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Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech was one of 50 recordings preserved in 2002, the first year of existence of the United States National Recording Registry.

The National Recording Registry is a list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States." The registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000,[1] which created the National Recording Preservation Board, whose members are appointed by the Librarian of Congress. The recordings preserved in the United States National Recording Registry form a registry of recordings selected yearly by the National Recording Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress.[1]

The National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 established a national program to guard America's sound recording heritage. The Act created the National Recording Registry, The National Recording Preservation Board and a fund-raising foundation.[2] The purpose of the Registry is to maintain and preserve sound recordings and collections of sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.[1] Beginning in 2002, the National Recording Preservation Board has selected recordings nominated each year to be preserved. On January 27, 2003, the first 50 recordings were announced by James Billington, the Librarian of Congress.[3]

The first four yearly lists each had 50 selections. Since 2006, 25 recordings have been selected annually. As of 2024, a total of 650 recordings have been preserved in the Registry. Each calendar year, public nominations are accepted for inclusion in that year's list of selections, which are announced the following spring.

Registry title works, original or copies, are housed at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus for Audio Video Conservation. Each yearly list typically includes a few recordings that have also been selected for inclusion in the holdings of the National Archives' audiovisual collection. Recordings on the National Recording Registry that are of a political nature tend to overlap with the audiovisual collection of the National Archives.

Selection criteria[edit]

The criteria for selection are:

  • Recordings selected for the National Recording Registry are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant", and/or inform or reflect culture in the United States.[4]
  • Recordings will not be considered for inclusion in the National Recording Registry if no copy of the recording exists.[4]
  • No recording is eligible for inclusion in the National Recording Registry until ten years after the recording's creation.[4]


The list shows overlapping items and whether the National Archives has an original or a copy of the recording.

