Alright #FaceOff we're sweeping the 80's for the best Rock song; We'll eventually tackle all decades - bracket style - to complete our tournament.
Nine Inch Nails released "Head Like A Hole" in 1989, excitingly featured as the opening track for their debut studio album 'Pretty Hate Machine' via TVT Records. Influenced by industrial metal group Ministry, the lyrics are political in nature expressing the lack of integrity within society's greed-induced culture. The band is credited to have performed this song as their encore within the Pretty Hate Machine Tour Series, promoting the album from 1989 to 1991.
Stevie Nicks, eight years prior, in 1981, dropped "Edge of Seventeen" as Track #06 from her debut-solo-album 'Bella Donna' via her own label, Modern Records. Public archives confirm this song is a grieving tribute to the death of her uncle & the murder of John Lennon (Beatles) within the same week in 1980. She was previously the vocalist for Fleetwood Mac.
Who wins? You decide!
Nine Inch Nails - "Head Like A Hole" (1989)
Stevie Nicks - "Edge of Seventeen" (1981)