Nine Inch Nails

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible in: 2014 (The 2015 Induction Ceremony)

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2015 (ranked #110) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
The Downward Spiral (1994)
The Fragile (1999)
Hesitation Marks (2013)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Head Like a Hole (1989)
Closer (1994)
Hurt (1995)
The Hand That Feeds (2005)
Every Day Is Exactly the Same (2005)

Nine Inch Nails @ Wikipedia

Nine Inch Nails Videos

Will Nine Inch Nails be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


69 comments so far (post your own)

Nine Inch Nails was considered one of the most influential acts of the nineties. If I recall correctly, all of Trent's albums were considered albums that changed the way people look at music, especially with The Fragile and his first album Pretty Hate Machine. And also if I recall correctly, Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana were basically considered two of the most influential and important bands of the 1990s.

Posted by Chaz Smith on Wednesday, 08.23.06 @ 16:53pm

I was surprised that the percentage for the induction chances aren't higher. To me, they're absolutely deserving for the Hall.

Posted by S. W. on Friday, 09.1.06 @ 08:29am

NIN will be a no-brainer for the next decade. Or should be, at least.

Posted by kirk on Thursday, 01.18.07 @ 02:54am

It's more fun when there are idiots who disagree. Come on, someone talk smack about NIN!

Posted by Al on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 08:49am

They are so very deserving of being inducted in to The Rock And Roll Music Hall Of Fame!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Emily on Friday, 03.16.07 @ 11:28am

its going to be great seeing nirvana and nin inducted the same night. these are the greats!

Posted by bobby on Tuesday, 03.20.07 @ 12:21pm

First year guaranteed.

Posted by maplejet on Thursday, 04.5.07 @ 13:40pm

As said by countless others, Nine Inch Nails alone reinvented the industrial genre and brought it into the limelight. There is no other band deserving of this privilege; it would be a terrible shame to see Trent Reznor go unnoticed.

Posted by May on Tuesday, 05.8.07 @ 18:53pm

Should also note that NIN's albums have all been different in their own ways...YZ was a great album.

Posted by maplejet on Monday, 05.14.07 @ 13:04pm

gets my vote, simply for being the ant bon jovi. on a more serious note i'd mention that he lays all the instruments on his songs, and is self produced (as far as i know).

Posted by liam on Saturday, 10.6.07 @ 14:56pm

by 'lays' i meant 'plays'. as far as i know trent reznor is not a pervert

Posted by liam on Saturday, 10.6.07 @ 16:11pm

With Teeth is absolutely NOT their 'essential album.' Try Downward Spiral.

Posted by anonymous on Thursday, 10.11.07 @ 12:02pm

If NIN doesn't get in, then there's a problem. Who else has made a streak of acclaimed albums? From Pretty Hate Machine to The Fragile, and then Year Zero. However With Teeth is still good.

And don't forget the live act....I'd kill to see them one day. Their old concerts circa 1994-96 looked so insane. Trent is Legend.

Posted by Tom on Sunday, 11.11.07 @ 11:01am

"Who else has made a streak of acclaimed albums?"

The Smiths, New Order, Sonic Youth, Blur, Talking heads, Chemical brothers, Roxy Music, The Who, The Clash, The Cure, David Bowie.....need i go on?

Posted by liam on Sunday, 11.11.07 @ 11:14am

NIN are getting in first year for sure.

And why the hell is their worst album the "essential" pick?

Posted by Anti You on Sunday, 11.11.07 @ 15:06pm

With Teeth was the first NIN CD/Album to spawn more that two #1 hits based on the 'mainstream music charts', even if fans think it's the worst of the NIN discography. Could that be why it's the "Essential Pick"? Sure. It's not The Downward Spiral or the Fragile, but it put Reznor back into the spotlight...proving that people still care about the music he makes no matter how many years it took for him to release new music.

