'MTV Unplugged': The 15 Best Episodes

To celebrate the show's return, we look back at its greatest moments – from Jay-Z to Nirvana

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12. Paul McCartney (1991)

After taking off a decade from the road, Paul McCartney went on a long tour in 1989 that took him to stadiums all over the world. But they were large, impersonal shows, and in early 1991 he was eager to do something completely different. Unplugged was the perfect opportunity to do that. He leaned hard into the concept, using completely acoustic instruments and not cheating in any way. The intimate show skipped most of his obvious hits in favor of covers like "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky" mixed in with lesser-known songs from his solo career like "Every Night" and "That Would Be Something." The highlight, however, is a stunningly tender rendition of "And I Love Her." It remains the definitive version outside of the Beatles original. The show came out on CD in the summer of 1991 as Unplugged (The Official Bootleg), the first of many official Unplugged album releases. 

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