Top 10 Music Artists that Influenced Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor is one of the most influential artists in music. But sometimes we all should acknowledge a great artist's influences to see where that artist would be today if it wasn't for them. And these are ten of Trent Reznor's main musical influences.

Trent Reznor is the lead singer for the band Nine Inch Nails.

The Top Ten

1 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

He is a fan of Bowie and has cited Low as one of his favorite albums. He also recalls how Bowie helped him get sober.

2 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Trent has considered Rush to be one of his favorite bands and has cited their album Signals as a major influence on how to incorporate keyboards and synthesizers into hard rock.

3 Ministry Ministry Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer and only original member Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.

One of NIN's earliest influences and the inspiration for the band's name. It was inspired by a quote by Al Jourgensen: "Listening to Ministry is like having a nine inch nail hammered into your head like a hole."

4 Skinny Puppy Skinny Puppy Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group, formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre.

Another influence on NIN. NIN's debut single Down in It was heavily influenced by Dig It.

5 Coil Coil Coil were an experimental group consisting of Jhonn Balance and Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, the latter of Throbbing Gristle fame. Formed in 1982, the duo went on to create well-celebrated albums such as 1987's Horse Rotovator, 1991's Love's Secret Domain, 1999's Musick To Play In The Dark, as well ...read more.

Trent expressed the significant influence that Coil had on his work, saying that Horse Rotorvator was "deeply influential".

6 Gary Numan Gary Numan Gary Anthony James Webb, professionally known as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer and artist.

Trent said that he knew he wanted to make music with synthesizers after hearing Cars.

7 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Trent stated that Freddie Mercury's death meant more to him than John Lennon's and covered Queen's Get Down Make Love.

8 Throbbing Gristle Throbbing Gristle Throbbing Gristle were an English music and visual arts group formed in 1976 in Kingston upon Hull. The band comprised Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson and Chris Carter.

Pioneers of industrial music. Trent admitted to borrowing techniques from them.

9 The Cure The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.
10 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

The Halo numbers (numbers assigned to the pieces of the NIN discography in the order that they're released) were inspired by a similar system Depeche Mode used by using STUMM for albums and BONG for singles.

The Contenders

11 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), ...read more.

Pink Floyd's The Wall was one of the main inspirations for The Downward Spiral.

12 Test Dept Test Dept
13 Joy Division Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.
14 Adam Ant Adam Ant
15 Soft Cell Soft Cell Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s, consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball.
16 Devo Devo
17 The Cars The Cars The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer ...read more.
18 The Jesus and Mary Chain The Jesus and Mary Chain The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid.
19 My Bloody Valentine My Bloody Valentine My Bloody Valentine is a shoegazing, alternative rock, Irish band from Dublin, formed in 1983, which consists of guitarist, producer, samplist, and vocalist Kevin Shields, drummer and samplist Colm Ó Cíosóig, bassist Debbie Googe, and later on in their early career vocalist, and guitarist Bilinda ...read more.
20 Pere Ubu Pere Ubu
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