Posted by Reveftw on Friday, 12.7.07 @ 23:45pm

Nine inch Nails completely deserves to be in the hall of fame. because Trent is musical genius

Posted by renee on Saturday, 12.8.07 @ 09:02am

yeah, they will be getting in for sure.
BTW the guy who said blur has good albums, more like one hit wonder. They couldn't even reach popularity in the US, song 2 is all they have.
Also the essential album should be Pretty hate machine, or the downward spiral.

Posted by Danny on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 22:36pm

Liam - I read this comment and my hand balls up into a fist again. No one called you an F'n idiot here, so why do you respond like that. Just because someone disagrees with you is no reason to lash out like you do. If you are using the f word for effect, stop, because f'n anything on a computer is impotent.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 01.5.08 @ 11:24am

"No one called you an F'n idiot here, so why do you respond like that."

Because he completely disrespected one of my favourite groups, simply because he's too lame to look beyond that stupidly catchy hit "Song 2". Also, what he said wasn't true, as Blur have plenty of solid albums.

I'd say that's fair enough.

Posted by liam on Sunday, 01.6.08 @ 09:54am

Because he completely disrespected one of my favourite groups

What, are you in the RnR Mafia? Maybe we should throw him into the reservoir and wrap his favorite album in Newspaper and present it to you so you know he sleeps with the fish.

Blur is just a band who has fans and non-fans. I am sure they are not fretting over what someone might think of them.

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 01.6.08 @ 11:41am

No, Dameon, Danny was the one who said that Blur doesn't have any good albums (which isn't true), and that they were a one-hit wonder who couldn't reach popularity (which doesn't matter because most American people I've met are stupid tourist-folk who go ape-sh*t just because you tell them (lie) about having met the Queen)

And actually, Blur was, and is, a very influential group, who will hopefully be inducted once the art snobs siege the HoF on one of its induction ceremonies.

Posted by liam on Sunday, 01.6.08 @ 12:00pm

Liam - that is all fine and well, but you still don't have to respond in kind by calling someone a f'n idiot.

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 01.6.08 @ 12:13pm

Fine - next time it'll be "dumb*ass w*nking piece of cocksucking whore"


Posted by liam on Sunday, 01.6.08 @ 12:16pm

Liam - should I guess that you live across the pond in the U.K.? I really do hope you don't talk to people like this in person because if you do, I would imagine that you catch a hell of a lot of beatings.

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 01.6.08 @ 12:49pm

"Liam - should I guess that you live across the pond in the U.K.?"

I swear I've already told you that I live in England...

"I really do hope you don't talk to people like this in person because if you do, I would imagine that you catch a hell of a lot of beatings."

Nope. I was ofcourse joking with the last comment.

Posted by liam on Sunday, 01.6.08 @ 12:54pm

I never said they didn't have good albums. apparently in the UK they are pretty big.
But the fact stands that they couldn't produce a follow-up hit in the US.
There have been many British bands to have success in the US and they are all legends.
-Pink Floyd
-The Beatles
-The Who
-Sex Pistols
All legends with Multiple Us hits, how come Blur can't follow up the hit man?
Also, no need to swear we're all friends here right, mate?

Posted by danny on Thursday, 01.10.08 @ 05:27am

Danny, there's a somewhat subtle difference between "how many US hits are had" and "general quality of albums". Maybe you'll figure out what that is, one day.

The most likely reason Blur failed to have more than just "Song 2" as a hit, is most likely because the hits they had HERE (UK) wouldn't gel with the US mainstream - "Girls & Boys", "There's No Other Way" and "The Universal" are all great examples, and in particular "Parklife" simply because it sounds too british.

Posted by liam on Thursday, 01.10.08 @ 08:11am

simply because it sounds too british

I always thought America enjoyed that real British sound.

There have been many British bands to have success in the US and they are all legends

Blur is an excellent band. My belief is that their are different tiers of excellence. The Beatles, The Who and such are on one tier. Just because Blur may not be on that same tier, does not mean that they are still not deserving. I do see your point with commercial success, but I am not sure that really should apply to Blur. They have had commercial success elsewhere.

