Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named 25 recordings as audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

“The National Recording Registry reflects the diverse music and voices that have shaped our nation’s history and culture through recorded sound,” Hayden said. “The national library is proud to help preserve these recordings, and we welcome the public’s input. We received about 1,000 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry.”

The latest selections named to the registry span from 1921 to 2010. They range from rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop and country to Latin, Motown, jazz, and recordings of history as it happened. In addition to the musical selections, the new class includes the famous speeches of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, WNYC’s broadcasts on 9/11 and a podcast interview with comedian Robin Williams.

The recordings selected for the National Recording Registry bring the number of titles on the registry to 600, representing a small portion of the national library’s vast recorded sound collection of nearly 4 million items.

History as it Happens

New to the registry this year are the complete presidential speeches of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1945, which ranged from events such as the attack on Pearl Harbor to the campaign against polio. His speeches became defining political and social texts of their day.

Public radio station WNYC’s broadcasts from Sept. 11, 2001, also join the recording registry this year. The NPR station from New York City broadcast the chaotic first details of the attack on the World Trade Center from its studios just blocks away, and the station would struggle to keep its signal live because its transmitters were atop one of the towers. Remarkably, the WNYC staff remained on the air throughout the day.

2022 National Recording Registry Full List

(chronological order)

  1. “Harlem Strut” — James P. Johnson (1921)
  2. Franklin D. Roosevelt: Complete Presidential Speeches (1933-1945)
  3. “Walking the Floor Over You” — Ernest Tubb (1941) (single)
  4. “On a Note of Triumph” (May 8, 1945)
  5. “Jesus Gave Me Water” — The Soul Stirrers (1950) (single)
  6. “Ellington at Newport” — Duke Ellington (1956) (album)
  7. “We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite” — Max Roach (1960) (album)
  8. “The Christmas Song” — Nat King Cole (1961) (single)
  9. “Tonight’s the Night” — The Shirelles (1961) (album)
  10. “Moon River” — Andy Williams (1962) (single)
  11. “In C” — Terry Riley (1968) (album)
  12. “It’s a Small World” — The Disneyland Boys Choir (1964) (single)
  13. “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” — The Four Tops (1966) (single)
  14. Hank Aaron’s 715th Career Home Run (April 8, 1974)
  15. “Bohemian Rhapsody” — Queen (1975) (single)
  16. “Don’t Stop Believin’” — Journey (1981) (single)
  17. “Canciones de Mi Padre” — Linda Ronstadt (1987) (album)
  18. “Nick of Time” — Bonnie Raitt (1989) (album)
  19. “The Low End Theory” — A Tribe Called Quest (1991) (album)
  20. “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” — Wu-Tang Clan (1993) (album)
  21. “Buena Vista Social Club” (1997) (album)
  22. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” — Ricky Martin (1999) (single)
  23. “Songs in A Minor” — Alicia Keys (2001) (album)
  24. WNYC broadcasts for the day of 9/11 (Sept. 11, 2001)
  25. “WTF with Marc Maron” (Guest: Robin Williams) (April 26, 2010)

Now Streaming The Class of 2022

In honor of the Class of 2022 inductees, The Digital Media Association and its member companies have created exclusive playlists celebrating this year’s honorees. Click below to enjoy the playlist on your favorite streaming platform.

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