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20 greatest MTV 'Unplugged' albums

Yardbarker Logo By From Yardbarker of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 21: <p>"MTV Unplugged" premiered rather quietly in the fall of 1989 as an acoustic showcase for serious musicians (like 10,000 Maniacs and Michael Penn) who didn't go in for the glitz and glam most closely associated with the network. Within a year, those glitz-and-glam artists were eager to prove themselves as serious musicians, too, at which point "Unplugged" became a prestige platform for the music industry. The show's popularity quickly skyrocketed when Paul McCartney appeared in 1990, prompting MTV to begin releasing LPs of the most notable performances. These twenty albums are the best of the best.</p>

MTV's 'Unplugged' - Where musicians proved their chops

"MTV Unplugged" premiered rather quietly in the fall of 1989 as an acoustic showcase for serious musicians (like 10,000 Maniacs and Michael Penn) who didn't go in for the glitz and glam most closely associated with the network. Within a year, those glitz-and-glam artists were eager to prove themselves as serious musicians, too, at which point "Unplugged" became a prestige platform for the music industry. The show's popularity quickly skyrocketed when Paul McCartney appeared in 1990, prompting MTV to begin releasing LPs of the most notable performances. These twenty albums are the best of the best.

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