Posted by Eric on Thursday, 01.10.08 @ 09:40am

"I always thought America enjoyed that real British sound."

I'm sure they like to think so, but in reality, no, they don't. People bring up bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who as examples against my point, but they fail to realize that all those bands had heavily-audible american influences.

A band like Blur or The Kinks, whose music is different in that focuses on british issues etc., is guaranteed not to get much recognition in the USA.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 13:44pm

They are shoo-ins to me. Well, more like "he is". Trent should be in HoF, just look at what he's doing with distribution of Ghosts I-IV. The man is a musical genius and a visionary when it comes to music business.
Thank God for Trent Reznor!

Posted by FNT on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 01:02am

Perhaps not right away in the first year, but definitely somewhere down the road. After all, NIN is a bit too unsafe for the HoF (imagine those tuxedoed penguins singing "I wanna f**k you like an animal"!?!), but too big even for for those squares to be ignored.

Posted by denyo on Sunday, 04.27.08 @ 09:20am

NIN better inducted. Trent deserves the recognition. He's earned it.

Posted by aquadonia on Wednesday, 05.7.08 @ 03:11am

If the Hall of Fame has any sense, Nails will eventually be inducted. Trent and Co's influence is still seen to this very day.

Posted by masamune3570 on Wednesday, 05.7.08 @ 22:39pm

I am a big NIN fan so I may be bias but I look at the list of recent inductees and I like the chances. If R.E.M. and the Sex Pistols get in, and I'm not knocking those bands, NIN should be in for sure.

Several albums went multi-platinum.

To this day he is changing how people hear music. His newest album "the slip" was offered free of cost as thanks to his loyal fans.

Lets not forget that the RARHOF is in Cleveland. Not far from Mercer, PA where Reznor grew up. He has a huge fan base in the NE Ohio area and that could be a help.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 06:20am

Well, unless his huge NE Ohio area fan base is part of the vomiting (err, I mean: voting) commitee, I don't see how this could be of any help.

Posted by denyo on Tuesday, 05.13.08 @ 12:41pm

does anyone no nin started in clevland, lol

Posted by kyle on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 12:48pm

While not the greatest industrial act by far, NIN will definitely be the first to be inducted. I totally think it should happen, but Ministry and Skinny Puppy should be inducted first.

Posted by Seth on Thursday, 11.20.08 @ 21:05pm

Back to the album war. Obviously downward spairal is the "quintessential" album. But With Teeth has aged very well with time and has become my favourite. Its packed with great tunes : beside you in time, sunspots, right where it belongs, Only, Love is not enough, Everyday is exactly the same, With Teeth! It really is a very listenable and awesome album. Oh and Haal of Fame forsure.

Posted by bleedthru on Saturday, 04.4.09 @ 10:22am

NIN heck YEA best band ever, on another note fad gadget aint half bad thanks to the dork who suggested them, great new tunes for me.

Posted by tomcat666 on Wednesday, 04.15.09 @ 01:42am

Web adm...I know I don't have exclusive rights to the name, but a little etiquette would possibly be in order. I think it's just rude!

Posted by Gitarzan (the real one) on Monday, 04.20.09 @ 23:47pm

Gitarzan - how does it feel to be so loved?

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 04.21.09 @ 02:59am

That wasn't a fake, it was the real Gitar...

He just couldn't hold back anymore. His unrequited passion for Britney, hip-hop, Steve Perry, & especially Madonna eventually just got to him.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 04.21.09 @ 05:56am

BTW, for clarification, that last post really was me.

Yes, I am still me... I think...

Also, if you're young, hot, and female, you can do me.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 04.21.09 @ 06:04am

Dameon...Gitarzan, imitated (not very well), but never duplicated!!!

(Now imagine that sound a cartoon character makes when he's shaking his head trying to get his wits about him...)

