Beginning in November of 1989 and continuing all the way up to the present day, MTV Unplugged is one of the best music-based shows to ever hit the small screen. It was a real TV staple back in the 90s, and early 2000s and typically depicts famous bands and singers in a small, intimate venue, putting on an hour-long, acoustic performance of some of their best songs. Some bands and artists even chose to release their ‘ Unplugged ‘ performances as separate albums, selling millions of copies all over the globe. Here are five of the most memorable episodes from the show.
Alicia Keys in 2005
The 90s were the real heyday of MTV Unplugged, but there were some very memorable performances in the 2000s too, and Alicia Keys’ appearance in 2005 stands out as one of the very best. She was joined by a host of special guests including Adam Levine and Mos Def.
She even later revealed that she’d had plans to get Bruce Springsteen in and perform a duet of his classic “New York City Serenade.” That would have made Keys’ episode even more spectacular, but it was already very memorable and fun to watch.