Best Nine Inch Nails Albums

The Top Ten
1 The Downward Spiral The Downward Spiral Product Image

This album and the Broken EP define Trent Reznor and who he was in the 90s

Pretty Hate Machine was sort of like marking the end of the synthpop era of the 80s and thus he wasn't exactly original and The Fragile was marking the beginning of a new era in how he produces music...he has kind of been going the same way for the past decade or so, ever since he came out of rehab...

This is why it is between this album and the Broken EP which is the best work they have put out to date...

A masterpiece. The Fragile is also quite good, but this album was so creative in its destructive and volatile nature...first work I ever heard by Trent...

A masterpiece of an album. Definitely the greatest nine inch nails album.

This album is the Dark Side of The Moon of industrial rock.

2 The Fragile The Fragile Product Image

This double cd is Trent at his very best. Yes, it's flawed, but the amount of stuff he throws at you that works is remarkable, whether it be the sheer brutality of the albums opener, or sublime instrumentals that build into a crescendo of grief and emotional outpouring. Reznor is one of the few musicians who can whisper his message, yell it, scream it, or say nothing and still move you to to the core. Yes, it's a band, but this is Reznor's baby thru and thru. Damn! I've just talked myself into playing it.

This album may not even have the majority of my favorite NIN songs, but it does have a seamless experience that evokes both wonder and pain. The opening track is an amazing rock song of hate, and throughout the album it shifts into the emotions of desolation and despair, ending with The Great Below. As an album, it is perfect - and the nah nah nah's in The Day the World Went Away are definitely the best part!

The Fragile is long and takes multiple listens for the listener to even begin to grasp the length to which Trent poured his soul into this album. It's a double disc LP and each disc has some of Trent's most intimate and yet aggressive moments up to this point in time. By the time The Fragile was released, this had been his best produced album. The songs that are the best from The Fragile include THE BIG COME DOWN, WHERE IS EVERYBODY? , and THE FRAGILE. Listen to these tracks!...Especially if you aren't ready to invest into a full listening of the LP. Also, check out NO, YOU DON'T.

Seems like the perfect evolution of The Downward Spiral.

3 Pretty Hate Machine Pretty Hate Machine Product Image

Although "With_Teeth" is also great, this album is the best. Catchy but very dark album with memorable songs such as "Head Like a Hole" and "Terrible Lie".

To me this is tied with The Downward Spiral. But, I'd give Pretty Hate Machine a slight edge.
1. Pretty Hate Machine
2. The Downward Spiral
3. With Teeth
4. Broken

This is what put them on the scene to begin with...

Should be number one. Their first album ever.

4 With Teeth With Teeth Product Image

Great production and best beats. Very cohesive, yet it feels massive. Songs like "Everyday is exactly the Same", etc.

So underrated. The production is amazing. And "Only" might be the ost lyrically fascinating song by any band ever.

I never get tired of this album.

This is magic. True art.

5 Broken EP Broken EP Product Image

The heaviest hitting Nine Inch Nails album, Broken is the burned bridge and scorched earth between Pretty Hate Machine and everything that came after. It leads directly into The Downward Spiral; and spawned Nine Inch Nails' only two Grammy winning songs. Even though it's an EP and can be consumed in a brief listen, it belongs on the top shelf of the Nine Inch Nails discography, just under The Downward Spiral and The Fragile.

Broken has some of the heaviest tracks that NIN has ever recorded. I especially like Last and Gave Up most of all.

Wish and Happiness in slavery are the only Grammys Reznor ever won and they're both on this record.

So much anger and rage is released on this album, and I love it!

6 Hesitation Marks Hesitation Marks Product Image

Hesitation Marks is the best one. I personally like Trent Reznor's work post Year Zero the best,

7 Year Zero Year Zero Product Image
8 The Slip The Slip Product Image
9 Ghosts I - IV Ghosts I - IV Product Image
10 And All That Could Have Been And All That Could Have Been Product Image

How is ghosts better?

The Contenders
11 Add Violence EP Add Violence EP Product Image

Vote guys, That one of the best of them. Love it. Better than Not the Actual Events deffinitely

12 Bad Witch Bad Witch Product Image

I don't know why, but I really prefer this over any other NIN album.

13 Not the Actual Events
14 Closer to God Closer to God Product Image
15 Further Down the Spiral Further Down the Spiral Product Image
16 Ghosts V: Together
17 Ghosts VI: Locusts
18 Fixed Fixed Product Image
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