The Best Episodes of MTV Unplugged

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Vote up your favorite episodes of MTV Unplugged

There are so many amazing episodes of MTV Unplugged, providing you with front row access to intimate sets by your favorite artists, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Nirvana: Unplugged in New York" the best, or is Erykah Badu's 1997 set your favorite episode of MTV Unplugged? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of MTV Unplugged are, let's rank every MTV Unplugged episode from best to worst.

MTV Unplugged is a series showcasing bands and solo artists through acoustic performances. The series thrived in 1990s and produced many iconic live albums. MTV Unplugged premiered on MTV on November 26, 1989 with an episode featuring Squeeze, Syd Straw, and Elliot Easton. Several MTV Unplugged albums, including those by Nirvana, Eric Clapton, and Shakira, won Grammy Awards.

Vote up your favorite episodes of MTV Unplugged, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one MTV Unplugged episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • Alice in Chains

    Alice in Chains

    May 28, 1996
    66 votes
    • Season: MTV Unplugged - Season 7
    • Episode Number: 2
    Full Setlist: Nutshell Brother No Excuses Sludge Factory Down In A Hole Angry Chair (Unaired) Rooster Got Me Wrong Heaven Beside You Would? Frogs (Unaired) Over Now The ...more
  • Pearl Jam

    Pearl Jam

    May 13, 1992
    39 votes
    • Season: MTV Unplugged - Season 3
    • Episode Number: 4
    One of the hottest new bands to emerge out of music hot bed Seattle at the time of this taping, Pearl Jam was currently riding high on the success of their debut album Ten, which spawned the smash ...more
  • Nirvana


    December 14, 1993
    59 votes
    • Season: MTV Unplugged - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 13
    Seattle sensation Nirvana taped a performance for ""MTV Unplugged"" in New York City in November of 1993. Band members Kurt Cobain (lead vocals, guitar), Krist Novoselic (bass) and Dave Grohl (drums) ...more
  • Stone Temple Pilots

    Stone Temple Pilots

    February 02, 1994
    27 votes
    • Season: MTV Unplugged - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 1
    Stone Temple Pilots, the hard rock sensation based south of Los Angeles, taped a performance for MTV Unplugged in New York City in November of 1993. Band members Weiland (vocals), Robert DeLeo ...more
  • The Cranberries

    The Cranberries

    April 18, 1995
    24 votes
    • Season: MTV Unplugged - Season 6
    • Episode Number: 4
    Since their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, the Irish quartet, the Cranberries, have been captivating audiences with their unique sound. The band is comprised of ...more
  • 10,000 Maniacs

    10,000 Maniacs

    June 01, 1993
    20 votes
    • Season: MTV Unplugged - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 7
    ""MTV Unplugged"" presents the ethereal folk-rock sound of 10,000 Maniacs. The band began performing around upstate New York in the early '80s, incorporating English rock and island rhythm influences ...more