Top Ten Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

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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.

This song couldn't get more hotter than it is already, GOOD GOD. - pureblood

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2 Hurt

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!

One of the greatest songs of all time on one of the greatest albums of all time...

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3 Head Like a Hole

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 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. - AngryByrd

Cool song. It's their breakthrough. It's their best. Catchy. And stuff.

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4 Wish

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!

One of their heaviest songs. It's awesome.

BEST SONG EVEERR (the R bears repeating)

I love this son g..i t is also sung by Linkin Park

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5 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.

It is a Bing

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6 Every 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. 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.

It's that kind of song which you would want to listen in repeat mode, again and again...

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7 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.

This song its not there yet where it belongs

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8 The 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

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

I love the Gothic feel to the video...this song was the transition from the Downward Spiral to The Fragile...

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9 We'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. - AngryByrd

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

This song really makes you feel included in NIN's struggles.

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10 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.

P good to be honest fam

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The Newcomers

? Slipping Away

Why isn't this on the list already? Seriously, who made this list?

The Contenders

11 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.

The ultimate song for getting over things you dislike.

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12 March of the Pigs

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..

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13 Terrible Lie

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.

This should be ranked a lot higher. Way ahead of it's time, one of their best.

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14 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.

15 Ruiner

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

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16 The Day the World Went Away

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.

17 Star****ers, inc.

How is this masterpiece not in the top 10.

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

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18 Into the Void

The synth is amazing

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

19 The Becoming

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

20 A 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 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.

Only one thing more depressing than this song: the fact that it's only at number 20. - Mercwithamouth

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