The Downward Spiral (studio album) by Nine Inch Nails

The Downward Spiral
The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
Year: 1994
Overall rank: 145th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 1,029 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1994 (6th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (30th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (145th)
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The Downward Spiral is ranked as the best album by Nine Inch Nails.

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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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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,029 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.7/100, a mean average of 81.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.5.

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From 09/23/2020 17:43
Few good songs. Rating (72.86)
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From 09/14/2020 20:54
This sounds like Headache: The Album. How is anyone supposed to glean anything from this noisy mess? Aside from the song Hurt which is great of course. But even then, you could just listen to a certain cover that is definitively better... just saying.
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85/100
From 06/03/2020 03:09
very good album, not accessible in the slightest. It took me 30 times trying to listen to finally get all the way through. But when I finally finished it, My jaw was dropped to the floor and I oddly became much happier.
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From 05/29/2020 13:20
Fav. Tracks: March of the Pigs, Closer, Hurt.
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90/100
From 05/05/2020 14:22
I believe this album to have some of the best production I've ever heard. Most albums being released now dont hold a candle to the mixing and mastering of this. Closer I feel to be a true ten out of ten song. This album is what it says on the tin. An album getting more and more bleak as it goes on. I think the song (downward spiral) Is a very smart choice, to have a load of different elements of songs come together creating this narrative of the protagonist being overwhelmed by everything hes gone through. This album I think will forever be great as it is really the pinnacle of industrial music and certainly one of the best album narratives ever.
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90/100
From 02/19/2020 03:17
thanks for the nightmares trent.
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80/100
From 01/18/2020 04:33
Closer is without a doubt one of the songs of the decade, and there are a couple more gems on this record, but it drags and most of the songs don’t stand out.
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90/100
From 12/23/2019 17:08
I have comented below of how I wasn't crazy about this album, and how It is strange he isn't in the top 100 with such high rated tracks. But now I Just don't care about It.

A album like this is kind Of hard to get into, It is so gritty, hard-hitting and dark that If you aren't in the right mindset for It It just doesn't click you.

I Just love tracks that mixes lyrics with instrumentals, I praise when they are balanced and have good chemistry.

If a song has lovely lyrics, It has to bring lovely instrumentals along with It in The right parts.


If a song has absolutely disgusting lyrics that questions your mental sanity, It has to do the same on how It sounds.

And Ninch Inch Nails do this on this album.
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100/100
From 10/07/2019 02:47
Thank God "Closer" was written in 1994.
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80/100
From 10/03/2019 19:18
I've never had an album make me so uncomfortable in my life, and that's exactly what's so special about it. The theme of evil and sadness hits you over the head on almost every song and man it hits so hard. Especially the closer, Hurt just might be the most hard-hitting song of all time, it leaves you in shock after the album is long over. This definitely isn't an album you can listen to all the time but when you do take the time, get ready to feel
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