Recording or collection Performer or agent Release year Induction
Edison exhibition recordings (Group of three cylinders):[5]
  • "Around the World on the Phonograph"
  • "The Pattison Waltz"
  • "Fifth Regiment March"
Thomas Edison 1888–1889 2002[6]
Passamaquoddy Indians field recordings Recorded by Jesse Walter Fewkes 1890
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" Berliner Gramophone disc recording Military Band 1897
Metropolitan Opera cylinder recordings (the Mapleson Cylinders) Lionel Mapleson and the Metropolitan Opera 1900–1903
"Casey at the Bat" DeWolf Hopper 1906
"Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci Enrico Caruso 1907
1895 Atlanta Exposition speech Booker T. Washington 1908 recreation copy
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Fisk Jubilee Singers 1909
Lovey's Trinidad String Band recordings for Columbia Records Lovey's Trinidad String Band 1912
Ragtime compositions piano rolls Scott Joplin 1916 [7]
"Tiger Rag" Original Dixieland Jazz Band 1918
"Arkansas Traveler" and "Sallie Gooden" Eck Robertson 1922
"Downhearted Blues" Bessie Smith 1923
Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin, piano; Paul Whiteman Orchestra 1924
Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven 1925–1928
Victor Talking Machine Company sessions in Bristol, Tennessee Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Stoneman, and others 1927
Highlander Center Field Recordings Collection Rosa Parks, Esau Jenkins and others 1930s–1980s
Bell Laboratories experimental stereo recordings Philadelphia Orchestra; Leopold Stokowski, conductor 1931–1932
"Fireside chats" radio broadcasts[α] Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933–1944 original
Harvard Vocarium record series T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden and others 1933–1956
"New Music Quarterly" recordings series Henry Cowell, producer 1934–1949
Description of the crash of the Hindenburg Herbert Morrison May 16, 1937 original
The Cradle Will Rock Marc Blitzstein and the original cast of The Cradle Will Rock 1938
"Who's on First?"
Earliest existing radio broadcast version
Abbott and Costello October 6, 1938
The War of the Worlds Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air October 30, 1938 copy
"God Bless America"
Radio broadcast premiere
Kate Smith November 11, 1938
The John and Ruby Lomax Southern States Recording Trip John and Ruby Lomax 1939
"Strange Fruit" Billie Holiday 1939
Grand Ole Opry
First network radio broadcast
Uncle Dave Macon, Roy Acuff, and others October 14, 1939
Béla Bartók and Joseph Szigeti in Concert at the Library of Congress Béla Bartók, piano; Joseph Szigeti, violin April 13, 1940
The Rite of Spring Igor Stravinsky conducting the New York Philharmonic 1940
Blanton-Webster era recordings Duke Ellington Orchestra 1940–1942
"White Christmas"
original 1942 single
Bing Crosby 1942
"This Land Is Your Land" Woody Guthrie 1944
D-Day radio address to
the Allied Nations (June 6, 1944, order of the day and People of Western Europe speech)[9]
Dwight D. Eisenhower June 6, 1944 original
"Ko Ko" Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and others 1945
"Blue Moon of Kentucky" Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys 1947
"How High the Moon" Les Paul and Mary Ford 1951
Songs for Young Lovers Frank Sinatra 1954
Sun Records sessions Elvis Presley 1954–1955
Dance Mania Tito Puente 1958
Kind of Blue Miles Davis 1959
"What'd I Say", Parts 1 and 2 Ray Charles 1959
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 1963
"I Have a Dream" speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963 copy
"Respect" Aretha Franklin 1967
Philomel: For Soprano (Milton Babbitt) Bethany Beardslee, recorded soprano, and synthesized sound 1971
Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey Thomas A. Dorsey, Marion Williams, and others 1973
Crescent City Living Legends Collection
(New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Archive/WWOZ New Orleans)
Clifton Chenier, Professor Longhair, Queen Ida, and other performers 1973–1990
"The Message" Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five 1982
"The Lord's Prayer" and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" Emile Berliner c. 1890 2003[10]
"Honolulu Cake Walk" Vess Ossman 1898
Victor Releases Bert Williams and George Walker 1901
"You're a Grand Old Rag [Flag]" Billy Murray 1906
Chippewa/Ojibwe Cylinder Collection Frances Densmore 1907–1910
The Bubble Book
(the first Bubble Book)
Cylinder recordings of African-American music Guy B. Johnson 1920s
"Cross of Gold" speech
Speech re-enactment
William Jennings Bryan 1921
"The OKeh Laughing Record" Lucie Bernardo and Otto Rathke 1922
"Adeste Fideles" Associated Glee Clubs of America 1925
Cajun-Creole Columbia releases Amédé Ardoin and Dennis McGee 1929
"Goodnight, Irene" Lead Belly 1933
"Every Man a King" speech Huey P. Long February 23, 1934 copy
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" Marian Anderson 1936
The Complete Recordings Robert Johnson 1936–1937
Interviews conducted by Alan Lomax Jelly Roll Morton, Alan Lomax 1938
Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert Benny Goodman January 16, 1938 (released 1998)
Complete day of radio broadcasting, WJSV (Washington, D.C.) WJSV, Washington, D.C. September 21, 1939 original
"New San Antonio Rose" Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 1940
Selections from George Gershwin's Folk Opera Porgy and Bess George Gershwin and the original Broadway cast of Porgy and Bess 1940, 1942
Beethoven String Quartets Budapest String Quartet 1940–1950
World Series – Game Four
New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
Red Barber, Bob Elson and Bill Corum October 5, 1941
Original Broadway cast recording
The original Broadway cast of Oklahoma! 1943
Othello Paul Robeson, Uta Hagen, José Ferrer, and others 1943
Bach B-Minor Mass Robert Shaw Chorale 1947
The Four Seasons (Vivaldi) Louis Kaufman and the Concert Hall String Orchestra 1947
Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord" (Ives) John Kirkpatrick 1948
Pictures at an Exhibition (Modest Mussorgsky) Rafael Kubelík conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1951
"Problems of the American Home" Billy Graham 1954
Goldberg Variations (Bach) Glenn Gould 1955
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book Ella Fitzgerald 1956
"Roll Over Beethoven" Chuck Berry 1956
Brilliant Corners Thelonious Monk 1956
Steam locomotive recordings, 6 vol. O. Winston Link[11] 1956–1960 (released 1957–1977)
Complete Ring Cycle (Richard Wagner) Georg Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic 1958–1965[12]
Winds in Hi-Fi Eastman Wind Ensemble with Frederick Fennell 1958[13]
Mingus Ah Um Charles Mingus 1959
New York Taxi Driver Tony Schwartz 1959
Ali Akbar College of Music,
Archive Selections
"Crazy" Patsy Cline 1961
Kennedy Inauguration Ceremony John F. Kennedy, Robert Frost, and others January 20, 1961 original
Judy at Carnegie Hall Judy Garland 1961
"I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)" Otis Redding 1965
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 1967
At Folsom Prison Johnny Cash 1968
What's Going On Marvin Gaye 1971
Tapestry Carole King 1971
A Prairie Home Companion
First broadcast
Garrison Keillor July 6, 1974
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen 1975
Live at Yankee Stadium Fania All-Stars 1975
"Gypsy Love Song" Eugene Cowles 1898 2004[14]
"Some of These Days" Sophie Tucker 1911
"The Castles in Europe One-Step (Castle House Rag)" Europe's Society Orchestra 1914
"Swanee" Al Jolson 1920
Armistice Day radio broadcast Woodrow Wilson November 10, 1923 original
"See See Rider" Gertrude "Ma" Rainey 1924
Representative of the Edison Disc Master Mold Collection at the Edison National Historic Site
Golden Gate Orchestra 1925
"Fascinating Rhythm" Fred and Adele Astaire; George Gershwin, piano 1926
NBC radio coverage of Charles A. Lindbergh's arrival and reception in Washington, D.C. June 11, 1927 copy
"Stardust" Hoagy Carmichael 1927
"Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)" Jimmie Rodgers 1927
"Ain't Misbehavin'" Thomas "Fats" Waller 1929
"Gregorio Cortez"
Representative of the Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection, University of California
Trovadores Regionales 1929
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano; Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra 1929
"The Suncook Town Tragedy" Mabel Wilson Tatro July 1930
Oral narrative from the Lorenzo D. Turner Collection Rosina Cohen 1932
"Stormy Weather" Ethel Waters 1933
"Body and Soul" Coleman Hawkins 1939
Peter and the Wolf
(Sergey Prokofiev)
Serge Koussevitzky, conductor;
Richard Hale, narrator;
