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The Best Episodes of MTV Unplugged

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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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    Winger with Slaughter

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    MTV presents an edition of ""MTV Unplugged,"" the acoustic music series, with hard rockers Slaughter and Winger. The program was taped in New York City on March 5, 1991 in an intimate studio setting. Winger band members Kip Winger (vocals/bass), Reb Beach (guitar/vocals), Paul Taylor (guitar/piano) and Rod Morgenstern (drummer) perform acoustic renditions of ""Headed For A Heartbreak,"" ""Loosin' Up,"" and ""Can't Get Enough."" Slaughter band members Mark Slaughter (vocals), Dana Strum (bass), Blas Elias (drummer) and Tim Kelly (lead guitar) get acoustic with their hit ""Fly To The Angels,"" which they dedicate to the soldiers who died in the Gulf, and the Beatles' song ""Revolution."" An...
    • Original Airing: Mar 24 1991
    • Season: MTV Unplugged - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 2
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    R.E.M. (1991)

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    R.E.M., the band touted by Rolling Stone Magazine as ""America's Best Rock and Roll Band,"" spent several hours in New York's Chelsea Studios on April 10, 1991 to tape a one hour acoustic performance for ""MTV Unplugged."" Original bands members Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (guitar/keyboards), Mike Mills (bass) and Bill Berry (drums), along with Peter Holsapple (guitar/accordion), perform a memorable acoustic medley of hits past and present. Song selections include ""Fall On Me"" (which Stipe tells the studio audience is his personal favorite), ""The End Of The World As We Know It,"" ""Losing My Religion"" and many more. An excerpt from the MTV Unplugged book... ""'This may well be my...
    • Original Airing: Apr 24 1991
    • Season: MTV Unplugged - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 5
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    MTV showcases the multi-faceted musical talent of Elvis Costello in this new edition of ""MTV Unplugged."" Taped in Los Angeles in June of 1991, Elvis performs ""So Like Candy"" and ""The Other Side Of Summer"" from his new release Mighty Like A Rose, and more. An excerpt from the MTV Unplugged book...""When we taped Unplugged, we arrange for a studio and tape a number of shows at one time. For this rotation, we planned on recording only Elvis Costello and Jane's Addiction. Jane's, however, was on the road to breaking up and decided to take this moment to enter the fast lane. The band said they knew nothing about their scheduled appearance. Guitarist Dave Navarro had disappeared. So the...  more
    • Original Airing: Jul 03 1991
    • Season: MTV Unplugged - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 7
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    The Cure

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    In its first European recording of ""MTV Unplugged,"" the highly-acclaimed acoustic music series, MTV presents an acoustic performance of one of Britain's premier alternative rock bands: The Cure. ""MTV Unplugged"" with The Cure world premiered March 3, 1991. Shot in a small, intimate studio in London, band members Robert Smith (vocals/guitar), Porl Thompson (guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Boris Williams (drums) and Perry Bamonte (keyboard) perform acoustic renditions of hit songs past and present. Song selections include ""Let's Go To Bed,"" ""Just Like Heaven,"" ""Caterpillar,"" ""The Blood,"" ""Boys Don't Cry"" and ""The Walk."" This marks the first episode of the series to be simulcast...
    • Original Airing: Mar 03 1991
    • Season: MTV Unplugged - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 1
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