Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut album is among the 25 new records that have been selected for induction in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.
The diverse list of new inductees spans from the 1920s to the 2000s, with the Library of Congress stating that these recordings are deemed as “aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.”
Among them are the Village People’s 1978 hit “Y.M.C.A.,” Jennifer Higdon’s 2008 album, “Percussion Concerto,” “Cheap Trick’s 1978 best-selling live album, “Cheap Trick at Budokan,” as well as the original version of “Wichita Lineman,” written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by Glen Campbell in 1968.
This year’s list gives top billing to various female singer-songwriters, including Tina Turner for her 1984 album “Private Dancer,” as well as Whitney Houston for her world-famous rendition of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Dusty Springfield, Selena and Memphis Minnie have also been inducted in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.
Maria Schneider became the first female jazz composer to join the registry with her Grammy-winning 2004 album “Concert in the Garden.”
Other recordings inducted in the registry include a mid-century recording of Puccini’s “Tosca,” a recording of “Fiddler on the Roof” by the original 1964 Broadway cast, a collection of more than 50 hours of Afghan music, as well as a play-by-play of a 1951 National League tiebreaker between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers.
This new slate of recordings brings to 550 the number of titles preserved in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry to ensure their availability for future generations.
“The National Recording Registry is the evolving playlist of the American soundscape. It reflects moments in history captured through the voices and sounds of the time …. As genres and formats continue to expand, the Library of Congress is committed to working with our many partners to preserve the sounds that have touched our hearts and shaped our culture,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement.