19 Most Unforgettable MTV Unplugged Performances That Will Give You An Eargasm


It’s been 27 years since the 1989 debut of MTV Unplugged, and a lot has changed on television. But there’s no denying that the pop culture program, the title of which has inspired a shorthand for any acoustic performance and stripped-down, intimate stage presentation, was a musical touchstone. 

We’ve traveled back in time to remember some of MTV Unplugged’s best performances and picked out the 19 most essential, most memorable, most goosebump-giving of them. Which one is your favorite?

1. Aerosmith - One Way Street

2. Bruce Springsteen - Red Headed Woman

3. Eagles - Hotel California

4. Paul McCartney - Every Night

5. Rod Stewart - Handbags And Gladrags

6. Neil Young - Like A Hurricane

7. Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World

8. KISS - Rock And Roll All Nite

9. Bon Jovi - Living On a Prayer & Wanted Dead Or Alive

10. Jimmy Page & Rober Plant & Najma Akhtar - The Battle Of Evermore

11. Eric Clapton - Layla

12. Alice in Chains - Down in a Hole

13. Elton John - Sad Songs (Say So Much)

14. The Cure - Just Like Heaven

15. REM - Losing My Religion

16. Korn - Blind

17. Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl

18. Sting - Every Breath You Take

19. Björk - Violently Happy

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