Top 10 Nine Inch Nails Music Videos: #1

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And so we have arrived! Today marks the release of How To Destroy Angels‘ debut full length album Welcome Oblivion (iTunes) and also the number one pick for our Top 10 Nine Inch Nails Music Videos countdown! Head on below to see what many of you guessed would be the best of the best!

“Closer”


Album: The Downward Spiral
Director: Mark Romanek

Did you really think there could be any other possibility? This video is sexual, ethereal, terrifying, controversial, artistic, engaging, captivating, mysterious, beautiful, and so much more. It is a visual representation of everything that is Nine Inch Nails. Not only is it the best NIN music video, it is also one of the greatest music videos ever released.

Alright readers, what are your thoughts? Think I nailed it (no pun intended) or did I flub it up entirely? Lemme know in the comments below!

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  • dr.lamb

    List was very good. I would only swap #3 and #2.

  • lucie-with-a-gun

    no shock ending here.
    also i would have included the vid for hurt in the top 10.

  • Michael_M

    I refuse to watch Cannibal Holocaust due to its depiction of actual animal torture as a shock tactic. Although this video does not reach that level of violence, I find it difficult to respect any kind of film that relies on animal suffering and death as part of its aesthetic.

    I remember watching this when it was originally broadcast. The images of the monkey had been isolated to show only the face which suggested that it was archival footage that had been included. This version, which I have never seen before, is unedited and reveals that it involved the real distress of a monkey tied to a cross. How long it had to stay in this position to get the needed footage we’ll never know.

    The other scenes involving animals are likewise personally distasteful. Happiness in Slavery would be a much better synthesis of film and Reznor’s lyrics, especially since Flanagan willingly chose to participate, if it wasn’t for the fact that the pace of the music is at odds with the images.

    Considering the talent involved, I know they could have tried harder. “Let’s tie a monkey to a cross” is just lazy, like a lot of the imagery here.

  • markajacoby

    A great video for what is one of my least favorite NIN songs. Just never understood the fascination with this song. But holy cow? Has it really been almost 20 years? I feel OLD.

    Great top 10. Not sure I’d argue with anything. Great job!

  • sweetooth

    Not only do I agree that this video is the perfect representation of the Nine Inch Nails aesthetic (particularly for the Downward Spiral era) but after this video was released almost everyone under the sun copied it (the decayed brown color scheme, the quick cut jittery camera work, damaged film stock, insects, etc).

    Hey Michael_M, at least they didn’t actually crucify the monkey. Maybe he was trained and they untied him between takes?