Head Like a Hole

"Head Like a Hole"
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Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album Pretty Hate Machine
ReleasedMarch 22, 1990 (1990-03-22)
FormatCompact disc, 12"
Songwriter(s)Trent Reznor
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"Down in It"
"Head Like a Hole"
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 2
Halo 3
Halo 4
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"Head Like a Hole" is a song by the American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released as the second single from the group's debut album, Pretty Hate Machine.

The song is an industrial rock song with elements of electronic and dance music, and is one of the more rock-oriented songs on the album. Lyrically, it discusses betrayal and angst.

"Head Like a Hole" is among the band's most famous songs, and remains both a fan and critic favorite. It enjoyed heavy rotation on the radio at the time of its release, eventually reaching number 9 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. It has been covered by several artists, including Devo, Showbread, AFI, Korn, Buckcherry, and Miley Cyrus.


Trent Reznor wrote "Head Like a Hole" in 1988, after touring with Skinny Puppy. Flood, Adrian Sherwood, and Keith LeBlanc were co-producers of the song, and it was recorded in 1989.[1] "Head Like a Hole" was one of the last songs completed for the album, since Flood did not arrive to the studio until the completion of Depeche Mode's Violator (1990).[2]

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