Editors' Notes While preparing for Nirvana's 1993 appearance on MTV Unplugged, frontman Kurt Cobain was reportedly so worried about translating the songs into an acoustic setting that he almost asked drummer Dave Grohl to sit out. Grohl played, but the point remains: Sometimes the most effective way to reveal the heart of a song is to strip it to its core. Here's a collection of contemporary rock tracks, pared down and reinvented by the original artists. Our editors regularly add new tracks to this playlist. If you hear something you like, add it to your library.

SONG
ALBUM
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of (Acoustic Version)
3:44
 
Mariposa (Acoustic)
3:36
 
1979 (Acoustic)
4:14
 
Hallucinogenics (Stripped)
3:07
 
Champagne Supernova (MTV Unplugged Live at Hull City Hall)
3:58
 
Honeybee (Live Acoustic)
3:27
 
Are You Gonna Be My Girl (UK Acoustic Version)
3:57
 
Promise Me (Acoustic)
3:26
 
Fake Plastic Trees
4:20
 
Freakin' Out On The Interstate (Acoustic Version) [Live]
5:04
 
Nothing Compares 2 U (Live At SiriusXM/2015)
5:03
 
Unintended (Acoustic Version)
4:02
 
Broken (Acoustic)
3:22
 
Angels & Demons (Acoustic)
2:53
 
Everlong (Acoustic Version)
4:10
 
Deleter (Acoustic Version)
3:37
 
Swing Life Away
2:26
 
Bad Night (Acoustic)
4:20
 
Dance Monkey (Stripped Back)
2:51
 
Hurt By You (Stripped)
4:05
 
You Oughta Know (Acoustic Version)
4:58
 
Not OK! (Acoustic)
3:14
 
The Freshmen (Live)
4:50
 
Go Easy (Acoustic)
3:56
 
Used To Like (Acoustic)
4:25
 
Hollywood (Alternate Acoustic)
3:09
 
Sit Next to Me (Acoustic)
4:18
 
Chlorine (Mexico City)
3:58
 
Let's Fall in Love for the Night
3:10
 
Champion of the World (Reimagined)
3:38
 
listen before i go (live)
4:34
 
When Am I Gonna Lose You (Acoustic)
4:11
 
Drive (Acoustic)
3:47
 
Happier (Stripped)
4:10
 
Plush (Acoustic)
3:50
 
I Just Wanna Shine (Acoustic)
3:01
 
Nothing Else Matters (Live at the Masonic, San Francisco, CA - November 3rd, 2018)
6:27
 
S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) [Live at Longboat Hall]
3:40
 
Crash Into Me (Live)
5:33
 
Chocolate (Acoustic Version)
3:58
 
The Good Life (Acoustic /Live)
4:38
 
Complainer
3:43
 
Fake Plastic Trees (Acoustic Version)
4:45
 
Thunder (Live) [Acoustic]
3:34
 
Little Lion Man (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
4:15
 
Lightning Crashes
5:24
 
Loner (Acoustic)
2:52
 
Alaska (Acoustic)
4:23
 
3:11
 
Could Have Been Me (Live / Acoustic)
3:27
 
You and I (Acoustic)
3:10
 
Better Man (Live Acoustic Version)
4:45
 
Gave You Everything (Acoustic)
3:40
 
Cleopatra
4:48
 
Ghost (Acoustic)
4:29
 
Mr. Jones (Live At Chelsea Studios, New York/1997)
5:17
 
Avant Gardener (MTV Unplugged Live in Melbourne)
5:34
 
Shut up and Dance (Acoustic)
3:13
 
The '59 Sound (Acoustic)
3:54
 
Ain't No Rest for the Wicked (Unpeeled)
2:59
 
Sorry (Acoustic)
3:34
 
Losing My Religion (Live / Acoustic)
4:44
 
Shine (Acoustic)
3:24
 
Free Fallin' (Live)
4:23
 
4:12
 
Believe (Acoustic Version)
4:07
 
Something to Believe In (Live Acoustic)
3:44
 
Jane Says (Live)
4:20
 
Uh Huh (Acoustic)
2:51
 
Get Right (Acoustic)
2:57
 
Saturday Sun (Acoustic)
2:41
 
Somebody to Shove (Live at MTV Unplugged, New York City - April 1993)
3:33
 
Adore (Acoustic)
3:10
 
The Man Who Sold the World (MTV Unplugged)
3:47
 
Shake It Out (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
4:38
 
Last One to Die (Acoustic)
2:18
 
Through Glass (Live Acoustic)
4:44
 
Lost Cause
3:47
 
You're the Best Thing About Me
3:45
 
She Talks To Angels (Acoustic Bonus Version)
6:19
 
I'll Wait (Acoustic)
3:12
 
Love Interruption
2:37
 
Bad Blood (Live Piano Version)
3:28
 
Walk on the Ocean (Live at Catspaw Studios, Atlanta, GA, 06/1994)
2:51
 
Good (Stripped)
2:48
 
No One's Gonna Love You (Stockholm Version)
3:48
 
Daniel
4:29
 

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