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8. Nirvana - 'MTV Unplugged in New York'
Everybody from Roxette to Duran Duran and Queensryche taped MTV Unplugged specials in the Nineties. Nobody talks about any of those. Even Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam's Unplugged specials have largely been forgotten. Eric Clapton caused a big stir with his, but when is the last time anybody really played that thing straight through? At the end of the day, the only Unplugged with any real legs is Nirvana's. Taped in November of 1993 – five months before Kurt Cobain killed himself – the concert is one of the band's crowning achievements. They skipped most of the obvious hits (including "Smells Like Teen Spirit") and focused on covers of songs by Lead Belly, David Bowie and the Meat Puppets. They even invited the Meat Puppets onstage for a few songs, even though few MTV viewers had ever heard of the group. It's impossible to say how Nirvana would have evolved had Kurt lived, but Unplugged in New York is proof positive they had plenty more to say.