To celebrate the anniversary of Nirvana's MTV Unplugged
James Moore
14:33 18th November 2015

On this day in 1993, Nirvana recorded their MTV Unplugged special at Sony Studios, New York. Kurt and co played mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets and Lead Belly. The seminal album went on to win the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996, deservedly so. 

It got us thinking about how god damn great acoustic music can be when it's done right.

Listen, we all love percussion, electric chaos and very loud music, but sometimes you've just got take a couple of steps back, strip away the fat and bring things back to beautiful basics. 

That's why we've compiled a list of 16 of the greatest acoustic albums currently in existence. Forgive us if we've missed any or feel free to throw unnecessary abuse in our general direction on social media.