Top Ten Best Nine Inch Nails Songs


The Top Ten

1 Closer

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.

A great tune, so dark and sensual

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2 Hurt

One of the greatest endings to an album ever, Hurt hits you in all the right spots.

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!

This song is so true to life itself, I just seen the concert & they played as the encore. I loved all the songs but they saved the best to the last! I think for me it's a true celebration of life!

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3 Wish

This was actually the first song of NIN I heard. Blew me away. Bloody awesome.

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!

The best.

One of their heaviest songs. It's awesome.

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4 The Hand that Feeds

Is the perfect combination.

Trent Reznor's genius is summarized in this song

This song is a perfect mix of industrial and rock. Definitely one of their best.


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5 Head Like a Hole

This is definitely as good as a nin song can get on multiple aspects

Besides Killing In the Name, this song goes harder than any other song I've ever heard

First nin I ever heard as a 14 year old kid. I was immediately hooked then, and now. No other band has spoken of "me" quite in the same eloquent lyricism as nin. Almost every track had deep meaning to me and I could relate the words somehow to my existence. This is my favorite track of the 10 (all exceptional), but there were far to many overlooked tracks that never received adequate fanfare.

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. - AngryByrd

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6 We're in This Together

This highlights Trent's incredible ability to pit quiet calm verses against huge mind-blowing choruses - YOU AND ME...

Their best song. 11/10 - ZeroBlaster

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

This song is one of NIN's greatest. Needs to be right up there with closer and head like a hole. - AngryByrd

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7 Every Day is Exactly the Same

Easy to connect with this song, and he sounds... nice

This song reminds me of life in general

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. It's the perfect mix of rock with a little slow parts added on. I LOVE IT!

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8 Right 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.

I think.. This song deserves a mucho higher rank... Really!

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9 The Perfect Drug

Wish they made more songs like this.This is an amazing Track.

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

The perfect example of how Nine Inch Nails can be heavy, then take a complete shift into a softer song.

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10 Reptile

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

Truly amazing. There is just something so wonderful in it's darkness.

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The Contenders

11 March 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..

12 Something I Can Never Have

From the gloomy instruments to the lyrics to Trent's agony-ridden vocals, this is by far the most morbidly depressing song I've ever heard. And that's why it's beautiful.

This is the best song I have heard so far

Saddest and most depressing song by NIN in my opinion. My favourite by them. Song about obsession and pain caused by it.

I dare you to listen to this and tell me it shouldn't be in the top 5.

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13 Only

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.

One of the best songs of all time. Should be higher up on the list defidently. Best bass and drum line of all time

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14 You Know What You Are?

Beautifully agressive

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15 Terrible Lie

Best Nine Inch Nails song. - Soulstealer

Should be in top 3 at least

The pure anger and angst shown through this entire song stands out in the entire catalog of the band's music as a frontrunner. My personal favorite Nine Inch Nails song of all time.

Brilliant song with an epic ending.

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16 Ruiner

This is a perfect song. It's in my top 2 - Sabbath

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

This song kicks so many asses

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."

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17 Somewhat Damaged

This is industrial metal at its finest. a repetitive rhythm and a melody slowly rising towards the climactic end. definitely my favorite NIN track.

Easily top 10 song if not pushing into top 5. The layering of soundscapes produces an escalating mood which culminates in the angriest song Reznor has done. True catharsis

This was in The Walking Dead.

Great song. I love how it's in a 9/8 time signature.

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18 Into the Void

Really underrated. Should be in the top 5.

The synth is amazing

Trent can even make 'repetitive' sound great. This song is proof.

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19 And All that Could Have Been

It's non-metal song, but one of the best, masterpiece that give me chills every time I hear it.

It's like caressing the darkness.


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!

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20 The Day the World Went Away

The world is already sinking into chaos.

