The Library of Congress just added twenty-five new recordings to it’s National Recording Registry deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant to the American sound

The Library of Congress just added twenty-five new recordings to its National Recording Registry, according to NPR. The new entries include Dr. Dre’s 1992 album The Chronic, an album of favorite songs from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”, the 1978 Village People single “Y.M.C.A.”,  the original cast recording of the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof, and a recording of the 1951 Dodgers-Giants game (called by the broadcaster Russ Hodges), which featured Jackie Robinson and ended with Bobby Thomson’s famous walk-off homer – known as “the Shot Heard ’Round the World.” This year’s entries were selected from about 800 nominations, by the librarian of congress Carla Hayden. According to the New York Times, she is billing this year’s inductees as the “ultimate ‘stay at home’ playlist” in light of the recent coronavirus pandemic. ~

Created in 2000, the registry is meant to set aside recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It is meant to showcase the breadth and depth of American sound. 25 recordings are chosen every year to be preserved for posterity. The recordings must be at least ten years of age to be chosen. According to the Library of Congress’ website, “The diversity of nominations received highlights the richness of the nation’s audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations.” The complete list can be viewed on the website, and those interested can also nominate recordings for consideration. Nominations are forwarded to the Librarian of Congress and the National Recording Preservation Board. ~

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