The Downward Spiral (album) by Nine Inch Nails

The Downward Spiral
The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails (1994)
Overall rank: 153rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 10 albums of 1994 (7th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (33rd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (153rd)

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The Downward Spiral is ranked as the best album by Nine Inch Nails.

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The Downward Spiral track list

Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 87 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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From Street21221 07/20/2019 15:32
Favorite Tracks:The Becoming, Big Man With A Gun
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From xhitmanx 07/01/2019 19:39
Awesome album. You wanna hear what hell on earth sounds like? Listen to this.

Favorites: Closer, Hurt
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From leMonk 06/04/2019 08:48
TrentR looks for the extremes on this album. As an artist he succeeds, but as a musician he wants to make his statement somewhat too clear and uncompromising. There are limits to the use of distortion. Because this album is very much appreciated by the fans, I think it's important to listen to the album a few more times and possibly change my scores for the individual tracks. The benefit of the doubt, because TrentR is an intelligent musician who can perfectly channel his despair and dark emotional life. What I miss on this album are some Dark Ambient tracks. The sound collages will only pop up frequently later in the musical output of NIN, but they should have already appeared on this album.
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From MusicLover4581 02/22/2019 18:18
This album is definition of industrial music, Hurt is best and most emotional/destructive closer track ever, Trent's masterpiece.
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From Rivera 01/31/2019 04:46
Welcome to Trent's nightmare. A work of genius, but every time I get to the end I feel shattered.
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From JimagineL 12/16/2018 01:30
I am not crazy about this album, but I think this is just umpratical, i mean, how can an album with two 92 rated tracks are not in the top 100? I mean there are SEVERAL albums there that doesn't have a single one of them. I guess this site is contradicting itself sometimes.
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From Meowtopia 06/05/2018 16:35
The genius of the album is undeniable- a fantastic listen.

Due to the nature though I don't always find myself vying to listen to it.
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From gibson 05/11/2018 00:52
I know this album is super creative and new. But I feel sludge, prog black metal etc. is better for the purpose of being difficult and rewarding music.
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From Onater 03/28/2018 07:06
...times sure have changed since my last comment...
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From planetneutral 02/04/2018 16:19
Not something I would readily listen to again, but tolerable enough.
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Best Albums of 1994
1. Grace by Jeff Buckley
2. Weezer (The Blue Album) by Weezer
3. Dummy by Portishead
4. Definitely Maybe by Oasis
5. Illmatic by Nas
6. MTV Unplugged In New York by Nirvana
7. The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
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