Best MTV Unplugged Performances

Which band/artists performance on MTV Unplugged is best ever out of these?

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1Alice In Chains

Stigmatic, harmonic, every word, every tone, simply and very complicated. Realistic and mysterious, dark and full of light, troubled and optimistic. The very best that music can give us. Breathtaking performance of the entire band. This is how life is. Bravo.

Layne Staley performed at his best, despite the condition he was in. Harmonic melodies of Layne and Jerry were the uttermost of any unplugged performances. May Layne live withing our souls and never forget the original Alice In Chains that have changed the era of Grunge music and may he RIP.

Layne Staley was far beyond amazing. More when he was sick as hell and weak due to his problem. But he was fantastic a true artist, a true singer, a true performer. RIP Layne you are extremely missed. Hope you're at peace now

This haunting performance moved me beyond words. The entire performance was brilliant but Nutshell and Down in a Hole were outstanding. There will never be another Layne Staley, he and Jerry Cantrell were an amazing force. I wish Layne was still here making incredible music but I hope he found the peace he was missing here. Alice in Chains fan for life!

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2NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

Spectacular performance! (About a Girl, Dumb, On a Plain, Come as you are) Adept in every way. Kurt Cobain will be remembered forever.

#1 by quite a bit. Oh Me and Where did you sleep last night are two of the best performances on MTV Unplugged ever.

I haven't seen a better unplugged in my life! WHAT A PERFORMANCE! Not just by Kurt, but Krist, dave, pat, everyone was awesome! Loved it! Seen it like a 100 times already!

There's no question this is the best, what

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3Pearl JamPearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. more.

Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums... Everything was on point. Hands down my favorite one.

Vedder's voice in it's prime! A band with a lot of talent at a young age, and a preview of things to come!

Black was hauntingly beautiful! The raw emotion with which eddie sung it was absolutely wonderful!

Lots of greats including Clapton, Nirvana, etc...but this is the best one. Best all around."

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4Eric Clapton

I think this is best MTV unplugged ever... Ec has introduced totally different version of his song Layla... Many people just convert the song in unplugged version but this was something else... New tune new groove and yet same chordal formation but totally different approach... Also the best Tears in Heaven song was introduced in this Album...

Fun listening to Layla. It got me on my knees

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5OasisOasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

It was amazing especially the way noel took over because Liam backed out minutes before the show. This should be tied with 1.

"It was magical and you could see who had the talent... "

When the lead singer backs out of any gig, it can be disastrous.
But luckily for MTV and viewers around the world, Noel Gallagher stepped up and took the day.

6Stone Temple PilotsStone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. more.

Wicked Garden, Creep, Plush. The DeLeo prove their virtuosity when it comes to guitar playing and Scott Weiland puts on one of his greatest performances ever. Usually overlooked, but never forgotten in the hearts of the 90s youngsters

Stone Temple Pilots taped their MTV Unplugged performance the day before Nirvana. Isn't that amazing? - Rotinhell9555

Plush was the best song. RIP Scott Weiland we miss you :( - Rotinhell9555


Listen to the original versions of Blind, Freak On A Leash, Make Me Bad and etcetera, then to their unplugged versions.

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9MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.V1 Comment

All these crappy fly by night grunge bands clog up the Top 10 give me a break... Not one single Unplugged performance had the impact culturally, financially, or cosmically than did KISS Unplugged. Why? Because it reunited Peter and Ace back with Gene and Paul after 15 years of war. This show lead to the full-time reunion of the original KISS lineup which was the top grossing tour in the world for several years and made a kagillion more dollars, while all these other grunge bands faded into 90's obscurity. Unplugged was a footnote for most of these bands, for KISS it was a complete transformation and launching pad.

Hello! A stunning performance, good songs, audience participation and the reunion KISS Unplugged is nearly as good as a normal KISS show!

One of if not the best unplugged albums EVER!

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The Contenders

11Duran DuranDuran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US.

Great arrangements, great singing, great atmosphere

12Bruce Springsteen
13Neil Young
14Sheryl Crow
15Mariah Carey

Simply the best MTV unplugged performances! Mariah is the best singer in the world!

I loved- the best female voice of years!

Mariah Should Be #1! Did you hear her "Vision of Love"? OUTSTANDING!

The only unplugged album with a Billboard #1. Enough said.

16Alicia Keys
17ShakiraShakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.V1 Comment
18Soda Stereo

You could see who's the best latin rock band

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19R.E.M.R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.
20George MichaelGeorgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally by his stage name George Michael, is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Why is George Michael not on the list? This is unplugged musical perfection! No doubt!

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2. Nirvana
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