song.
[Newest]I honestly don't think this should be NIN's best known song. Don't get wrong. It's a good song but people misinterpret it as a lust anthem. I think Head Like a Hole should be NIN's best known song.

The breathtaking beat of the drums, the lack of instruments, the haunting vocals, the devestation of the lyrics, it is personally one of the best ways to end an album, a song that has beautiful in it's own way
I love trent reznor & marilyn manson, this song definitely deserves to be higher then the hand that feeds!
Beauty is almost silent yet hearbreaking! I believe hurt is slow, very quiet yet very powerful
[Newest]"Everyone I know goes away in the end." So True... !

3The Hand That Feeds
Is the perfect combination.
Trent Reznor's genius is summarized in this song

I love Nine Inch Nails! The album, broken is one of my favorites of all time. I know it is not complexly written like the fragile or downward spiral, but the broken Nine inch nails is my favorite nine inch nails, and I think it is what Trent does best, and that every broken song should be here. I like them all equally. I am disappointed in the most recent NIN. I am happy for Trent for fixing 'the broken machine', but he has lost the NIN I love to a purely electronic monster in albums like year zero. I LOVE BROKEN!

5Head Like a Hole
This is the best nine inch nails song in my opinion. The sample doesn't have the chores.

" Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve. "
Should be number 1. Great lyrics, great beat. This song is incredible.
Are you insane? This song not voted as number 1? This is the best song by NIN.. surely you will fall in love with this song.. its just amazing.. : peace in heaven
[Newest]Definitely Nine Inch Nails' signature song.

6Every Day Is Exactly the Same
This song is amazing should be way higher than it is on this list also the background sound is really nice too
This song needs to at least be in the top 5 of this list. No other song can compare to its greatness. Its the perfect mix of rock with a little slow parts added on. I LOVE IT!
This piece literally gives me chills every time I hear it - it is a truly beautiful and unique song. We are so privileged to have Reznor making and sharing his music with the world.
[Newest]The one of the honest songs

7The Perfect Drug
Greatest NIN nails song ever, it's mind twisting, emotional, raw, I love it, and personally it got me through a lot of bad stuff
I wish this song was on one of the full length albums so I didn't have to pull it out as an individual track just to listen it's magnificence.
[Newest]The perfect example of how Nine Inch Nails can be heavy, then take a complete shift into a softer song.

8Right Where It Belongs
"You can live in this illusion. You can choose to believe... "

This song just hits you like a ton of bricks and leaves you pondering after it has finished. It definitely has the best lyrics of any Nine Inch Nails song.
Such a powerful song with powerful lyrics. Trent Reznor is a lyrical genius. I don't listen to NIN much, but this song moves me every time I hear it.
This song is amazing, there are few songs in existence that actually give me chills, this is one of those songs, absolutely fantastic.

9March of the Pigs
This song sums up NIN, industrial music at its kicking best
This song gives you such a desire to just thrash about angrily, but in a happy way. It's aggressive and makes you feel on top of the world. The awkward time signature, pounding drums and general distorted feel all add to an amazing feeling overall.
My favorite off the album... Next to mr. Self destruct. This song s such an badass when played live..

10Terrible Lie
This song is definitely the best off of Pretty Hate Machine for me. It really paints a dirty picture, with the new wave ("no" wave) sounds perpetuating throughout the entire song, practically making up the beat. The trangressive, authoritative vocals from Reznor only give this song a rougher feel, deeply infused with objects and ideas of hatred, betrayal, betrayal of trust, and believing that the person you originally loved... Turned against you. This song was the start of something that Nine Inch Nails would soon complete in The Downward Spiral, notably in the tracks Closer and The Becoming. This song showed the beginning of a new form of music, an industrial and more harsh form of electronic music, which would later become in many other artists such as Marilyn Manson and Rammstein.


Should be in top 3 at least
Brilliant song with an epic ending.
[Newest]This should be ranked a lot higher. Way ahead of it's time, one of their best.

The Contenders

11Something I Can Never Have
This is the best song I have heard so far
I dare you to listen to this and tell me it shouldn't be in the top 5.
This needs to be in the top 10. It's probably number 1 for me. Watch the live still version on YouTube!

12We're In This Together
This highlights Trent's incredible ability to pit quiet calm verses against huge mind-blowing choruses - YOU AND ME...
There is a reason it is in the Avengers trailer. You just gotta scream with
This song is truly awesome... It should be at the top 10 at least... Everythings great right from the starting beats to the end...

Hands down the Best nine inch nails song! Vote for it! Epic lyrics and a tight beat, paired with trent's great voice.
This predicted the future, with Reznor collaborating with David Fincher in the video. Oh yeah, the song also kicks ass.
Makes me question my existence every time! Epic song, deserves to be in the top 5.

14Somewhat Damaged

15Star****ers, inc.
How is this not higher?

16And All That Could Have Been

Are you kidding me?

This is an easy top 3! Give it a listen please!

How Trent Reznor manages to impact so deeply with such simple lyrics is a thing to think about.
Hey, this is one of the best NIN songs.
Awesome lyrics; really soothing stuff!
Should definitely be in top 5!
This song is fantastic. There really isn't anything else to say other than it should at least be in the top five.
[Newest]Easily Top 5 material!

