In the time since its release in 1994, "Hurt" has been covered by a slew of wide-ranging artists, from Johnny Cash to Leona Lewis. Despite being the final track on The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nails' original version is undoubtedly the album's cathartic center. "I hurt myself today/ To see if I still feel," Reznor whispers in hushed desperation. The singer later recalled the deep emotional toll the song's recording took on both him and his band. "We were crying when we made it, it was so intense," he said. "I didn't know if I even wanted to put it on the album."