89: Johnny Cash - Hurt
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The Top 1,000 Songs Of All Time - 100 to 1
12. 89: Johnny Cash - Hurt
"If I could start again / A million miles away / I would keep myself / I would find a way." Dying only a year after its release, Hurt became Cash's epitaph. Trent Reznor, who originally wrote the song with Nine Inch Nails, acknowledged that - despite his fears that the song might be seen as a gimmick - Cash's cover has now become the definitive version.