Best MTV Unplugged Performances

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

The Top Ten

1 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

Best buy far.

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2 Nirvana

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!

"As an Old Memoria"

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3 Pearl Jam

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!


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4 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

5 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.

6 Korn

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

7 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.

8 Neil Young
9 Bob Dylan V 1 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

11 Metallica V 1 Comment
12 The Cure

Rob Smith voice sounds the same as studio songs

13 Duran Duran

Great arrangements, great singing, great atmosphere

14 R.E.M.
15 Bruce Springsteen
16 Sheryl Crow
17 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!

Should be #1

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18 Shakira

A classic for latin music.

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

19 George Michael

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
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1. Alice In Chains
2. Eric Clapton
3. Korn
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2. Neil Young
3. The Cure
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