Boston Symphony Orchestra
"In the Mood" Glenn Miller and His Orchestra 1939
Broadcast from London Edward R. Murrow September 21, 1940 copy
King James version of the Bible Alexander Scourby 1940–1944, released 1966
We Hold These Truths Norman Corwin December 15, 1941 original
Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 23, B♭ minor
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Vladimir Horowitz, piano;
Arturo Toscanini, conductor;
NBC Symphony Orchestra
April 25, 1943
"Down by the Riverside" Sister Rosetta Tharpe 1944
U.S. Highball (A Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip) Harry Partch, Gate 5 Ensemble 1946[β]
Four Saints in Three Acts
Broadway cast recording
Virgil Thomson and members of the original Broadway cast of Four Saints in Three Acts 1947
"Manteca" Dizzy Gillespie Big Band with Chano Pozo 1947
The Jack Benny Program Jack Benny March 28, 1948
"Foggy Mountain Breakdown" Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs 1949
"Lovesick Blues" Hank Williams 1949
Guys and Dolls
Original Broadway cast recording
The original Broadway cast of Guys and Dolls 1950
"Old Soldiers Never Die"
(Farewell Address to the United States Congress)
General Douglas MacArthur April 19, 1951 copy
Songs by Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer 1953
"Hoochie Coochie Man" Muddy Waters 1954
"Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)" The Penguins 1954
Tuskegee Institute Choir Sings Spirituals Tuskegee Institute Choir, directed by William L. Dawson 1955
Giant Steps John Coltrane 1959
Messiah Eugene Ormandy, conductor; Richard P. Condie, choir director; Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Philadelphia Orchestra 1959
Drums of Passion Babatunde Olatunji 1960
Peace Be Still James Cleveland 1962
"The Girl from Ipanema" (Garota de Ipanema) Stan Getz, João Gilberto, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto 1963
Live at the Apollo James Brown and The Famous Flames 1963
Pet Sounds The Beach Boys 1966
Remarks broadcast from the Moon Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong July 21, 1969 original
At Fillmore East The Allman Brothers Band 1971
Star Wars (soundtrack)[γ] John Williams 1977
Recordings of Asian elephants Katharine B. Payne 1984
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy 1990
Nevermind Nirvana 1991
"Canzone del Porter"
from Martha by von Flotow
Representative of the Columbia Grand Opera Series
Édouard de Reszke 1903 2005[16]
"Listen to the Lambs"
Representative of the Hampton Quartet Collection, Hampton University
Hampton Quartette; recorded by Natalie Curtis Burlin 1917
"Over There" Nora Bayes 1917
"Crazy Blues"[17] Mamie Smith 1920
"My Man" and "Second Hand Rose" Fanny Brice 1921
"Ory's Creole Trombone" Kid Ory June 1922
Second inauguration of Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge March 4, 1925
"Tanec Pid Werbamy (Dance Under the Willows)" Pawlo Humeniuk 1926
"Singin' the Blues" Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke 1927
First official transatlantic telephone conversation W.S. Gifford and Sir Evelyn P. Murray January 27, 1927 original
"El manisero (The Peanut Vendor)"
(Two versions)
Rita Montaner, vocal with orchestra
Don Azpiazú and His Havana Casino Orchestra
Light's Golden Jubilee Celebration
(Thomas Edison, honoree)
Graham McNamee, host;
speeches by Herbert Hoover, Marie Curie, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein
October 21, 1929 copy
Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Op. 84 Modesto High School Band 1930
Show Boat Helen Morgan, Paul Robeson, James Melton and others;
Victor Young, conductor; Louis Alter, piano
"Wabash Cannonball" Roy Acuff 1936
"One O'Clock Jump" Count Basie and His Orchestra 1937
Columbia Workshop
Episode: The Fall of the City
Orson Welles, narrator;
Burgess Meredith, Paul Stewart
April 11, 1937 copy
The Adventures of Robin Hood radio broadcast[γ] Erich Wolfgang Korngold, composer;
Basil Rathbone, narrator
May 11, 1938
Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight Clem McCarthy, announcer June 22, 1938
"John the Revelator" Golden Gate Quartet 1938
"Adagio for Strings" (Samuel Barber) Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra[18] November 5, 1938
Command Performance
Episode: No. 21
Bob Hope, master of ceremonies; Lena Horne; Ginny Simms; Les Baxter & His Orchestra; Rosalind Russell July 7, 1942 copy
"Straighten Up and Fly Right" Nat "King" Cole 1943
The Fred Allen Show
debut of Senator Claghorn
Fred Allen, Kenny Delmar October 7, 1945
"Jole Blon (Jolie Blonde)" Harry Choates 1946
Tubby the Tuba Victor Jory & Léon Barzin 1946
"Move On Up a Little Higher" Mahalia Jackson 1948
Anthology of American Folk Music Edited by Harry Smith 1952
Damnation of Faust (Hector Berlioz) Boston Symphony Orchestra with the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society 1954
"Blueberry Hill" Fats Domino 1956
Variations for Orchestra by Elliott Carter
Louisville Orchestra First Edition Recordings series
Louisville Orchestra conducted by
Robert S. Whitney
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" Jerry Lee Lewis 1957
"That'll Be the Day" Buddy Holly and The Crickets 1957
Poème électronique Edgard Varèse 1958
Time Out The Dave Brubeck Quartet 1959
"Schooner Bradley" and/or "Clifton's Crew"[δ]
Representative of the Ivan Walton Collection at Bentley Library, University of Michigan
Pat Bonner June 1960[ε]
United States Military Academy address William Faulkner April 19–20, 1962
Studs Terkel interview with James Baldwin
Representative of the Studs Terkel Collection at the Chicago History Museum (formerly the Chicago Historical Society)
Studs Terkel, James Baldwin September 29, 1962[26]
"Dancing in the Street" Martha and the Vandellas 1964
Live at the Regal B. B. King 1965
Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1967
We're Only in It for the Money Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention 1968
Switched-On Bach Wendy Carlos 1968
"Oh Happy Day" Edwin Hawkins Singers 1969
Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers The Firesign Theatre 1970
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" Gil Scott-Heron 1971
Will the Circle Be Unbroken Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1972
The old foghorn, Kewaunee, Wisconsin Recorded by James A. Lipsky 1972
Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder 1976
Daydream Nation Sonic Youth 1988
"Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent" Cal Stewart 1904 2006[27]
"Il Mio Tesoro" John McCormack; orchestra conducted by Walter Rogers 1916
National Defense Test General John J. Pershing September 12, 1924 copy
"Black Bottom Stomp" Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 1926
"Wildwood Flower" Carter Family 1928
"Pony Blues" Charley Patton 1929
"You're the Top" Cole Porter 1934
The Lone Ranger
Episode: "The Osage Bank Robbery"
Earle Graser, John Todd December 17, 1937
Native Brazilian Music Pixinguinha, Donga, Cartola, José Espinguela and others; recording supervised by Leopold Stokowski 1940 (released 1942)
"Day of Infamy" speech to Congress Franklin D. Roosevelt December 8, 1941 copy
"Peace in the Valley" Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys 1951
"Polonaise in A Major" ("Polonaise militaire"), Op. 40, No. 1, by Frédéric Chopin Arthur Rubinstein 1952
"Blue Suede Shoes" Carl Perkins 1955
Interviews with William "Billy" Bell
(Canadian-Irish northwoods work songs)
Representative of the Edward D. Ives Collection at the Maine Folklife Center, University of Maine
Recorded by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives 1956
Howl Allen Ginsberg 1959
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart Bob Newhart 1960
"Be My Baby" The Ronettes 1963
We Shall Overcome Pete Seeger 1963
"A Change Is Gonna Come" Sam Cooke 1964
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" The Rolling Stones 1965
The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground and Nico 1967
The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake Eubie Blake 1969
Burnin' The Wailers 1973
Live in Japan Sarah Vaughan 1973
Graceland Paul Simon 1986
The first transatlantic broadcast March 14, 1925 2007[28][29]
"Allons à Lafayette" Joe Falcon 1928
"Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma Rosa Ponselle and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Giulio Setti December 31, 1928, and January 30, 1929
"If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again" Thomas A. Dorsey 1934
"Sweet Lorraine" Art Tatum 1940
Fibber McGee and Molly
Fibber's closet opens for the first time
Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan March 4, 1940
Wings Over Jordan May 10, 1942
Fiorello H. La Guardia reading the comics Fiorello H. La Guardia 1945[30]
"Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)" T-Bone Walker 1947
Speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention Harry S. Truman July 15, 1948
The Jazz Scene Various artists, produced by Norman Granz 1949
"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" Kitty Wells 1952
My Fair Lady
Original Broadway cast recording
Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, and the original Broadway cast of My Fair Lady 1956
Navajo Shootingway ceremony field recordings
Representative of the David McAllester Collection at Wesleyan University
Recorded by David P. McAllester
Ray Winnie and Diné Tsosi, singers[31]
"Freight Train" and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes Elizabeth Cotten 1959
United States Marine Band Recordings for the National Cultural Center 1963
"Oh, Pretty Woman" Roy Orbison 1964
"The Tracks of My Tears" Smokey Robinson and the Miracles 1965
You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song Ella Jenkins 1966
Music from the Morning of the World Various artists, recorded by David Lewiston 1966
For the Roses Joni Mitchell 1972
Head Hunters Herbie Hancock 1973
Ronald Reagan radio broadcasts Ronald Reagan 1975–79
Murmurs of Earth
Disc prepared for the Voyager spacecraft
compilation produced by Carl Sagan 1977
Thriller Michael Jackson 1982
"No News, or What Killed the Dog" Nat M. Wills 1908 2008[32]
Acoustic recordings for Victor Talking Machine Company Jascha Heifetz 1917–1924
"Night Life" Mary Lou Williams 1930
Sounds of the ivory-billed woodpecker Recorded by Arthur Allen and Peter Paul Kellogg 1935
Gang Busters
First episode, broadcast under the title G-Men
July 20, 1935
"Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" The Andrews Sisters 1938
"O Que É Que A Baiana Tem?" Carmen Miranda 1939
NBC Radio coverage of Marian Anderson's recital at the Lincoln Memorial Marian Anderson April 9, 1939
"Tom Dooley" Frank Proffitt 1940
Mary Margaret McBride Mary Margaret McBride and Zora Neale Hurston January 25, 1943
"Uncle Sam Blues"
Oran "Hot Lips" Page, accompanied by Eddie Condon's Jazz Band 1944
"Sinews of Peace" (Iron Curtain) Speech at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri Winston Churchill March 5, 1946
The Churkendoose Ray Bolger 1947
"Boogie Chillen'" John Lee Hooker 1948
A Child's Christmas in Wales Dylan Thomas 1952
A Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in King's College Chapel, Cambridge. King's College Choir; Boris Ord, director 1954
West Side Story
Original Broadway cast recording
The original Broadway cast of West Side Story and the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein 1957
"Tom Dooley" The Kingston Trio 1958
"Rumble" Link Wray 1958
The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama New York Pro Musica under the direction of Noah Greenberg 1958
"Rank Stranger" The Stanley Brothers 1960
"At Last" Etta James 1961
2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks 1961
The Who Sings My Generation The Who 1966
"He Stopped Loving Her Today" George Jones 1980
"Fon der Choope (From the Wedding)" Abe Elenkrig's Yidishe Orchestra April 4, 1913 2009[33]
"Canal Street Blues" King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band April 5, 1923
Tristan und Isolde, NBC broadcast Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior March 9, 1935
"When You Wish Upon a Star"[γ] Cliff Edwards 1938 (recorded) / 1940 (released)
America's Town Meeting of the Air: "Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?" George V. Denny Jr. (host); Reinhold Niebuhr, John Flynn (guests) May 8, 1941
The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam Alvin M. Josephy Jr., et al. July 20 – August 11, 1944
"Evangeline Special" and "Love Bridge Waltz" Iry LeJeune 1948
The Little Engine That Could Paul Wing, narrator 1949
Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of western Washington State Leon Metcalf 1950–1954
"Tutti Frutti" Little Richard 1955
"Smokestack Lightning" Howlin' Wolf 1956
Original Broadway cast recording
Ethel Merman and the original Broadway cast of Gypsy 1959
"Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" Max Mathews 1961
The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings Bill Evans Trio June 25, 1961
I Started Out as a Child Bill Cosby 1964
Azucar Pa' Ti Eddie Palmieri 1965
Today! Mississippi John Hurt 1966
Silver Apples of the Moon Morton Subotnick 1967
Soul Folk in Action The Staple Singers 1968
The Band The Band 1969
"Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn 1970
Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson 1975
Horses Patti Smith 1975
"Radio Free Europe"
original Hib-Tone single[34]
R.E.M. 1981
"Dear Mama" 2Pac 1995
Phonautograms[35] Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville ca. 1853–1861 2010[36]
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Edward Meeker, accompanied by the Edison Orchestra 1908
Yahi language cylinder recordings Ishi, last surviving member of the Yahi tribe 1911–1914
"Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" Blind Willie Johnson 1927
"It's the Girl" The Boswell Sisters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1931
"Mal Hombre" Lydia Mendoza 1934
"Tumbling Tumbleweeds" Sons of the Pioneers 1934
Talking Union The Almanac Singers 1941
Jazz at the Philharmonic Nat King Cole, Les Paul, Buddy Rich, others July 2, 1944
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina's "Pope Marcellus Mass" Roger Wagner Chorale 1951
"The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest" Reverend C. L. Franklin 1953
"Tipitina" Professor Longhair 1953
At Sunset Mort Sahl 1955
Interviews with jazz musicians for the Voice of America Willis Conover 1955–56
The Music from Peter Gunn Henry Mancini 1958
United Sacred Harp Musical Convention in Fyffe, Alabama field recordings by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins 1959
Blind Joe Death John Fahey 1959, 1964, 1967
"Stand by Your Man" Tammy Wynette 1968
Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band 1969
Songs of the Humpback Whale Frank Watlington, Roger Payne, and others 1970
"Let's Stay Together" Al Green 1971
Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) (George Crumb) New York Strings Quartet 1972
Aja Steely Dan 1977
GOPAC Strategy and Instructional Tapes Newt Gingrich, others 1986–1994
3 Feet High and Rising[37] De La Soul 1989
Edison Talking Doll cylinder 1888 2011[38]
"Come Down Ma Evenin' Star" Lillian Russell 1912
"Ten Cents a Dance" Ruth Etting 1930
Voices from the Days of Slavery Various 1932–1975
"I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" Patsy Montana 1935
"Fascinating Rhythm" Sol Hoʻopiʻi 1938
"Artistry in Rhythm" Stan Kenton 1943
New York Philharmonic debut of Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein November 14, 1943
Hottest Women's Band of the 1940s International Sweethearts of Rhythm 1944–1946 (released 1984)
"Hula Medley"[39] Gabby Pahinui 1947
Indians for Indians (Hour) Don Whistler March 25, 1947
I Can Hear It Now: 1933–1945 Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly 1948
"Let's Go Out to the Programs" The Dixie Hummingbirds 1953
Also Sprach Zarathustra Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1954, 1958
"Bo Diddley"/ "I'm a Man" Bo Diddley 1955
"Green Onions" Booker T. & the M.G.'s 1962
A Charlie Brown Christmas Vince Guaraldi Trio 1965
Forever Changes Love 1967
The Continental Harmony: The Gregg Smith Singers Perform Music of William Billings Gregg Smith Singers 1969
"Coat of Many Colors" Dolly Parton 1971
Mothership Connection Parliament 1975
Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University[40] Grateful Dead May 8, 1977
"I Feel Love" Donna Summer 1977
"Rapper's Delight"[41] The Sugarhill Gang 1979
Purple Rain[γ] Prince and The Revolution 1984
"After You've Gone" Marion Harris 1918 2012[42]
"Bacon, Beans and Limousines"[43] Will Rogers October 18, 1931
"Begin the Beguine" Artie Shaw 1938
"You Are My Sunshine" Jimmie Davis 1940
D-Day Radio Broadcast George Hicks June 5–6, 1944
"Just Because" Frank Yankovic & His Yanks 1947
South Pacific
Original Broadway cast recording
Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, and the original Broadway cast of South Pacific 1949
Descargas: Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature Cachao 1957
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 Van Cliburn[44] April 11, 1958
President's Message Relayed from Atlas Satellite Dwight D. Eisenhower December 19, 1958
A Program of Song[45][46] Leontyne Price 1959
The Shape of Jazz to Come Ornette Coleman 1959
"Crossing Chilly Jordan" Blackwood Brothers 1960
"The Twist" Chubby Checker 1960
Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's Clarence Ashley, Doc Watson, others 1960–1962
Hoodoo Man Blues Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band feat. Buddy Guy 1965
Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 1966
Cheap Thrills Big Brother and the Holding Company 1968
The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 1973
Music Time In Africa
Episode: "Mauritania" (premiere episode)
Leo Sarkisian July 29, 1973
The Wild Tchoupitoulas The Wild Tchoupitoulas 1976
Ramones Ramones 1976
Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack[γ] Bee Gees, et al. 1977
Einstein on the Beach Philip Glass and Robert Wilson 1979
The Audience with Betty Carter Betty Carter 1980
"The Laughing Song" George W. Johnson c. 1896 2013[47][48]
"They Didn't Believe Me" Harry Macdonough and Alice Green 1915
"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
(Two Versions)
Bing Crosby
Rudy Vallée
Recordings of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Dan Cranmer Franz Boas and George Herzog 1938
"Were You There" Roland Hayes 1940
The Goldbergs
Episode: "Sammy Goes to the Army"
Gertrude Berg and cast July 9, 1942
"Caldonia" Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five 1945
"Dust My Broom" Elmore James 1951
A Night at Birdland (Vols. 1 & 2) Art Blakey 1954
"When I Stop Dreaming" The Louvin Brothers 1955
"Cathy's Clown" The Everly Brothers 1960
Texas Sharecropper and Songster Mance Lipscomb 1960
The First Family Vaughn Meader 1962[49]
Lawrence Ritter's Interviews with Baseball Pioneers of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Lawrence Ritter 1962–1966
Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson 1963–1969
Carnegie Hall Concert with Buck Owens and His Buckaroos Buck Owens and His Buckaroos 1966
"Fortunate Son" Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969
Shaft[γ] Isaac Hayes 1971
Only Visiting This Planet Larry Norman 1972[50]
Celia & Johnny[51] Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco 1974
Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring Aaron Copland 1974
Heart Like a Wheel Linda Ronstadt 1974
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Original Broadway cast recording
The original Broadway cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 1979
The Joshua Tree U2 1987
"Hallelujah" Jeff Buckley 1994
The Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings at University of California, Santa Barbara Library University of California, Santa Barbara 1890–1910 2014[52]
The Benjamin Ives Gilman Collection, recorded at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago Benjamin Ives Gilman 1893
"The Boys of the Lough"/"The Humours of Ennistymon"[53] Michael Coleman 1922
"That Black Snake Moan"/ "Matchbox Blues" Blind Lemon Jefferson 1928
Episode: "Sorry, Wrong Number"[54]
Agnes Moorehead May 25, 1943
"Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" Johnny Mercer 1944
Radio Coverage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Funeral Arthur Godfrey, et al. April 14, 1945
Kiss Me, Kate
Original Broadway cast recording
Cole Porter, Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, and the original Broadway cast of Kiss Me Kate 1949
John Brown's Body Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson, and Raymond Massey; directed by Charles Laughton 1953
"My Funny Valentine"
May 20, 1953, live recording
The Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker 1953
"Sixteen Tons" Tennessee Ernie Ford 1955
"Mary Don't You Weep" Swan Silvertones 1959
Joan Baez Joan Baez 1960
"Stand By Me" Ben E. King 1961
New Orleans' Sweet Emma Barrett and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band Sweet Emma Barrett and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band 1964
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" The Righteous Brothers 1964
The Doors The Doors 1967
Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues (formerly known as Sheffield S9)[55] Lincoln Mayorga 1968[56]
Stand! Sly and the Family Stone 1969
A Wild and Crazy Guy Steve Martin 1978
Sesame Street: Platinum All-Time Favorites Various 1995
OK Computer Radiohead 1997
Old Regular Baptists: Lined-Out Hymnody from Southeastern Kentucky Indian Bottom Association 1997
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill 1998
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman Colorado Symphony, Marin Alsop, conductor; Joan Tower, composer 1999[57]
"Let Me Call You Sweetheart" Peerless Quartet 1911 2015[58][59]
"Wild Cat Blues" Clarence Williams' Blue Five 1923
"Statesboro Blues" Blind Willie McTell 1928
"Bonaparte's Retreat"
Representative of Alan and Elizabeth Lomax's 1937 Kentucky recordings
W.H. Stepp 1937
Vic and Sade
Episode: "Decoration Day Parade"[23]
May 28, 1937[23]
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 Vienna Philharmonic; Bruno Walter, conductor 1938
Carousel of American Music George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Arthur Freed, Shelton Brooks, Hoagy Carmichael, others September 24, 1940
The Marshall Plan Speech George C. Marshall June 5, 1947 copy
Destination Freedom
Episodes: "A Garage in Gainesville" and "Execution Awaited"
Richard Durham September 25 and October 2, 1949[60]
A Streetcar Named Desire soundtrack[γ] Alex North 1951
"Cry Me a River" Julie London 1955
"Mack the Knife"
(Two Versions)
Louis Armstrong
Bobby Darin
Fourth-quarter radio coverage of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game Bill Campbell, announcer March 2, 1962
A Love Supreme John Coltrane 1964
It's My Way! Buffy Sainte-Marie 1964
"Where Did Our Love Go" The Supremes 1964
"People Get Ready" The Impressions 1965
"Mama Tried" Merle Haggard 1968
Abraxas Santana 1970
Class Clown George Carlin 1972
Robert and Clara Schumann Complete Piano Trios[61] Beaux Arts Trio 1972
"Piano Man" Billy Joel 1973
Bogalusa Boogie[62] Clifton Chenier 1976
"I Will Survive" Gloria Gaynor 1978
Master of Puppets Metallica 1986
1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud George Gouraud 1888 2016[63]
"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
(Two Versions)
Manhattan Harmony Four
Melba Moore & Friends
"Puttin' On the Ritz" Harry Richman 1929
"Over the Rainbow"[γ] Judy Garland 1939
"I'll Fly Away" The Chuck Wagon Gang 1948
"Hound Dog" Big Mama Thornton 1952
Saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins 1956
New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers final game commentary Vin Scully September 8, 1957
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs Marty Robbins 1959
The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery Wes Montgomery 1960
People Barbra Streisand 1964
"In the Midnight Hour" Wilson Pickett 1965[64]
"Amazing Grace" Judy Collins 1970
All Things Considered
first broadcast
National Public Radio May 3, 1971
"American Pie" Don McLean 1971[65]
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie 1972
The Wiz
Original Broadway cast recording
The original Broadway cast of The Wiz 1975
Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) Eagles 1976
Scott Joplin's Treemonisha Gunther Schuller, arr. 1976
Wanted: Live in Concert Richard Pryor 1978[66]
"We Are Family" Sister Sledge 1979
Remain in Light Talking Heads 1980
Straight Outta Compton N.W.A 1988
Rachmaninoff's Vespers (All-Night Vigil) The Robert Shaw Festival Singers 1990
Signatures Renée Fleming 1997[67]
"Dream Melody Intermezzo: Naughty Marietta" Victor Herbert and his Orchestra 1911 2017[68]
Standing Rock Preservation Recordings George Herzog and Members of the Yanktoni Tribe 1928
"Lamento Borincano" written by Rafael Hernández Marín
performed by Canario y Su Grupo (including Davilita on lead vocals)
"Sitting on Top of the World" Mississippi Sheiks 1930
The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas Artur Schnabel 1932–1935
"If I Didn't Care" The Ink Spots 1939
Proceedings of the United Nations Conference on International Organization April 25 – June 26, 1945
Folk Songs of the Hills Merle Travis 1946
"How I Got Over" Clara Ward and the Ward Singers 1950
"(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" Bill Haley & His Comets 1954
Calypso Harry Belafonte 1956
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" Tony Bennett 1962
"My Girl" The Temptations 1964
King Biscuit Time Sonny Boy Williamson II and others 1965
The Sound of Music soundtrack[γ] Various 1965
"Alice's Restaurant Massacree" Arlo Guthrie 1967
New Sounds in Electronic Music Steve Reich, Richard Maxfield, Pauline Oliveros 1967
An Evening with Groucho Groucho Marx 1972
Rumours Fleetwood Mac 1977
"The Gambler" Kenny Rogers 1978
"Le Freak" Chic 1978
"Footloose" Kenny Loggins 1984
Raising Hell Run-DMC 1986
"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine 1987
