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Nine Inch Nails’ 10 Biggest Billboard Alternative Hits

Ahead of Nine Inch Nails' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Billboard looks back at the band's biggest hits on the Alternative Airplay chart.

Nine Inch Nails has been influencing musicians and earning accolades since mastermind Trent Reznor released industrial-rock debut album Pretty Hate Machine in 1989. Among the band’s many accomplishments since its inception are two Grammys, an Oscar, an Emmy (yes, NIN is shy just a Tony to achieve the coveted EGOT status), and three multiplatinum albums. The late legendary Johnny Cash also loved the band’s The Downward Spiral single “Hurt” so much that he covered it in 2002.

Now, three decades after NIN’s first release, the band is being recognized with an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 on Nov. 7 alongside Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, T. Rex, and The Doobie Brothers. In celebration of the honor, Billboard looks back at Reznor and co.’s achievements on Billboard‘s Alternative Airplay chart.


See Nine Inch Nails’ 10 biggest Alternative hits below.

Rank, Title, Peak Position, Peak Date 

1. “The Hand That Feeds,” No. 1, May 28, 2005

2. “Only,” No. 1, Oct. 22, 2005

3. “Every Day Is Exactly The Same,” No. 1, March 4, 2006

4. “Closer,” No. 11, June 4, 1994

5. “Capital G,” No. 6, July 14, 2007

6. “Hurt,” No. 8, May 13, 1995

7. “Survivalism,” No. 1, April 14, 2007

8. “Discipline,” No. 6, May 31, 2008

9. “Came Back Haunted,” No. 7, July 13, 2013

10. “Down In It,” No. 16, Jan. 20, 1990

Nine Inch Nails’ Biggest Alternative Hits ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Alternative Airplay chart, through the Nov. 7, 2020, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.