Best MTV Unplugged Performances

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

The Top Ten

1 Alice In Chains

This performance had more gravity than any other unplugged show. It was their first show in over 2 years and Layne Staley was visibly unhealthy. Their powerful, angry songs stripped down to acoustic sound more sad, like Staley, who lacks the power his voice once had. Make no mistake, Staley still delivered a powerful and unforgettable performance.

I can't express how good this performance is!

Great performance. Great songs. Great vocals. Great vibe! Voted #1

Best unplugged ever, just perfect!

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2 Nirvana

Kurt opening up his eyes to take last breath before he belts out last note in "where did you sleep last night" to cap off best live performance of all time...unmatched!

Possibly the best live recording ever - If you think you know better I would love to hear it!

Kurt is the inspiration for my musical passion. He will be forever remembered.


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3 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

Second only to Nirvana

I've heard all of the albums on here and Clapton's by far exceeds them in terms of originality, innovativeness and influence. Alice In Chains was awful, the only reason it's ranked so high is because Layne died (same goes for Nirvana being second.)

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4 Pearl Jam

Favorite, favorite, favorite. Absolutely love it.

Black... Best live performance of all time

For me... The best!

The most underrated band ever with a performance that will be remembered as timeless

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5 Korn

I was never a fan of Korn, but they made an amazing job on this one; the taiko ensemble, the collaborations specially Robert Smith, it blew my mind and still does every time I listen to it.

Korn, Metallica, Nirvana, Pearl Jam etc. all had amazing unplugged concerts, don't know why people hate them

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

Not many people can appreciate this, but it's really good if you actually listen to it

6 Stone Temple Pilots

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

Plush has too be number 1 bye far,I mean nirvana was awesome but I think plush goes right to the soul! and its easy too sing! lmao.

7 Neil Young
8 Oasis

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.

9 Metallica

The best band of rock heavy

10 Bob Dylan

Dylan's best official live album (not counting the Bootleg series).

Yess! He really IS the Master of the masters

The Newcomers

? Placebo Placebo Placebo are an English alternative rock band, formed in London in 1994 by singer-guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal.

Placebo at their best.

? Maxwell Maxwell Gerald Maxwell Rivera,, better known by his stage names Maxwell and Musze, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor.

His performance and voice were absolutely stunning, to say the least. Barely missed any notes, and somehow made his already beautiful slow jams into even more soulful and beautifully crafted masterpieces. I can barely listen to the studio version of This Woman's Work anymore because I know the one he performed on here was superior to it. 5 Stars.

The Contenders


This performance put them squarely back onto the public conscience and a reunion with the original line up. When a band can light up the crowd with acoustic instruments then something is going right.


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!

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12 Duran Duran

Great arrangements, great singing, great atmosphere

13 The Cure

Rob Smith voice sounds the same as studio songs

14 R.E.M.


15 Bruce Springsteen
16 Sheryl Crow
17 Shakira

One of the best music albums ever made

Shakira just before the international breakthrough is the purest Shakira you will ever see.

A classic for latin music.

3rd Best by a solo performer behind Bruce Springsteen and of course Eric Clapton

18 Mariah Carey

She was amazing. The best vocalist and the Songbird Supreme.

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!

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19 George Michael

George Michael MTV Unplugged is one of his best live performance. He is a true artist. Legendary. Iconic.

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

George showing of his singing skills with the great back vocals and the awesome band playing along was a BLAST. Everything sounded so perfect, catchy rhythm and maybe one of his best performances LIVE. (MTV Unplugged 1996.) For some reason it wasn't released in DVD format. Worth listening and the world will surely be missing this great Compositor and a Musician. R.I.P. George, thanks for giving us this great music you've made during your career. Your voice and spirit were the most beautiful gifts from God. One of the most influential artists.

20 Alicia Keys
21 Soda Stereo

You could see who's the best latin rock band

Great unplugged, the performance is amazing

Best MTV Unplugged album ever

Simply the best by far... RIP Cerati.

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22 Zoè

Quality and beautiful music

I love this because I feel I can fly!

23 Bryan Adams

Awesome album

24 10,000 Maniacs

Why isn't this in the top ten?

So much talent!

25 La Ley
26 Lauryn Hill
27 Alanis Morissette

Most be in top ten!

28 RED
29 Foo Fighters
30 Paramore

Should be in at least best 10 honetsly

Paramore should at least be in the contenders list! It hurts my eyes seeing Katy Perry there and not even a mention to the stunning performance Paramore did in 2009. Hayley really showed off her vocal skills and managed to put up an amazing concert. Furthermore, Josh and Tyler were capable of rocking an unplugged performance which isn't easy.

31 Café Tacvba
32 Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
33 Roxette


34 Charly Garcia

No capte a charlie garcia hasta oir su unplugged

35 Hole
36 Tony Bennett

It Had To be Me.. Oh me poor me yes me.. It had to be me...

37 Miley Cyrus
38 Dashboard Confessional

You'll never see a crowd sing every word to every song like this.

An extremely emotionally driven band playing in the most intimate of environments makes this show so special to hear the music and see how into it all the fans are, this is my all time favourite Dashboard moment

39 Queensrÿche

"How can everyone forget this band and this performance?!? "

40 Jay-Z
41 Thirty Seconds to Mars

They should be top 10

42 Katy Perry
43 Ratt

Forget about bands from 92 to this day. This guys really could play and make some serious acoustic arrangements. Their genre is what make unplugged a reality.

44 Hootie and the Blowfish Hootie and the Blowfish
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