Yo-Yo Ma Premieres: Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra Yo-Yo Ma & the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Christopher Rouse, Leon Kirchner, and Richard Danielpour 1996
Yiddish Cylinders from the Standard Phonograph Company of New York and the Thomas Lambert Company c. 1901–1905 2018[69]
"The Memphis Blues" Victor Military Band 1914
Melville Jacobs Collection of Native Americans of the American Northwest Melville Jacobs 1929–1939
"Minnie the Moocher" Cab Calloway 1931
Bach Six Cello Suites Pablo Casals 1936–1939
"They Look Like Men of War" Deep River Boys 1941
Episode: "The Cabin"
William Conrad and cast December 27, 1952
Complete Recorded Monologues Ruth Draper 1954–1956
"La Bamba" Ritchie Valens 1958
"Long Black Veil" Lefty Frizzell 1959
Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America Volume One: The Early Years Stan Freberg 1961[70]
Go Dexter Gordon 1962
War Requiem Benjamin Britten 1963
"Mississippi Goddam" Nina Simone 1964[71]
"Soul Man" Sam & Dave 1967
Original Broadway cast recording
The original Broadway cast of Hair 1968
Robert F. Kennedy's speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Robert F. Kennedy April 4, 1968
"Sweet Caroline" Neil Diamond 1969
Super Fly[γ] Curtis Mayfield 1972
Ola Belle Reed Ola Belle Reed 1973
"September" Earth, Wind & Fire 1978
"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" Sylvester 1978
She's So Unusual Cyndi Lauper 1983
Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set Various 1996[72]
The Blueprint Jay-Z 2001[73]
"Whispering" Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra 1920 2019[74][75]
"Protesta per Sacco e Vanzetti"/"Sacco e Vanzetti" Compagnia Columbia; Raoul Romito 1927
"La Chicharronera" Narciso Martínez and Santiago Almeida 1936
Arch Oboler's Plays
Episode: "The Bathysphere"
November 18, 1939
"Me and My Chauffeur Blues" Memphis Minnie 1941
The 1951 National League Tiebreaker: New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers Russ Hodges, announcer October 3, 1951
Tosca (Puccini) Victor de Sabata, conductor, with Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano and others 1953
"Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" Allan Sherman 1963
WGBH broadcast of the Boston Symphony on the day of the John F. Kennedy assassination Boston Symphony Orchestra November 22, 1963
Fiddler on the Roof
Original Broadway Cast recording
Zero Mostel and the original Broadway cast of Fiddler on the Roof 1964
"Make the World Go Away" Eddy Arnold 1965
Hiromi Lorraine Sakata collection of Afghan traditional music Recorded by Hiromi Lorraine Sakata 1966–67, 1971–73
"Wichita Lineman" Glen Campbell 1968
Dusty in Memphis Dusty Springfield 1969
Mister Rogers Sings 21 Favorite Songs from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" Fred Rogers 1973[76]
Cheap Trick at Budokan Cheap Trick 1978
Suite No. 1 in E flat, Suite No. 2 in F (Holst) / Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel) / Fantasia in G (Bach)
Special edition audiophile pressing
Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds 1978
"Y.M.C.A." Village People 1978
A Feather on the Breath of God Gothic Voices; Christopher Page, conductor; Hildegard von Bingen, composer 1981/2 (released 1985)[77]
Private Dancer Tina Turner 1984
Ven Conmigo Selena 1990[78]
The Chronic Dr. Dre 1992[79]
"I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston 1992
Concert in the Garden Maria Schneider Orchestra 2004
Percussion Concerto (Higdon) Colin Currie 2008[80]
"St. Louis tinfoil" recording Thomas Edison 1878 2020[81]
"Nikolina" Hjalmar Peterson 1917
"Smyrneikos Balos" Marika Papagika 1928
"When the Saints Go Marching In" Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra 1938
Christmas Eve broadcast Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill December 24, 1941
The Guiding Light
Episode: November 22, 1945
November 22, 1945
Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues Odetta 1957
"Lord, Keep Me Day by Day" Albertina Walker and the Caravans 1959
Roger Maris hits his 61st home run Phil Rizzuto[82] October 1, 1961
Aida Leontyne Price, et al. 1962
"Once a Day" Connie Smith 1964
Born Under a Bad Sign Albert King 1967
Free to Be ... You & Me Marlo Thomas and Friends 1972
The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff 1972[83]
"Lady Marmalade" Labelle 1974
Late for the Sky Jackson Browne 1974[84]
Bright Size Life Pat Metheny 1976
"Rainbow Connection"[γ] Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson)[85] 1979[86]
"Celebration" Kool & the Gang 1980
Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs Jessye Norman 1983[87]
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 1988, released 1993[88]
Rhythm Nation 1814 Janet Jackson 1989
Partners[89] Flaco Jiménez[90] 1992[91][92]
Illmatic Nas 1994
This American Life: "The Giant Pool of Money" Ira Glass, Adam Davidson & Alex Blumberg[93] May 9, 2008
"Harlem Strut" James P. Johnson 1921 2022[ζ][95]
Complete presidential speeches Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933–1945
"Walking the Floor Over You" Ernest Tubb 1941
On a Note of Triumph Norman Corwin May 8, 1945
"Jesus Gave Me Water" The Soul Stirrers 1950
Ellington at Newport Duke Ellington 1956
We Insist! Max Roach 1960
"The Christmas Song"
1961 stereo recording
Nat "King" Cole 1961
Tonight's the Night The Shirelles 1961
"Moon River" Andy Williams 1962
"It's a Small World (After All)" Disneyland Boys Choir[96] 1964
"Reach Out I'll Be There" Four Tops 1966
In C Terry Riley 1968
Hank Aaron's 715th career home run Milo Hamilton[97] April 8, 1974
"Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen 1975
"Don't Stop Believin'" Journey 1981[98]
Canciones de Mi Padre[99] Linda Ronstadt 1987
Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt 1989
The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest 1991
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Wu-Tang Clan 1993[100]
Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club 1997
"Livin' la Vida Loca" Ricky Martin 1999
Songs in A Minor Alicia Keys 2001[101]
Broadcasts for the day of 9/11[102] WNYC[103] September 11, 2001
WTF with Marc Maron
Episode 67: "Robin Williams"[104]
Marc Maron and Robin Williams April 26, 2010
The Very First Mariachi Recordings Cuarteto Coculense 1907-1909 (reissued 1998) 2023[105]
"St. Louis Blues" Handy's Memphis Blues Band 1922
"Sugar Foot Stomp" Fletcher Henderson 1925
Commentary and analysis of the European situation for NBC Radio Dorothy Thompson Aug. 23 – September 6, 1939
"Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around" The Fairfield Four 1947
"Sherry" The Four Seasons 1962
"What the World Needs Now is Love" Jackie DeShannon 1965
"Wang Dang Doodle" Koko Taylor 1966
"Ode to Billie Joe" Bobbie Gentry 1967
Déjà Vu Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young 1970
"Imagine" John Lennon 1971
"Stairway to Heaven" Led Zeppelin 1971
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" John Denver 1971
"Margaritaville" Jimmy Buffett 1977
"Flashdance…What a Feeling" Irene Cara 1983
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" Eurythmics 1983
Synchronicity The Police 1983
Like a Virgin Madonna 1984; 1985 reissue[23]
Black Codes (From the Underground) Wynton Marsalis 1985
Super Mario Bros. theme Koji Kondo 1985
All Hail the Queen Queen Latifah 1989
"All I Want for Christmas is You" Mariah Carey 1994
Pale Blue Dot
Carl Sagan 1994[106]
"Gasolina" Daddy Yankee[107] 2004[108]
Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra (Zwilich) Chamber Music Northwest[109] 2012[110]
"Clarinet Marmalade" Lt. James Reese Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry Band 1919 2024[111]
"Kauhavan Polkka" Viola Turpeinen and John Rosendahl 1928
Wisconsin Folksong Collection 1937–1946
"Rose Room" Benny Goodman Sextet with Charlie Christian 1939
"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Gene Autry 1949
"Tennessee Waltz" Patti Page 1950
"Rocket 88" Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats 1951
"Catch a Falling Star"/"Magic Moments" Perry Como 1957
"Chances Are" Johnny Mathis 1957
The Sidewinder Lee Morgan 1964
Surrealistic Pillow Jefferson Airplane 1967
"Ain't No Sunshine" Bill Withers 1971
This Is a Recording Lily Tomlin 1971
J. D. Crowe & The New South J. D. Crowe and The New South 1975
Arrival ABBA 1976
"El Cantante" Héctor Lavoe 1978
The Cars The Cars 1978
Parallel Lines Blondie 1978
"La Di Da Di" Doug E. Fresh and MC Ricky D 1985
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" Bobby McFerrin 1988
"Amor eterno" Juan Gabriel 1990
Pieces of Africa Kronos Quartet 1992
Dookie Green Day 1994
Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G. 1994
Wide Open Spaces The Chicks 1998