Posted by Gitarzan (the real THANG!!) on Tuesday, 04.21.09 @ 06:20am

Look at the resume... One of the most important bands of the 90's but currently making major waves in distribution of music by offering free downloads online. At the very least Trent Reznor should make it on his own, but the Nine Inch Nails name will carry in with him. Influence is still huge and music is great.

Posted by MTW646 on Wednesday, 06.3.09 @ 08:41am

Hey back again, not to talk smack about Blur though.
I just wanted to give a sort of comparison of the albums by NIN and hopefully figure out which is the best or essential album.

Pretty Hate Machine- Good starter album, laid down the NIN sound, but is quite different from the rest. Mor song oriented, and not really a cohesive album. Still good, for a first album.

Broken- Not really an album. I don't listen to this one that much, but this album proved NIN was indeed rock and roll. It really showed the variety of music NIN could make.

The Downward Spiral- The most popular NIN album certified 4X platinum. It is the one most people are familiar with. A modern rock opera of sorts, it tells the story of the downward spiral of one mans life, and his ultimate suicide. A great and popular album for sure, but not the best.

Fragile- For those who haven't listened to this, you need to grab a copy. It is NIN's best work in my opinion. It is 2 discs filled with some of the most beautiful music ever composed. This album gives me hope that modern music still has a chance. The album features powerful instrumentals, beautiful lyrics, and extremely complex music.

With Teeth- This marks the point between the old and current NIN. The primary difference between the albums before this one was that Trent Reznor was now completely clean and sober. This album is completely song-oriented and it features some great catchy rock tunes. A good piece, but like I said not the best.

Year Zero- In my opinion the worst NIN album. Sure the story is cool, but besides that only two songs (Me I'm not, and Capital G) shine on this album. Every other song sounds the same, and overall this album was a let down.

Ghosts- A beautiful album, and the most complex by far. It however, is not mainstream, and is best listened to in headphones while smoking some good weed(Just kidding, lol).

The Slip- At first I didn't like it, but I now realize what it means. It is basically a mashup of all the music on the previous albums, it showcases all the different sounds NIN is composed of, and shows of the amazing things Reznor can do with music. Also, I specifically mention Corona Radiata, a song which is over 7 minutes in length, but is so well done, it really shows how much NIN's music has improved.

Posted by Danny on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 15:51pm

Of course they will get it is this even a real conversation? Am i in La LA land?

Posted by m Gozz on Thursday, 02.18.10 @ 18:20pm

Oh Danny you think to much dooche

Posted by m Gozz on Thursday, 02.18.10 @ 18:22pm

Yo danny the slip is great you kidding me induct them for that alone Please if posion can get in C'MON!!!!

Posted by m gozz on Thursday, 02.18.10 @ 18:28pm

as much as i want to believe they'll get in 1st try, i think their gonna be just like KISS and be snubbed for 10 years. They probably wont get in until the 25th anniversary of TDS

Posted by CM on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 10:06am

For all you guys arguing about the definitive nin album, how about we just agree on the definitive nin torrents. The best songs are there, right. I like pretty much everything he/they release(s), so i definitely think they're going to get in first year. Nin changed the way i look at music

Posted by Rivet on Friday, 06.4.10 @ 08:02am

These guys deserve to be in the Hall of Fame as much as anybody. Anybody that knows Nine Inch Nails, every album has had an impact on your life somehow.

Posted by Dan on Sunday, 08.1.10 @ 17:01pm

Yes. A no-brainer, and a probable first-ballot induction.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 08.2.10 @ 22:06pm

Maybe but not before Kraftwerk, the Cure and Depeche Mode.

Posted by Paul on Monday, 11.15.10 @ 07:59am

Chronologically Joy Division, New Order and maybe Bauhaus should get in first as well, plus the early industrial bands. However, the only ones of those I see getting in first are The Cure and DM.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 16:55pm

Correction: The Cure and DM MIGHT get in first, maybe.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 16:55pm

I wouldn't call any of them industrial, although there is industrial tendencies. Throbbing Gristle, Ministry, Cabaret Voltaire, Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly are the best Industrial bands to come before NIN. The roots of Industrial of course lie in 70's Kraut-rock.German electronic music and some post-punk like New Order and the like. Guys like Gary Numan too.