The amazing, sudden transitions are just fantastic. The lyrics are so quick, but so good and complete a rhyme only Trent could write. The fact that it also has no drums also makes it very unique for NIN, so I'll have to say it's one of my favorites.

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21 Star****ers, inc.

How is this not higher?

How is this masterpiece not in the top 10.

This and March of the Pigs should be on a list of mosh pit anthems.

22 Last

What? this song defines NIN. It's filled with intense anger, screams, and lots & lots of hatred. Metal at it's best.

The metal performance is unbelievable.

One of their heaviest songs, this needs to be up higher!

This song is AWESOME! Amazing Voice

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23 The Great Below

Vote vote vote

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

Hey guys what, that's the one of the best, should be in top 10. Vote for it

This is underrated as HECK!

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24 A Warm Place

I've listened to this song 5,000+ times and it never gets old. The instrumental as it progresses gives me a mixture of emotions; existential dread, hope, sadness, nostalgia, warmth, and a slight feeling that everything is gonna be okay, and I'll be in a warm place in the end.
"Best part of life is knowing you put it together..."

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 it's 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.

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25 The Becoming

This song is just amazing, the complicated 13/4 timing, the piano riff, the drums. All amazing.

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26 Copy of A

This song is flippen amazing!

Y'all are just a copy of a copy of a copy...

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27 Getting Smaller

This one hits me like a train, anger, bitterness and energy up to the max! Flip-flop-flip!

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28 Sin

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

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30 Sunspots

Great song

This is one of the most underrated NIN songs. It's not very popular but it's one of my favorites on With Teeth.

Why does this have 0 votes? This was the first NIN song I've listened to, and by far, their all time best. It starts off with nothing but drums and bass, then Trent starts singing with a very low whispery voice, the chorus though. The chorus is the best part of the song. It's very catchy and just incredibly unique. He uses high pitch and it actually turns me on a bit, I must admit. Anyways, the song gets more intense as you get closer to it's end. Truly a masterpiece & should be ranked top 1. This song defines NIN at it's epitome.

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31 Sanctified

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?

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32 Just 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 =))

Please get this much higher.

Deserves a much higher ranking...definitely!
Absolute pleasure to listen on headphones...powerful instrumental bliss

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33 Heresy

How is this not higher? This song is a huge middle finger to god

So much truth told in 3:54. - jamesthewolfgod

38? I'm lost!

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

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34 Happiness in Slavery

It's brutal! And I love it!


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36 Down in It

Amazing! How is this so low! One of his best, both lyrically and instrumentally.

This song is underrated - Sabbath

First single. Awesome.

Because Dan from Gamegrumps referenced it haha

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37 The Fragile

This song is in my top 3 from the Fragile, which is my favorite album of all time.

"I wont let you fall apart! "

Such a powerful line that I can relate to.

This song is just amazing.

Catchy! - Mercwithamouth

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38 Came Back Haunted

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

I'm glad he came back period. Industrial music needs to come back haunted...

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39 The Downward Spiral

"He couldn't believe how easy it was." this is possibly the darkest song I've ever heard.

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45 The 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.

It's dark, eerie, heavy, and should be higher

Fantastic song, should be much higher! One of my favourites!

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46 Burn

I honestly think this should be #1 - Peppapigsucks

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49 In This Twilight

This is the kinda song you'd listen to in an apocalypse: the whole world has collided, and you're all alone in solitude, but soon, you begin to realize there is a silver lining if you look close enough. This song is a perfect combination of doom & hope. Definitely powerful & apocalyptic. Underrated, too. Deserves to be top 10 at least.

This one is my favorite so far... - mtndewlord

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Top Remixes (34)

1. You Know What You Are?
2. Closer
3. Wish
1. Hurt
2. The Downward Spiral
3. Terrible Lie
1. Head Like a Hole
2. Closer
3. We're in This Together

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NIN Review series part 4: The Fragile (Disc 1)
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NIN Review series part 6: With Teeth
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