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... !

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!

4Head 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. "
This song was NIN's first everything. It was the first single Trent ever released, it's Halo 1, and it was the first song on NIN's first album. It's also NIN's first best song, in my opinion anyways.


Should be number 1. Great lyrics, great beat. This song is incredible.

5The Hand That Feeds
Is the perfect combination.
Trent Reznor's genius is summarized in this 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]This song is my favorite song from my second favorite NIN album. It needs to be number 5, at the very least.

7Right 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.
[Newest]Such a brilliant song!

8The Perfect Drug
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.
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
[Newest]The last minute and a half has some of the most bone chilling guitar work I've ever heard. I love this song! Should be number one!

9We're In This Together
This highlights Trent's incredible ability to pit quiet calm verses against huge mind-blowing choruses - YOU AND ME...
This song is one of NIN's greatest. Needs to be right up there with closer and head like a hole.


There is a reason it is in the Avengers trailer. You just gotta scream with

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.

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!

12Terrible 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.

13March 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..

14Somewhat Damaged

I love this song... It's about everything

16The Day the World Went Away

17Into the Void
The synth is amazing

18The Becoming

19A 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.

20Star****ers, inc.
How is this not higher?

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