Best MTV Unplugged Performances

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

The Top Ten

1 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Product Image

Alice in chains was perfect...not anything could have been better

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.

AIC is my favioute band I love rooster and down in a hole unplugged but equally pearl jams and nirvanas are just as a good. Not to say AIC shouldn't be first but just for me to appreicate these epic performances. But I do like seeing AIC being first as incomparison to nirvana and pearl jam they get no credit even though I see them as a superior band. I just love grunge in other words.

Comments suggesting this is revered because of Layne Staley's death are mindless. He and his band-mates lives are vivid in this performance. All the unexpected (ugly) beauty that this band illuminated for many is on display here.

2 Nirvana Nirvana Product Image

No doubt about the fact Where did you sleep last night performance part has become one of the epic moments in music history. great

This performance was amazing I loved it
And I also lived on a plain ut was the best

Great performance. I don't really hear Nirvana in comparison to AIC, STP or PJ but hearing kurts vocals in where did you sleep last night and the (chello) in the background througout their songs it reminded me of AIC jar of flies and now I know who the original was it makes this performance more unique and really made me appreicate Nirvana's vocals and music.

Chains was great and it's a real tough vote... Really the big differences... Layne was a little off in some of the songs, though sounded good overall... Sludge factory, for example, he couldn't hit the notes like he used to... The big factor, for me, the performance of where did you sleep last night. There were some powerful performances on unplugged, but nothing could compare to the ending of this masterpiece... When Cobain takes that last breathe before belting out the last words... Goosebumps like no other.

3 Pearl Jam

Love this performance it had so much energy and pure emotion as his lyrics and feeling about his dad really was expressed through this performance.

Really the best out there, the way he effortlessly sings and brings such diffrent emotions in every song... man!

Vedder's voice is so beautiful and powerful... Black, alive, porch... Absolutely wonderful!...

Pearl Jam... Eddie's voice, drums, jeff's bass, Mike's guitar... Best unplugged for me...

4 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Product Image

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.)

5 Korn Korn Product Image

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

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

6 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots Product Image

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?

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

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 Neil Young Product Image
8 Oasis

The greatest for a reason, Noel Gallagher performed those songs like they'd never been performed before, giving a flawless set.

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 The Cure

Rob Smith voice sounds the same as studio songs

10 Metallica

The best band of rock heavy

The Contenders

11 R.E.M.


12 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Product Image

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

Yess! He really IS the Master of the masters

13 KISS KISS Product Image

Kiss is just one of the greatest groups to ever take the stage

Kiss and Nirvana's unplugged are best in my opinion, for so many reasons. So much great moments.

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.

14 Duran Duran

Great arrangements, great singing, great atmosphere

15 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen Product Image
16 Sheryl Crow
17 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.

18 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Product Image

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!

19 Shakira Shakira Product Image

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

One of the best music albums ever made

A classic for latin music.

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

20 George Michael

When mtv unplugged sounds even better and more energetic than studio album!

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.

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

21 Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Product Image
22 Soda Stereo Soda Stereo Product Image

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.

23 Foo Fighters
24 Zoè Zoè Product Image

I love this because I feel I can fly!

Quality and beautiful music

Best concert ever

Best vocals ever!

25 10,000 Maniacs 10,000 Maniacs Product Image

10,000 Maniacs and Alanis Morissette should both be in the top 10. Both girls vocals are faultless.

Why isn't this in the top ten?

So much talent!

This is number 1

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