17The Day the World Went Away

18A Warm Place
Has the same really quiet subtle depressing atmosphere as leaving hope (didn't check to see if that was on here) Honestly I could even seeing this going AFTER hurt on the downward spiral just cause its so beautiful
My favorite song of all time if you really let it sink in and really think about it, it may mean something personal to you and it might be your favorite song of all time too or at least favorite nine inch nails song. Definitely underrated!
Not regarded as the best NIN song by any means, but it's undeniably the most important part of The Downward Spiral as an album.

19The Becoming

20Into the Void

I love this song... It's about everything
Amazing song. My favorite. Horribly underrated. This song has everything. A catchy and interesting drum beat, amazing synths and Trent hits his angriest ever in my opinion in this song. The lyrics in this song are amazing as well. "And the only pure thing left in my f****** world is wearing your disease! " Then the chorus comes in and it just overwhelms you with two different overlayed synths that mesh perfectly. You can sense Trent's pure hatred in this song in every word that he says. Then the guitar solo comes in, and the combination of the guitar and drums creates one of the greatest solos I have ever heard and it fits perfectly into the song, which then finishes with one of the most iconic lines Trent has ever used and something that still inspires me "You didn't hurt me, nothing can hurt me, you didn't hurt me, nothing can stop me now."

Epic song with rhe best lyrics- how is this not top ten?

23Came Back Haunted
An awesome song that gets stuck in your head and wont get out! Definitely the best song off Hesitation Marks!

Why the hell is this only at 45 it's such a catchy and in your face song and the lyrics make it a perfect rebellion kind of song
This song is just awesome! Everything about it!

25Happiness in Slavery

This song opens with a standard Nine Inch Nails drum track but really launches itself into a crescendo of power and emotion with the repetitive guitar and dancing piano, interspersed w Reznor's backing vocals and pleading chorus. 5 stars, 2 thumbs up.
This song is completely underrated deserves more recognition
This song is porn especially the live version

27The Great Below
Why no song from The Fragile? This is for me the best song they ever wrote, though I like a lot The Downward Spiral.

28Getting Smaller

29The Big Come Down

30Kinda I Want To

The metal performance is unbelievable.
This song is AWESOME! Amazing Voice

This has to be one of the best songs Reznor has ever created. Vocals are practically perfect, lyrics are incredibly sinister and creative, and the instrumental is amazing, and perfectly compliments the tone of the song.
A lethal example of Reznor's creative brutality, anger, and innovative use of sounds. It's some seriously sinister stuff.
HAHA 78th? Not to mention The Downward Spiral isn't even on this list

33Just Like You Imagined
One of the most powerful instrumentals there ever is. An amazing combination of pain, anger and madness. Truly deserves top 10 ranking.
Are you crazy? 46? Your favorite is my worst =))
NIN instrumental song. Very powerful and beautiful

I must have listened to echoplex about 500 times before I got bored of it!
Um... Why is this not in the top ten?

35Capital G
This song is definitely my favorite. Has good beats and it's not super slow. Really good song. Vote!


36The Fragile

Incredible sound matched with great lyrics. A perfect song in my opinion.


39With Teeth

40Down In It
Because Dan from Gamegrumps referenced it haha

41Copy of A
This song is flippen amazing!

All I have to say is this song should be moved up at least in the top 20. If not then it should be in the top 15
The bass line is great. The moment you play this song makes you feel badass and you just want to slowly headbang like saying "i'm cool and you are not". Is it odd?

43Mr. Self Destruct
So underrated! I love this song!

44Gave Up

45Beside You In Time

46In This Twilight

47Me, I'm Not

48Even Deeper

Has one of the best piano melodic parts at the end. Great lyrics. Based off of Charles Manson as is the entire downward spiral album. Trent Renoir is a genius and in piggy he shows off the industrial electrical rock he created.

50The Wretched
My favorite thing about this is how awesome the piano line sounds right after The Frail. The beginning is amazing and continues to hold up.
Fantastic song, should be much higher! One of my favourites!
It's dark, eerie, heavy, and should be higher

51Dead Souls


53Leaving Hope

54Love Is Not Enough

55Zero Sum

56Big Man With a Gun


58Slipping Away

59The Line Begins to Blur
This is definitely one of my favorites from "with teeth"
How can this not be one of the top twenty?!
My favorite song of all my life. Seriously.


66? This has to be a top 10 most popular and 10 best! What happened?

62The Way Out Is Through

63My Violent Heart

64The Great Destroyer

65La Mer
Although this song is only instrumental... It has a great beat throughout the song. The drums, bass and piano is what overwhelming when listening to this song

66The Collector
Amazing chorus... The later piano is dark and very spooky. Definitely NIN style!

67Find My Way


Metal is also a very unique song that should be on the top of this list

70Dead Souls


721 Ghosts I

73Lights In the Sky

74Demon Seed

75All the Love In the World

76Psychical (You're So)

77Various Methods of Escape

78The Four of Us Are Dying
From The Slip. Amazing song. So dark, broody and ominous! My kind of music! Trent is a musical genius and is one of a kind!

79The Downward Spiral

80I Do Not Want This


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Updated Friday, April 17, 2015

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