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3. Nine Inch Nails - "Hurt" (1994)
The 90s most iconic goth was easily Trent Reznor, who steam-powered his icky feelings right up the post-Nirvana pop charts, scoring some of the most unimaginably sadistic radio hits of all time (Rihanna only wishes she could get away with something as extreme as "Closer"). There's no straining to understand a line like, "I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel." Given second life as a Johnny Cash song, "Hurt" was pure enough to be the death's door definition and last big moment for pop's original, iconic Man in Black.