Top Ten Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

The Top Ten

1 Closer Closer Cover Art

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.

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.

2 Hurt Hurt Cover Art

The last song of The Downward Spiral. Awesome music with awesome lyrics. Better than Johnny Cash Version

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!

3 Wish Wish Cover Art

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!

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

One of their heaviest songs. It's awesome.

BEST SONG EVEERR (the R bears repeating)

4 The Hand that Feeds The Hand that Feeds Cover Art

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.


5 Head Like a Hole Head Like a Hole Cover Art

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 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

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.

6 Every Day is Exactly the Same Every Day is Exactly the Same Cover Art

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!

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.

Beautiful harshness to this raw grinding soothing complex emotionally fueled song.

7 We're in This Together We're in This Together Cover Art

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

The Moment when the Refrain begins with "You and me! " is one of the greatest, breath-taking moments in modern music history. It sounds like the perfect soundtrack for a perfect Action-Sequenze in a movie. It's like packing the insanity and intensity of Mad Max:Fury Road in a 4 Minute song

8 Right Where It Belongs Right Where It Belongs Cover Art

"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!

9 The Perfect Drug The Perfect Drug Cover Art

This is a very interesting song... Should be in first 5, the music is awesome and lyrics are very good. Also the music video of this song should be rewarded. (Maybe it is, I don't know.)

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.

10 Only Only Cover Art

Not my favourite but very good. Especially the "There is no you" part

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

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 Reptile Reptile Cover Art

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.

13 Terrible Lie Terrible Lie Cover Art

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.

Bias a little, considering it was their first song I ever heard, but should definitely break the top 5.

14 Something I Can Never Have Something I Can Never Have Cover Art

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.

15 Ruiner Ruiner Cover Art

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

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

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."

16 Copy of A Copy of A Cover Art

This song is flippen amazing!

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

17 You Know What You Are? You Know What You Are? Cover Art

Beautifully agressive

18 Somewhat Damaged Somewhat Damaged Cover Art

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.

19 Into the Void Into the Void Cover Art

The much darker aesthetic of the song in comparison to it's disc one counterpart, La Mer, fits all too well with the album. The synth in the song is amazing, the repetition is perfect; the song is top five for me.

The synth is amazing

Really underrated. Should be in the top 5.

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

20 And All that Could Have Been And All that Could Have Been Cover Art

This ranking only proves how so many NIN fans have never even heard it

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


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!

21 Came Back Haunted Came Back Haunted Cover Art

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...

22 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.

This song should be on first 5. 10/10 lyrics

23 The Day the World Went Away The Day the World Went Away Cover Art

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.

The world is already sinking into chaos.

24 Getting Smaller Getting Smaller Cover Art

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

25 The Great Below The Great Below Cover Art

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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