Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

Your picks include "Hurt," "Head Like a Hole" and "Closer"

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8. 'Reptile'

Featured on NIN's brilliant 1994 concept album The Downward Spiral, which ranked at Number 201 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and chronicles a man's brutal self-destruction, "Reptile" is a tornado of self-inflicted fury – in this instance, directed at a female. "Oh my beautiful liar/ Oh my previous whore/ My disease, my infection/ I am so impure," Reznor cries. As he told Rolling Stone in the fall of 1994, "I probably rely too much on sexual imagery as a metaphor for control, but I'm totally intrigued by it."

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