On Wednesday, 25 titles, including the iconic “Sound of Music” soundtrack and The Temptations’ “My Girl,” were added to the registry, which is now 500 strong, as Andrew R. Chow reports for The New York Times.
In a press release, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden calls the newest additions worthy of preservation. “This annual celebration of recorded sound reminds us of our varied and remarkable American experience,” Hayden says. “The unique trinity of historic, cultural and aesthetic significance reflected in the National Recording Registry each year is an opportunity for reflection on landmark moments, diverse cultures and shared memories—all reflected in our recorded soundscape.”
According to the Library of Congress, recordings must be at least 10 years old to be eligible for consideration into the registry. The titles are selected by the Librarian of Congress herself with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB). Nominations are gathered from the public through online submissions.
The class of 2017 spans 85 years of history—between 1911 and 1996— and includes live radio broadcasts, hip hop and rock n’ roll. The new additions make up just a small part of the library’s expansive collection, which spans nearly 3 million recordings to date.
If your favorite song didn’t make the list this time, now’s your chance to vote for the 2018 selections. The Library is currently accepting nominations for the next crop of contestants on its website.
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