Albums The Best Nine Inch Nails Albums of All Time  

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List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

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.

The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nine Inch Nails Albums of All Time
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The Downward Spiral


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, Big Man With a Gun, Eraser, + more

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Industrial music, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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#15 on The Best Albums of the 1990s

#19 on The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

#70 on The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

#6 on The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 1990s

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The Fragile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nine Inch Nails Albums of All Time
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The Fragile


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, I'm Looking Forward To Joining You, Finally, + more

Genres (Music): Electronica, Alternative rock, Industrial music, Industrial metal, Art rock, + more

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Pretty Hate Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nine Inch Nails Albums of All Time
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Pretty Hate Machine


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, Head Like a Hole, Sin, + more

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Industrial music, Synthpop, Electronic dance music, Electronic music, + more

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Broken is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nine Inch Nails Albums of All Time
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1. Pinion
2. Wish
3. Last
4. Help Me I Am in Hell
5. Happiness in Slavery
6. Gave Up
7. Physical
8. Suck

Release Date: 1992

Artist: Nine Inch Nails

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