  1. ^ The original 25 recordings from July 24, 1933, and July 28, 1934, are preserved at the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York.[8]
  2. ^ The essay accompanying the U.S. Highball listing seems to concern the later 1958 Gate 5 recording.[15]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k This recording is, or was made for, the soundtrack of a National Film Registry inductee.
  4. ^ Library of Congress sources conflict regarding the Pat Bonner recording(s) in the registry. The original press release names "Schooner Bradley",[19] while the full registry list and an expanded essay name "Clifton's Crew".[20][21] A list of available audio clips for registry titles includes both "Schooner Bradley" and "Clifton's Crew".[22]
  5. ^ Dates listed for the Pat Bonner selections include 1952–60,[23] June 1960,[20] and June 11, 1960,[24] although the essay for "Clifton's Crew" says "the only known recording" was made August 24, 1938.[25]
  6. ^ The class of 2022 saw a shift with the current calendar year being cited as the "induction year", as opposed to the previous year. Consequently, 2021 was skipped over.[94]


As of 2023, the oldest recording on the list is Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville's Phonautograms which date back to the 1850s.[112] The most recent is the Chamber Music Northwest's rendition of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Ensemble from 2012.[113]

Selections vary widely in duration. The early Edison recordings, the instrumental "Rumble" by Link Wray, "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets and the Super Mario Bros. theme by Koji Kondo each clock in at under three minutes. The Edison "Talking Doll" cylinder is only 17 seconds long and some of Scott de Martinville's Phonautographs are just as brief. Meanwhile, Georg Solti's recording of Wagner's complete Ring Cycle is approximately 15 hours in duration,[114] Alexander Scourby's recitation of the King James Bible is over 80 hours, and Lyndon B. Johnson's recordings are nearly 850 hours in length.

