6. 'We're in This Together'
In the five years between The Downward Spiral and The Fragile, Reznor believed music had "taken a big shit." During that time, he spent two years of 16-hour days in Big Sur, California, crafting his band's new album. It also yielded a reinvigorated – and, yes, slightly more sane – Reznor. "I turned a corner," he told Rolling Stone at the time. "I had to slap myself in the face: 'If you want to kill yourself, do it, save everybody the fucking hassle. Or get your shit together.'" A statement of his newfound outlook came in the form of "We're in This Together," a guitar-drenched, straight-ahead rocker that found Reznor displaying previously unseen optimism. "You and me/ We're in this together now/ None of them can stop us now/ We will make it through somehow," he sings.