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The Best Nine Inch Nails Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 2.1k votes 498 voters 4.6k views12 items

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Nine Inch Nails are regarded as one of the best industrial rock bands and one of the best bands of all time. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Nine Inch Nails albums, with the help of your votes. Arguably the one band that brought Wax Trax-inspired industrial music to the mainstream, Nine Inch Nails, led solely by multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, wrote jagged, but accessible alternative dance music with pop embellishments for the masses. NIN’s first sign that they were different than the rest of the pack in their genre was when they released The Downward Spiral (1994), which changed the landscape of industrial dance music forever. Other popular NIN albums include Pretty Hate Machine (1989) and The Fragile (1999).

This Nine Inch Nails discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Nine Inch Nails albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Nine Inch Nails singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Nine Inch Nails album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves.

This list of popular Nine Inch Nails CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Nine Inch Nails album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

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  • The Downward Spiral
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    1. Mr. Self Destruct
    2. Piggy
    3. Heresy
    4. March of the Pigs
    5. Closer
    6. Ruiner
    7. The Becoming
    8. I Do Not Want This
    9. Big Man with a Gun
    10. A Warm Place
    11. Eraser
    12. Reptile
    13. The Downward Spiral
    14. Hurt"

    • Release Date: 1994
    • Artist: Nine Inch Nails
    • Tracks: Ruiner, Piggy, The Becoming
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Industrial music, Industrial metal, Industrial rock
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  • 1. Somewhat Damaged
    2. The Day the World Went Away
    3. The Frail
    4. The Wretched
    5. We're in This Together
    6. The Fragile
    7. Just Like You Imagined
    8. Even Deeper
    9. Pilgrimage
    10. No, You Don't
    11. La Mer
    12. The Great Below

    • Release Date: 1999
    • Artist: Nine Inch Nails
    • Tracks: The Big Come Down, I’m Looking Forward to Joining You, Finally
    • Genres (Music): Electronica, Alternative rock, Industrial music, Industrial metal, Art rock
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  • 1. Head Like a Hole
    2. Terrible Lie
    3. Down in It
    4. Sanctified
    5. Something I Can Never Have
    6. Kinda I Want To
    7. Sin
    8. That's What I Get
    9. The Only Time
    10. Ringfinge

    • Release Date: 1989
    • Artist: Nine Inch Nails
    • Tracks: That’s What I Get, Down in It, Terrible Lie
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Industrial music, Synthpop, Electronic dance music, Electronic music
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  • With Teeth
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    1. All the Love in the World
    2. You Know What You Are?
    3. The Collector
    4. The Hand That Feeds
    5. Love Is Not Enough
    6. Every Day Is Exactly the Same
    7. With Teeth
    8. Only
    9. Getting Smaller
    10. Sunspots
    11. The Line Begins to Blur
    12. Beside You in Time
    13. Right Where It Belongs

    • Release Date: 2005
    • Artist: Nine Inch Nails
    • Tracks: You Know What You Are?, All the Love in the World, With Teeth
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Alternative metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock
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