The glorious sucker-punch cry of defiance that is "No, You Don't." It starts out with some fairly generic pain-doom-angst lyrics, then unexpectedly turns around. It is incredibly refreshing.
Their performance at Woodstock 94 is considered to be the highlight of the entire festival and the moment that catapulted Reznor to superstardom.
"The Great Destroyer" from Year Zero has this "World of Cardboard" Speech listed on the main page: "I hope they cannot see the limitless potential / living inside of me to murder everything / I hope they cannot see I am the GREATDESTROYERRRRRR..." Coming out of the guy who created The Downward Spiral and wallowed in angst and depravity for much of The '90s, this is kind of a triumphant moment for Trent Reznor.
Basically, fans will argue any full-length from 1989-1999 to be Reznor's masterpiece.
Nobody ever seems to mention With Teeth, while it isn't the project's best work, it did show that Trent still had it in him to make music.
Year Zero, a grim Concept Album composed muchly on Reznor's laptop and featuring arguably some of his most visceral work in years. It's by far his most critically acclaimed work of the 2000s.
Hesitation Marks. It's proof that an artist known for writing angst anthems can indeed come back with a mostly upbeat and positive-sounding album and not lose any of his spark or integrity. But if we had to point out specific examples:
"Copy of A". The very definition of simple yet effective.
"All Time Low". Trent getting in touch with his sexy side and it's hard not to love. And the outro... that outro...