The Downward Spiral

Release date
23 Nov 2004
Running length
27 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Mr. Self Destruct 4:30 203,938
2 Piggy 4:51 280,147
3 Heresy 5:19 251,111
4 March of the Pigs 4:11 329,885
5 Closer 6:13 592,071
6 Ruiner 4:56 236,171
7 The Becoming 4:30 233,656
8 I Do Not Want This 5:42 202,562
9 Big Man With a Gun 1:36 209,215
10 A Warm Place 3:23 244,638
11 Eraser 4:52 201,084
12 Reptile 6:51 201,960
13 The Downward Spiral 3:56 185,192
14 Hurt 5:00 458,015
1 Burn (Soundtrack Version (Explicit)) 5:00 1,443
2 Closer (Precursor) 7:15 51,182
3 Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) 4:03 74,261
4 A Violet Fluid 1:03 47,102
5 Dead Souls 4:53 131,881
6 Hurt (Quiet) 5:09 69,642
7 Closer to God 5:06 58,503
8 All the Pigs, All Lined Up 7:28 42,671
9 Memorabilia 7:22 47,986
10 The Downward Spiral (The Bottom) 5:58 58,544
11 Ruiner (Demo) 4:50 23,409
12 Liar (Reptile Demo) 6:56 22,973
13 Heresy (Demo) 4:00 23,167

About this album

The Downward Spiral (also known as Halo 8) is the third major release by American Industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails, released in 1994 on Reznor’s own Nothing Records (a vanity label of Interscope Records). “Halo 8” of the official Nine Inch Nails halo releases, it is a concept album detailing the destruction of an undisclosed man; from the beginning to his climatic suicide. The album was a major commercial success that secured Nine Inch Nails as a force in the 1990s music scene, in particular following the release of the single “Closer” and its controversial video.

To record the album, Reznor rented the house located at 10050 Cielo Drive in Beverly Hills, California where actress Sharon Tate was murdered by members of the Manson Family in 1969. Reznor built a studio space in the house which he named Le Pig, after the message that was scrawled on the front door with Tate’s blood by her murderers. Reznor told Entertainment Weekly that despite the notoriety attached to the house, he chose to record there because, “I looked at a lot of places, and this just happened to be the one I liked most.” Reznor moved out of the house in December 1993, after he said “there was too much history in that house for me to handle.” After the album’s recording, Trent Reznor consulted with the landlords and had the house demolished shortly after.

Reznor made a statement about working in the Tate house during a 1997 interview with Rolling Stone:

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  • ViniciusStilt

    One of my favorite albums of all-time.

    11 Apr 3:21am Reply
  • WickedProphet

    This album is important [2]

    26 Mar 9:28pm Reply
  • SBrewski

    this album is important

    16 Mar 3:08am Reply
  • ShiverTool

    Today is the 20th anniversary of my favorite album, The Downward Spiral. Long live Nine Inch.Nails! And now...the album in emoji! 👫💗💋🙏⛪️💊💉🔫🐷💔🐏⛪️🔫🔥🐖🐖🐖💗🐶🐯🐴😠🐄💪👒🔊😔💬💔🙎🔫😔✏️💭🐜🐉💗🔫💉💭😔🔫💀

    6 Mar 5:11pm Reply
  • Faraudo2112

    This is one of the best (if not the best) albums ever. Period.

    16 Feb 8:44pm Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    An incredible piece of work.

    6 Feb 11:39pm Reply
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  • OldSchoolKing

    The copy I have is the 2004 10th anniversary edition, but my cousin has the original 1994 release, and I was checking it out one day and it doesn't lists the tracks anywhere on the CD itself or the packaging and the artwork. Of the original 1994 releases, the only editions I've seen that list the songs are the cassette and vinyl editions.

    31 Jan 9:28pm Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    "My favorite album is Pink Floyd's "The Wall."" shit taste. "This is an industrial, even darker version of that, and it's amazing." no it isn't. it's not incoherent and overlong and self parodying and generally dull, it's actually pretty good.

    13 Jan 4:52pm Reply
  • pyschoklown2

    my favorite album

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gmac1993

    My favorite album is Pink Floyd's "The Wall." This is an industrial, even darker version of that, and it's amazing.

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Gaffes

    The perfect structure for a concept album. It remains insuperable. The greatest concept album of all time.

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Meloku666

    I own this on cd, cd-deluxe, cassete, vinyl... yes, I really like it!

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TheInfiniteVoid

    Best album ever made, in my opinion.

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • pink_flamingo_

    a piece of music history. a masterpiece!

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TheSamWhoLaughs

    what happened to music like this? :( [2]

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano


    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • alexcarva86

    Amazing album.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jae__moon

    what happened to music like this? :(

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • AndrewYNWA

    One of the best albums ever [3,]

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
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