Two significant podcast episodes are included: "The Giant Pool of Money" from This American Life (focusing on the subprime mortgage crisis causing the Great Recession) and the Robin Williams interview from WTF with Marc Maron (before his death from suicide in 2014).[115][116]

The Super Mario Bros. theme is the first piece of video game music to be selected for the Registry.[117][118][119]

Multiple entries[edit]

List of names

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Overview". The Library of Congress. November 16, 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2007.
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  6. ^ "2002 National Recording Registry inductees". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  7. ^ Melton, Larry. "Ragtime compositions on piano rolls" (PDF). Library of Congress. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  8. ^ FDR Audio Recordings-FDR Presidential Library & Museum
  9. ^ Rives, Timothy. "General Dwight D. Eisenhower's D-Day radio address to the Allied Nations (June 6, 1944)" (PDF). Library of Congress. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  10. ^ "2003 National Recording Registry inductees". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  11. ^ "O. Winston Link Productions". owinstonlinkrailwayproductions.com. Retrieved July 2, 2022.
  12. ^ "Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen". Presto Music. Retrieved July 2, 2022.
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  15. ^ "U.S. Highball" (PDF). Library of Congress. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  16. ^ "2005 National Recording Registry inductees". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
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  18. ^ "The Impact of Barber's 'Adagio for Strings'". NPR.org. Retrieved July 2, 2022.
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  22. ^ "Listen to Registry Titles". Library of Congress. Retrieved July 1, 2024.
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  41. ^ 1979: A Year in Music: World Cafe: NPR
  42. ^ "2012 National Recording Registry inductees". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  43. ^ "Will Rogers: Bacon, Beans and Limousines". WNYC.
  44. ^ Library of Congress Adds Glass Opera, Van Cliburn to Recording Registry|WQXR Blog|WQXR
  45. ^ "Leontyne Price and A Program of Song". WNYC.
  46. ^ Leontyne Price – A Program of Song – RCA – Presto Music
  47. ^ "2013 National Recording Registry inductees". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  48. ^ "Library of Congress Beefs Up Recordings Collection, but Watch Out for That Barber". April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  49. ^ Making Fun of the Kennedys|Studio 360|WNYC
  50. ^ Christian rocker Larry Norman recognized as an American musical treasure – Music-World
  51. ^ "Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco: They Invented Salsa". WNYC.
  52. ^ "2014 National Recording Registry inductees". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  53. ^ "The Boys of the Lough". WNYC.
  54. ^ ""Sorry, Wrong Number"". WNYC.
  55. ^ Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues
  56. ^ Inductee's Gallery|Library of Congress
  57. ^ National Recording Registry Adds Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman|WQXR Blog|WQXR
  58. ^ "National Recording Registry Recognizes "Mack the Knife," Motown and Mahler". Library of Congress. March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
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  60. ^ Ellett, Ryan. "Destination Freedom, 'A Garage in Gainesville' and 'Execution Awaited' (September 25; October 2, 1949)" (PDF). Library of Congress.
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  62. ^ "Clifton Chenier and the Bogalusa Boogie". WNYC.
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  65. ^ Don McLean's 'American Pie'-Inside the Recording Registry-WNYC
  66. ^ Richard Pryor's 'Wanted: Live in Concert-Inside the National Recording Registry-WNYC
  67. ^ Renée Fleming – Great Opera Scenes – Decca: E4457602 – Presto Music
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  71. ^ Nina Simone and Ritchie Valens Songs Added to National Recording Registry – The New York Times
  72. ^ Jay-Z's 'Blueprint' Named to National Registry, Along With 'Schoolhouse Rock', 'Superfly', Nina Simone and More-MSN.com
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  76. ^ National Recording Registry Inducts Classics by Dr. Dre, Mister Rogers, Cheap Trick — Variety
  77. ^ Abbess Hildegard of Bingen – A feather on the breath of God|Presto Classical
  78. ^ Selena's 1990 album is inducted into the National Recording Registry|Univision
  79. ^ Dr. Dre's 1992 Classic 'The Chronic' Inducted Into Library Of Congress|HipHopDX
  80. ^ Jennifer Higdon – Recordings by Work Title
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  82. ^ Janet Jackson, Louis Armstrong, more voices that 'shaped our culture' join National Recording Registry : USA Today
  83. ^ The Sounds of America: The Harder They Come – BMP Audio
  84. ^ The Sounds Of America: 'Late For The Sky' – 1A
  85. ^ The Sounds of America: "Rainbow Connection" – BMP Audio
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  87. ^ Srauss – Four Last Songs – Philips: 4110522|Presto Classical
  88. ^ Israel Kamakawiwo’ole's Famous Medley Added to National Recording Registry|Hawai'i Public Radio
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  98. ^ 'Perfect rock song' among 25 titles added to National Recording Registry – The Mercury News
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