Only (Nine Inch Nails song)

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Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album With Teeth
ReleasedJuly 25, 2005
RecordedSeptember – December 2004
Songwriter(s)Trent Reznor
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"The Hand That Feeds"
"Every Day Is Exactly the Same"
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 19
Halo 20
Halo 21

"Only" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. It was released as the second single from Nine Inch Nails' fourth album, With Teeth. "Only" reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, where it stayed for seven weeks. It is the second successful release that Nine Inch Nails has had in the UK, peaking at number 20.

The song is regarded as a fan favorite and has been a staple of Nine Inch Nails live performances for several years, placed by as their 20th most played song live.[1]

Recording and release[edit]

"Only" was the last song completed for With Teeth.[2]

Like the previous single, "The Hand That Feeds", "Only" was only widely released in Europe. European releases include a CD, a DVD, and a 9" vinyl. The only United States release is a vinyl format—a remix record with mixes from Richard X and El-P.

Like "The Hand That Feeds", "Only" was released as a GarageBand multitrack file, as well as for DigiDesign Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and Sony ACID Pro. A fan remix community page was set up on MySpace.[3]


"Only" has been labeled as dance-rock,[4][5] dance-punk,[6] new wave revival[7] and synth-pop.[8]

Music video[edit]

A screenshot from the music video, depicting Trent Reznor's face in pin art, the central image of the video.

The music video for "Only", directed by David Fincher and relying almost entirely on CGI created by Digital Domain,[9] shows various objects in an executive's office coming to life with the propulsion of the song and was released on July 12, 2005 at[10]

The main focus is Trent Reznor's face appearing on the novelty Pin Art that sits on the desk. The only non-CGI components of the video are a person's hand[citation needed] (Fincher's, who owns the PowerBook in the video[citation needed]) and the cars in the background[citation needed].

Track listing[edit]

Promo (Interscope Records INTR-11468-2)
1."Only" (Radio Edit)4:01
UK single
2."The Hand That Feeds" (The DFA Remix)9:01
3."Love is Not Enough" (Live at Rehearsals)3:50
4."Only" (music video)4:27
UK single/DVD
2."Love is Not Enough" (Live at Rehearsals)3:50
3."Only" (music video)4:27
UK 9" vinyl
2."The Hand That Feeds" (The DFA Remix)9:01
12" vinyl and promo CD (Interscope Records B0005465-11)
1."Only" (Richard X Remix)7:24
2."Only" (El-P Remix)4:21
3."Only" (Richard X Dub)7:51
4."Only" (Richard X Edit)3:46
5."Only" (El-P Instrumental)4:21


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Tour statistics - songs played total". Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Trent Reznor (February 26, 2005). "Access". Archived from the original on April 24, 2009.
  3. ^ "NIN Remixes". MySpace. Retrieved February 1, 2008.
  4. ^ "Nine Inch - Nails With Teeth". Stylus Magazine. May 6, 2005. Archived from the original on May 17, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Arnold, Chuck and Ralph Novak (May 16, 2005). "Picks and Pans Review: Nine Inch Nails". People. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "Nine Inch Nails". Spin. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  7. ^ Schiller, Mike (May 17, 2005). "Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth". PopMatters. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  8. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (May 3, 2005). "Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth". Slant. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "In Brief: Moby, Crow". Rolling Stone. July 22, 2005. Retrieved May 21, 2007.
  10. ^ "nine inch nails - the official website". nine inch nails. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Singles : Top 20". Jam!. August 4, 2005. Archived from the original on August 6, 2005. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "RR Canada Rock Top 30" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1634. November 25, 2005. p. 55. ISSN 0277-4860. Retrieved October 14, 2019 – via American Radio History.
  13. ^ " – Nine Inch Nails – Only". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  14. ^ " – Discography Nine Inch Nails". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  15. ^ " – Nine Inch Nails – Only". Top Digital Download. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  16. ^ " – Nine Inch Nails – Only". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  17. ^ "Nine Inch Nails: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  18. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  19. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  20. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  21. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  22. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  23. ^ "The 2005 Year in Music and Touring – Hot Modern Rock Songs" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 117 no. 52. December 24, 2005. p. YE-70. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 19, 2020 – via American Radio History.
  24. ^ "Alternative Songs – Year-End 2006". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.

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