The Library of Congress has issued their 2014 list of recordings to be preserved in the National Recording Registry, bringing the total number of honored records to 400.
Every year, 25 new works are added to the registry which was originally formed in 2000. Each selected track or album is deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and must be at least ten years old.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said of the registry: "These recordings represent an important part of America’s culture and history. As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation’s aural legacy is protected. The National Recording Registry is at the core of this effort."
This year's inductees:
•The Laughing Song - George Washington Johnson (c. 1896)
•They Didn’t Believe Me - Harry Macdonough and Alice Green (1915)
•Brother, Can You Spare a Dime - Bing Crosby; Rudy Vallee (both 1932)
•Were You There - Roland Hayes (1940)
•Caldonia - Louis Jordan (1945)
•Dust My Broom - Elmore James (1951)
•When I Stop Dreaming - The Louvin Brothers (1955)
•Cathy’s Clown - The Everly Brothers (1960)
•Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
•Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (1994)
•A Night at Birdland (Vols. 1 and 2) - Art Blakey (1954)
•Texas Sharecropper and Songster - Mance Lipscomb (1960)
•The First Family - Vaughn Meader (1962)
•Carnegie Hall Concert with Buck Owens and His Buckaroos - Buck Owens and His Buckaroos (1966)
•Theme from ‘Shaft’ - Isaac Hayes (1971)
•Only Visiting This Planet - Larry Norman (1972)
•Celia & Johnny - Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco (1974)
•Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring - Aaron Copland (1974)
•Heart Like a Wheel - Linda Ronstadt (1974)
•Sweeney Todd - Original Cast Recording (1979)
•The Joshua Tree - U2 (1987)
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