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 17:03pm

Completely agreed, though I'd also throw Nitzer Ebb in with the pre-NIN shining lights.

Posted by DarinRG on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 18:19pm

I didn't say any of them were industrial (though Joy Division were influenced by early industrial/proto-industrial, as evidenced on "Colony" and "Atrocity Exhibition"), just that since Paul was doing a "Band A before Band B" kind of thing, I'd thought I'd add to his list.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 11.21.10 @ 07:01am

Influence: NIn are probably the most influential industrial band around, bar maybe Throbbing Gristle. Yes
Innovation: One of the first to mix Industrial and Rock and bring it into the mainstream.
Critical respect: NIN are one of the more acclaimed artists of the 90's. Yes
Commercial Sucess: They are the biggest industrial group around. Yes

Posted by GFW on Monday, 08.29.11 @ 11:39am

some people on here are idiots, you do know that NIN has only one permanent band member it being trent reznor

Posted by jake on Monday, 11.21.11 @ 03:59am

I absolutely think that Nine Inch Nails should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are countless reasons why the man behind the music (Trent Reznor) is a natural born musician who puts his mind, body and soul into every ounce of his musical out pour. For him to never receive this award will be appalling. Nine Inch Nails is the soul purpose of everyone to listen to vinyl again. For the reason that you can't skip on vinyl due to Trent's unique attempt originality of each song. I can't see how anyone can not like Trent Reznor's music. The genius making of The Downward Spiral still gives me goosebumps to this day. Listening to Closer on a record player is epic, which probably one of my least favorite songs because so many people don't know the song title. This type of music ideas shows how different each of his albums are. It is a little mix of retro to begin with, then seeping down to metal. Please do yourself a favor Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and add an extra genius to your museum because generations should remember Trent Reznor's work when his long gone.

Posted by David J. Singleton on Monday, 03.4.13 @ 20:59pm

Nirvana & NIN - a good combo to make a night for sure. Just hope they don't let Courtney have anything to do with it.

Posted by Carla on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 15:45pm

Saw this act at Voodoo Music festival. They were the headliner on Saturday night. Intense show, what with the brooding music & the lights/smoke etc.

Mr. Reznor had a tight backing band & he played for approx 2 hours. Was dressed in some kind of leather outfit with what looked like Hammer pants (although suitably black & grey). Crowd not as big as for Pearl Jam the previous night. If you like NIN, you need to see them live as I think you would eat it up.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 11.18.13 @ 13:25pm

Trent Reznor and NIN are magnificent. Innovation, talent, musical excelence, and influential to a huge list of newer artist. So much deserve it.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 01:42am

They should rightfully be first ballot inductees, but when the Nomcom and voters have dicked around to the point that, at very least, Kraftwerk, the Cure and Joy Division haven't been inducted yet, can you really justify it. They have a huge fail on their hands this year no matter what they do.

Posted by DarinRG on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 02:15am

Do they have something against not- USA musicians? Joy Divisiona and The Cure should be in a long time ago!

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 21:57pm

the big question is.. who will be listed alongside Trent as members of NIN? who of the revolving cast of musicians will be listed as members of the band? richard patrick? danny lohner? robin finck? chris vrenna? josh freese? allsendro cortini?
will it be strictly studio musicians listed or are people who showed up for a short time (aaron north, etc.) listed as well? time will tell. ive been a fan since day one and its magic every time you press "play" or wait in the audience for the first not at a live show.

Posted by andrew on Thursday, 07.10.14 @ 20:53pm

Leave your comment:




Security Question:

Which letter is Springsteen's band named after?

Note: Emails will not be visible or used in any way, but are required. Please keep comments relevant to the topic. Any content deemed inappropriate or offensive may be edited and/or deleted. Basically, this sums up our policy.

No HTML code is allowed.

This site is not affiliated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.