Best MTV Unplugged Performances

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

The Top Ten

1 Alice In Chains Alice 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 performance was filled with tons of emotions. I listend it 1000 times.

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2 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana 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. ...read 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!

Literally what describes a perfect performance by ANYONE! All one take, stayed away from mainstream songs, wasn't afraid to be open to the audience, and just had a good ol' time doing it - and have you heard 'Where did you Sleep Last Night?! ' Holy ****, his voice, it really proves the band has talent, honestly the best unplugged performance EVER!

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3 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Pearl 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. ...read 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!

The top 3 is ruled by The Big Four of Grunge(excluded Soundgarden). Amazing.

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4 Eric Clapton Eric 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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5 Oasis Oasis Oasis 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.

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

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7 Korn Korn

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

8 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan V 1 Comment
9 Metallica Metallica Metallica 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". ...read more. V 1 Comment
10 KISS KISS

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

11 Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran 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

12 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen
13 Neil Young Neil Young
14 Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues.
15 Mariah Carey Mariah 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.

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16 Alicia Keys Alicia Keys
17 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. V 1 Comment
18 George Michael George Michael Georgios 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!

19 Soda Stereo Soda Stereo

You could see who's the best latin rock band

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20 R.E.M. R.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.
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