Audio Gallery: Additions to the National Recording Registry

  • Artists whose recordings have been inducted to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry include (clockwise from top left): Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, George Carlin, Metallica, The Supremes and John Coltrane. Library of Congress/Columbia Records/Universal/Elektra

    Carlos Santana, John Coltrane, Billy Joel, Gloria Gaynor and Merle Haggard are just a few of the artists whose work has now been marked for preservation by the Library of Congress.

    On March 23, 2016, the Library named 25 audio recordings to be inducted to its National Recording Registry, a compendium of sound recordings that will be preserved as representative of America's cultural, artistic and historic treasures. Ranging from rock, pop, jazz, classical, gospel and musical theatre to radio broadcasts, spoken word and comedy albums, the recordings have been recognized as vital to our nation's audio legacy.

    Click through this gallery to listen to audio samples from each of this year's inductees, presented in alphabetical order.

    Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao said that by preserving landmark recordings of America's cultural heritage, the Registry serves to "safeguard the record of what we've done and who we are."

  • David Morgan

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